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April 1, 2012 - Issue 1199

First Issue published in October 1995!
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ACRA Upcoming Events
Our first 75 years
Women in Aviation
Reader Submitted...Photos
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Odds and Ends
Terry's Trivia
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ACRA Upcoming Events- Compiled by Alan Rust
ACRA  LogoRetirees Welcome!

The following events are available for retirees through ACRA, the Air Canada Recreation Association.

ACRA BowlingACRA System Bowling!

The Air Canada Recreation Association (ACRA) System Bowling Committee invites all active employees, retirees, and their guests to attend the 2012 ACRA System Bowling Tournament in San Francisico.


Date: May 31 - June 3, 2012 
San Francisco

Venue: DoubleTree Hotel Sonoma Wine Country 


For further information and registration visit:

ACRA SoftballACRA System

The Air Canada Recreation Association (ACRA) System Softball Committee invites all active employees, retirees, and their guests to attend the SYSTEM GOLF TOURNAMENT in Halifax.


Date: June 11 - 13, 2012 

Venue: Atlantica Hotel 


For further information and registration visit:

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ACRA System Golf turns 50!

Just as Air Canada celebrates its 75 year anniversary this year, the employees who started the Air Canada Recreation Association over 50 years ago are also celebrating with their 50th Anniversary System Golf Tournament!


This is a once-in-a-lifetime milestone event that we hope you can attend.


Date: September 9 - 12, 2012 
San Diego, California

Venue: Sycuan Resort & Casino 


Prizes: To help celebrate this event, Air Canada Vacations has donated a prize of a 7 Night all inclusive package for two to Mexico with Air and Hotel at the Gran Bahia Principe Coba in a Double Occupancy Junior Suite.


For further information and registration visit: 


Our First 75 Years - Compiled by Terry Baker
AC 75 Years Anniversary1957 - Jan 4th - Order placed for twenty Vickers Vanguard turbo prop aircraft.

1964 - April 7th - Official opening of the T.C.A. Toronto Cargo Terminal.

1974 - August - Expedair launched, the small shipment service linking 10 Canadian cities. Expanded to all Canadian cities in October, and trans-border in February 1975.

Women in Aviation - Compiled by Terry Baker

A Week To Celebrate Women in Aviation.

Over the years, various events to recognize women's contributions to aviation have been held in March to coincide with Women's History Month, and this year, many events were scheduled for a week in March, in honor of International Women's Day which was held on Thursday March 8th. A group based in Canada had organized Women of Aviation Week Worldwide to encourage pilots to introduce women to aviation. 


On Saturday, March 10th, pilots could participate by taking a woman or girl for her first flight, or by taking part in an airport open house or fly-in event. In Europe on Saturday, March 10th, volunteer pilots flew across the English Channel to celebrate the centennial of the first crossing by a female pilot, Harriet Quimby, in 1912. Many more events were planned around the world and throughout the month.

One of the main fly-in events was scheduled for the Frederick, Md., airport on Saturday, March 10th. Last year, Frederick set the record for giving the most intro flights to women and girls. The free flights were already booked (though there was a waiting list), but there were plenty of events on the field for everyone, including tours of the tower, flight simulators, and lots of booths, speakers, and food. About 100 airports around the world were hosting flights on Saturday. 


Many aviation museums also were hosting special exhibits. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum hosted a "Women in Aviation and Space" family day on March 24 at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., and on March 28, curator Valerie Neal gave a talk about female space shuttle commanders. In New York, the 99s hosted a tribute to aviation's legendary women at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island on Sunday March 11th.

More information on the home page of Harriet Quimby at  

Reader Submitted Photos - Compiled by Terry Baker

Readers PhotosReader Submitted Photos -  The photos and information below have been submitted to us by our faithful readers.  

We welcome photos of interest from our readers. Please check your cupboards and shoe boxes, we bet you have some excellent photos lying around! If you do, send them to us and we will consider them for publication in a future NetLetter. We prefer good quality Air Canada/TCA, and Canadian/CPAir, etc. airline related photos, with descriptive text and names (whenever possible) included with the submission.


Ron Rhodes from Waterloo Ont. sends this from a 1964 TCA Europe ad brochure. The picture was accompanied by this short bio for Captain E.E.Jokinen. Does anyone recognize himself? 

"At Winnipeg, where I learned to fly around 1936, the wind across the Prairies always seemed to be blowing the wrong way. With a little Moth biplane going 85 mph into a 50 mph wind-you didn't get very far, very-fast things are different today. A lot of time and experience goes into planning a jet flight - to take advantage of the weather and the aircraft's performance. What used to be the "long haul" across the Atlantic, takes only a few hours now - the aircraft cruises at 550 mph. As a senior captain, I head up a DC-8 crew of nine-two more pilots (one of them a full captain), the navigator, the purser and his cabin crew of four. Put together - the flying time of a crew like this runs into big figures. Since 1 joined TCA in 1939 I've flown at least 5,000,000 miles - the last million-and-a-quarter of them on DC-8 jets.  


When we head out for London or Paris or Zurich - or any place on our routes - the skills and talents of more than 11,000 TCA people ride with us. It's a good feeling to have. You'll feel it, if you visit Britain or Europe with us. Any TCA crew would be pleased to have you aboard!"  

Image Blank 200px Ron has also sent us this photo of the jet engine test cell at YUL. Can anyone identify the mechanics here - ads?
Image Blank 200px And this TCA advertisement for the Viscount.

Thanks for the new issue of Netletter. Very interesting as usual.
Image Blank 200px After the Viscount, the Vanguard was always my next favorite aircraft. I remember flying on the Vanguard as well.  I used to see them at Windsor, Ontario on my days spent their "spotting" (after riding my bike out there from home). I do have the old TCA brochure which was issued when the Vanguard was introduced. I read your report on the Vanguard website, by the way. I am attaching a photo that I took from the YYZ parking garage (which I miss tremendously... oh, how many hours I spent on the various levels there!). I was always a "wannabe" pilot or even flight attendant... but became a French/German teacher at high school. I am now retired and have time to spend again on my old hobby, but do miss the opportunity to spend time in that parking garage again! (Unfortunately I don't have a date on the photograph.)
Thanks again for your hard work on the Netletter. It is always fun to see it and go through your old issues too.

Image Blank 200px Jack Stephens has sent us these two photos of paintings by Jim Bruce.
In 1959, Vickers Viscount CF-TGT fin 612 c/n 57 in the hangar was known as the Line Maintenance Hangar. It appears the aircraft is having a main wheel change. To the left can be seen a spare Rolls Royce Merlin engine awaiting the next  DC4 NorthStar.

Image Blank 200px The "famous" CF-JEA Douglas DC-4 of Winnipeg-based Transair shown during departure preparations at Winnipeg's Stevenson Field in 1957. Transair (1955-1977) was an important regional carrier and was involved in flying support for the DEW (distant early warning) line and mid-Canada line at this time. JEA flew for 14 years with the carrier and did a weekly run Montreal-Ottawa-Winnisk-Churchill-Winnipeg. It ended up in California where it was scrapped in 1974 .
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery - Compiled by Terry Baker
TCA/Air Canada  LogoBelow we have musings from the "Between Ourselves" and "Horizons" magazine, Air Canada publications from years gone by, as well as various in-house publications.

The NetLetter has been fortunate enough to have our readers donate vintage Trans-Canada Air Lines and Air Canada publications from as far back as 1941 to share with you. These have been scanned and are being prepared for presenting in a special area of the ACFamily Network for archival and genealogy research.

Captain W.D.Clarke made a successful forced landing on April 9th, 1969 at Sept. Iles enroute YUL via Bagotville and Quebec City. The co-pilot was P.C. Gillis, flight attendants Susanne Payette and Ginette Alary.

Issue dated - July 16th 1975
Extracts from the "Horizons" Magazine
Image Blank 200px During 1965, the Winnipeg station achieved on-time departure for 87  consecutive flights as per timetable. Here are some of the employees involved. Busy worklng on the final calculation of load figures are, from the left: Herb Britton Lead Load Agent; Load Agents Dave Dickie and Lou Wiggington, and A/Ramp Supervisor Brian Cox.

Image Blank 200px Discussing the possibility of a tire change are, from the left: Brian Cox, A/Ramp Service Supervisor, Captain Fred Meredith, and Lead Station Attendant Les Jansen.
Issue dated - September 1975
Image Blank 200px Toronto touts Texas - Earlier this summer, some twenty Toronto passenger agents from reservations and special accounts became temporary sales representatives to help in-agency and commercial sales personnel promote the new Texas route. Standing from the left are: Bill Campbell, George Aldan, Ken Hare, Al Robertson, Bob Gill, Larry Wert, Chuck Wilson, Bob Rathwell, Nigel Ealing, Roger Siauenwhite, Jim Clancy and Rick Lavery. Seated, from the left: Sheila Hawks, Ingrid Moffat, Doreen De Roos, Marg Taylor, Valery Brady and Marie Haselmann. Missing from the photo are Erma Edelson, Russ Burd, Dixie Koulouras, Al Harris, Jim Romaine, Raymond Surette, Greg Lawson and Beth Gabbis.

Air Canada operated the first international aircraft  to fly into Lubbock, Regional airport, located some 400 miles west of Dallas, with a DC-8 to collect a cargo of malathion chemical to help combat the mosquito menace in Manitoba, which will be sprayed by smaller aircraft. The operation was overseen by Gord Russell, a Montreal Load supervisor.

Issue dated - April 1964
Found in "Between Ourselves" Magazine 

Image Blank 200px Over 50 employees and friends in Accounting & Finance and other departments attended a going away party for Winnie King (center with corsage) at the Laurentien Hotel who, after 15 years with accounting in Montreal, has moved to Winnipeg as a Programmer for Systems and Procedures. Here we have a photo of the happy group but, except for identifying Winnie, there are no identifications - (anyone like to try and put names to faces - eds).

Image Blank 200px "Christmas card by teletype" - read an article in the Glasgow Sunday morning Post of December 22nd, 1963. "An original Christmas card has been sent all over the world by the staff of Trans-Canada Air Lines in Toronto". It's a teletype portrait of President Kennedy made up of 1500 teleprinting symbols. Efforts were made to locate a copy of this teletype, and was eventually located in Winnipeg and forwarded to Glasgow.
(Do we know the author of this unique card? - eds)

Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's SpacePentagon Orders USAF, Navy To Buy Vintage Warbirds
Lower Operating Costs, Plenty Of Firepower Make For Significant Savings
ANN April 1st Special Edition (Sorry we're a day late to most people)

The Pentagon on April 1st announced that it has initiated a program to buy up vintage warbirds as part of its effort to comply with mandatory budget cuts imposed by the Obama administration.

Image Blank 200px The military has set aside an undisclosed sum for the purchase of as many P-51 Mustangs, P-38 Lightnings, and F4-U Corsairs as it can find, and bring them back to military standards. "Even with the cost of purchasing and upgrading the aircraft, the cost is significantly lower than the development of a new airplane," said Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. "We can operate squadrons of these airplanes for the cost of a single F-35. In most places in the world, they still would be the most capable fighters in the air, and the reduction in maintenance costs will save the U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars.

The move has sparked a surge of applicants to both the Air Force and Navy's aviation program, as pilots line up to get a chance to fly the airplanes they've always dreamed about. "Fly a P-51 or a P-38! Where do I sign up?" said one potential pilot waiting in a line at an Air Force recruiting office that extended around the block. The 50-year-old pilot candidate did admit that he might be a little long in the tooth to be considered, but "I just have to try."

But the applicants also include younger pilots whose fathers and grandfathers flew the airplanes during their time in the service. Pentagon officials said they hoped that the private owners of the aircraft would be willing to sell them back to the government as a patriotic gesture, but they were willing to take them by eminent domain. "This is a matter of national security, as well as a way to get our fiscal house in order," Panetta said. "We'll buy what we can, and take what we have to."

Some owners have reportedly begun quietly moving their vintage warbirds offshore as a way to protect them from the re-acquisition program. Other aircraft targeted for purchase include P-40 Warhawks and UH-1 Huey helicopters.

WestJet introduces child-free cabins
Introducing Kargo Kids, an exciting new program allowing guests to travel on select child-free flights, creating a quieter and more relaxing inflight experience, while children travel in a "special VIP" area of the aircraft.

WestJet introduces child-free cabins
WestJet introduces child-free cabins

Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc. People & Events
- Compiled by Terry Baker
CAIL TailsNews and articles from days gone by gleaned from various publications from C.A.I.L. and it's "ancestry" of contributing airlines.

1996 - July 1st - Pacific Coastal Airlines becomes a new partner of Canadian Airlines.

1987 - Mar 31st - First aircraft sporting Canadian Airlines International new livery went into active service when DC-10 fin 912 departed YVR for YYZ.

        - April 1st - Commercial agreement made with 46% owned Time Air.
        - Oct 27th - Canadian Business Class introduced, replacing Attache and Empress Class within North America. Royal Canadian Business Class has been renamed Canadian Business Class for international flights.

Issue dated - November 1992
Gathered from "Info Canadi>n" Magazine
Image Blank 200px PWA Corp and Canadian Airlines launched a $1b lawsuit against the practices of Air Canada and AirBC.

Showing off Canadian Airlines at the Quality Fair in Toronto - The entire cast of volunteers included, above from left, Jennifer Moir, Vic Dergman of the Achieve Group (Canadian's Service/Quality consultants); Patty Schachter, Garry Donovan, Mark Brown, Lisa Oelke, Tony Johnston, Dale Ihamaki, Scott Hunter, Daintree Hunter, Paul Moreira, Caroline Hagan,  Graham Perkins and Jerry George. Seated is Darlene Berscht and Aaron Cunningham.

Issue dated - July 1996 - This issue was in a revised book form and will be issued monthly.
B737 fin 744 was the last aircraft being maintained at Calgary, in a cost saving decision, all future maintenance for the B737 and A320 will be performed in Vancouver.
Image Blank 200px From the 1995 President's awards -
LEFT TO RIGHT (BACK): Fran Raderecht, Richard Gardner, Peter Kaiser. Richard Alexander, Gail Corrigan, Marg Banfield, Pat Burtnick, Doug Taylor, Bruce Louden, Larry Wiliams (retiree), Dennis Dahl, Bill Andrews. Front: Joan Douglas, Rosalee Hing, Darlene Cote, Nancy Baker, Lorraine Al-Janaby, Janice  Brundell, George McRobbie and Bernie Murphy. Missing: Kevan Dancer, Don Hanberg, Al Watson and Don Olson (retiree).
Image Blank 200px Left to right (standing): Helen Forsythe (retiree), Rob MacDonald, Jeff Edwards, Kevin Jenkins, Helene Carmichael, Ann Bolton, Paula Deering, Andy Kempa. Seated: Jim Stewart, Gayle Hiscott, Barb Adelman, Laura Hunt, Anne West and Gilles Laframboise. (Missing): John Armstrong and Stewart Paterson.

Reader's Feedback - Compiled by Terry Baker
Reader's Feedback 
Every week we ask our readers for their stories or  feedback on what they have read here in previous issues. Below is the feedback we have received recently.

Cliff Cassidy sends us this information and refers to NetLetter nr 1197 -
Hello the "Netletter" team...
What a great job you folks do, bringing interesting and nostalgic items of aviation news to us. Thanks very much. If I may make a correction to the "Lancastrian flight from YUL to YWG to YUL" item. The Captain's name is actually GATH EDWARD. I'm sure he and his son, retired Captain Dave Edward, spent their entire careers telling people there was no S at the end of Edward. Once one was told, however, one never forgot it!
Cheers and thanks again for the good work.
Retired F/O Cliff Cassidy Publisher RAPCAN PX Magazine
Patricia Thomas refers to the photo in NetLetter nr 1197 of the crew with the captain on his last flight, and suggests this identification -
In the photo supplied by Jan Wegman in the issue of 8 Mar 12: the captain I believe is George McKayJP Thomas
In our article regarding the Bomber Command Memorial in NetLetter nr 1196, we misquoted Robin Gibb as Robin Gibbs, as pointed out by Dave Townson. In this email Greetings, Gang. That famous Bee Gee is of course Robin Gibb. Regards, Dave Townson.
Norman Hogwood pointed out that the date of this incident, mentioned in NetLetter nr 1196, was July 10th, 1956.
During a flight from Chicago to Toronto on June 10th, 1956, the Viscount threw a propeller blade through the cabin, out the other side and damaging the engine. Both starboard side engines were shut down, and Capt D.Smuck made a successful emergency landing with just the two port engines operational.

Image Blank 200px Jim Goltz sends us this information and a revision of the photo originally sent in by Peter Hartman in NetLetter nr 1190 -
A friend sent me a copy of your news letter, that included a picture of a DC-8 endorsement class. (February 18, 2012 - Issue 1195).

As I was one of the CAT's on that course, it brought back some memories! I can add some information to the picture for you as well! George was one of our instructors, and did a great job! The course was conducted in YYZ and YUL, in the spring of 1987. As mentioned, there were a number of 'customer/contract' students ( I don't recall their names). The fellow in the engine Cowl is John Orsini (sic) not John Longo, the other names are correct.
I've added some names to the attached pic. (I may have not got the spelling correct on all of them!)
Jim Goltz,  Air Canada Maintenance, (ret.)

Image Blank 200px Bob Ellis sends this comment regarding the photo we had in NetLetter nr 1196 which Jack Stephens had submitted.

The Aircraft is definitely not a DC4m. Check the dihedral  on the horizontal stabilizers. That is either a Viscount or a Mudguard.
Luv the Netletter. Lots of memories, even for us old Transair types. Keep her flying.
Bob Ellis
(The NetLetter gang thought it was either a Viscount or Vanguard as it looks like an integral stair deployed - eds)

Odds and Ends.


Image Blank 200px In 1931, Vancouver airport opened. The first international air service was on July 1st, 1934 with the arrival of a B247 operated by United Airlines and its departure to Seattle. Trans-Canada Air Lines operated its first flight in September 1937 from Vancouver to Seattle. Canadian Pacific Air Lines stared serving the airport in March 1942.
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Mike Horan, ex Air Canada in Ireland has sent us this information:
BUDGET airline Ryanair has been rapped by a watchdog for a "sexist" advertising campaign which "objectified" women.

The promotion, which showed a scantily-clad model in lingerie, sparked a string of complaints with one flight attendant claiming it portrayed cabin crew as glamor models. The adverts, which ran with the strap line "Red Hot Fares & Crew", have now been banned. Ryanair, no stranger to controversy, said the promotion featured shots taken from its 2012 cabin crew charity calendar. "The PC quacks at the ASA received just 17 complaints about ads for the 2012 Ryanair calendar, and every year 10,000 people buy a copy of our calendar to help raise €100,000 to change the lives of those who need help the most, and for this reason Ryanair will continue to produce, promote and advertise our charity calendars." The calendars are available on Ryanair flights, or at just e10.00.

Referring to "Free flights" advertised, a survey shows that even "free" flights are anything but -- for example an Aer Lingus return flight to Birmingham costing nothing, finally rings in at €86.98 once €44.98 of taxes and charges, a €12 handling fee and a €30 baggage charge is added on. And a Ryanair flight to Paris with a return fare of €74.73 has a final price tag of €186.12 once you add on €34.89 for taxes and charges, €12 online check-in fees, €0.50 ETS levies, €4 EU261 levies, €50 bag charge, €10 priority boarding fee and €12 administration fee.
Coincidentally, Airbus delivered the 7,000 commercial aircraft in December 2011. A321-231 c/n 4957 to US Airways and registered N552UW and Boeing delivered its 7,000 B737 in December 2011, a B737-800 c/n 40250 to fly Dubai and registered A6-FDW.

Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker

Terry BakerZED and ID50% E-Ticketing now available for Korean Airlines (KE) and Air New Zealand (NZ). Paperless ZED E-tickets will be available on the Employee Travel Site for ID50% via the Call Centre.
Found in the "Horizons" magazine issed September 1975. 



Recently an old factory building outside Edinburgh, Scotland, was demolished. In the office area, workmen found a listing of work rules issued in 1852. 

  1. Good lines, cleanliness, and punctuality are the necessities of a good business.  
  2. This firm has reduced the hour of work and the clerical staff will now only have to be present between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm.  
  3. Daily prayers will be held each morning in the main office.  
  4. Clothing must be of a sober nature. The staff will not disport themselves in raiment of bright color.  
  5. Overshoes and top coats may not be worn in the office, but neck scarves and head wear may be worn in inclement weather.  
  6. A stove is provided for the benefit of their staff. It is recommended that each member bring four pounds of coal on cold days.   
  7. No member may leave the room without permission from Mr. Rogers. The calls of nature are permitted and clerical staff may use the garden. (The garden!, not for the calls of nature surely - eds)  
  8. No talking is allowed during business hours.  
  9. The craving of tobacco, wines or spirit is a human weakness, and as such is forbidden.  
  10. The partaking of food is allowed between 11:30 a.m. and noon, but work will not on any account cease.  
  11. Members of the staff will provide their own pens.  
  12. Mr. Rogers will nominate a senior clerk to be responsible for the clean lines of the office. All boy and junior will report to him 40 minutes before prayers and will remain after closing for similar work.  
  13. Management recognizes the generosity of the new Labor Laws, but will expect a great rise in output of work to compensate for these near utopian conditions. 
Smileys - Compiled by Terry Baker
As we surf the internet and back issues of airline magazines we regularly find airline related jokes and cartoons. Below is our latest discovery.

Tower: "You're cleared for take-off - runway 29."
Farmer: "Cleared for take-off; 29.
Tower: (a little while later) "Bravo Charlie Alpha, nice take-off."
Farmer: "Uh, thank you, tower."
Tower: "Just one small thing: Next time, can you use the runway instead of the taxiway?"

Image Blank 200px Here is a Mathias cartoon from "Horizons" issued September 1975.
The caption reads: "Tag these dummy bags "flight 865" and put them on the carousel until their bags arrive. We've got to keep their spirits up".

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We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the NetLetter, see you next week! 
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E&OE - (errors and omissions excepted) - The historical information as well as any other information provided here is subject to correction and may have changed over time. We do publish corrections when they are brought to our attention.
First published in October, 1995
  • Chief Pilot - Terry Baker, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • Co-pilot - Alan Rust, Surrey, B.C.
  • Flight Engineer - Bill Rowsell, Londesboro, Ontario
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