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June 4, 2012 - Issue 1207

First Issue published in October 1995!
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ACRA Upcoming Events
Our First 75 Years
Air Canada News
Women in Aviation
Reader Submitted...Photos
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Reader's Feedback
Terry's Trivia
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Welcome to the NetLetter!

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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.

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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

- Jul 1st - International sched until September 1st.

Air Canada News
Air CanadaAir Canada have re-launched daily non-stop seasonal flights between St. John's, NL and London Heathrow until September 30, 2012.

Air Canada Flt 001 Engine Failure 

On 28th of May, 2012 at around 12:00 noon, an Air Canada 777 Flight 001 outbound from Toronto to Narita had a R/H engine failure and flameout on takeoff.


The aircraft dumped fuel and made a successful emergency landing with no injuries or further mishaps.


Below are some photos of the engine damage. Now you know why there were some very hot engine parts that fell to the ground. Luckily, no one was injured.


Engine Damage  
Women in Aviation - Compiled by Terry Baker


Image Blank 200px Legendary CFI Evelyn Bryan Johnson Dies At 102
Evelyn Bryan Johnson, who logged 57,635.4 hours in the air -- more than six years -- during her long flying career, died last week at age 102. Johnson, known as "Mama Bird," taught more than 5,000 students and gave more than 9,000 check rides for the FAA. She ran a small airport in Morristown, Tenn., until she was past 100.

"Mrs. Johnson said she would retire when she was old enough, which she never was," reads her New York Times obituary. "Each time she went up in a plane -- her last flight was as a passenger in 2009 -- she said she saw something new and beautiful. 

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.  


Image Blank 200px John Rodger has sent these three photos from Sam Gatelaro's collection.
It is his late wife's flight attendant's class of 1967 Linda Penning Gatelaro is third from the left back row. Don't know any of the others in the photo.
(Now here's a challenge - anyone give us some names here? - eds)
Image Blank 200px License Training Course taken in the 1950's, location unknown - Back Row  Instructor Saloranta, Bill McEwan, John Collins, Sam Gatelaro, Alex Cazamont. Front L-R , don't know, Wiley Reed, Marcel Jottrand & Harold Muncer.
(Anyone know who is on the far left of the front row-eds)

Image Blank 200px This photo is the first delivery of the B747 from Boeing. There was no date on it, but must be from the 70's. More important in this photo we learned of the passing of Roy McCormack on Jan. 2012 and Dyce Moore on Apr. 2012 - both were 84 yrs. From Left to right Sam Gatelaro, Dyce Moore, John Baldwin AC President 1968 - 1974, Dunc Marshall, Boeing Rep, Mr. Nickesion AC and Roy McCormack. Note: I looked up John Baldwin's time at AC - went to Google and up came a whole bunch of stuff on him. He also just passed away March 2012 in Kingston ON. He was 98.

Image Blank 200px Ray Arnold has sent us this information together with some photos:
Just to inform you that my father Arthur Arnold, who began his career with Trans- Canada Air Lines in the 1950s, transferred to Vancouver to become Air Canada Airport Manager, then Vancouver Reservations Manager, passed away on July 29th, just four months shy of his 98th birthday.
Here are some period photographs from his files.
Ray Arnold

Image Blank 200px These two undated photos are of a group in Mexico, could have been an interline tour, perhaps some one can provide some identifications.
Image Blank 200px This undated photo is left to right: Stan Knight and Art Arnold with film actress Alexis Smith, probably at YVR.
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.

A young man who wanted to avoid the US draft, boarded a TCA aircraft on the ramp at Seattle-Tacoma International airport on July 15th 1954, and finally gave up after terrorizing the lone stewardess on board. The man was hoping to fly to Africa. The stewardess, Isobel Abraham of Vancouver,  was uninjured as she ran down the aisle and off the aircraft despite two shots fired in her direction. The man tossed his gun out the door before emerging with hands up. On striking the ground, the gun fired, but hit nothing. (Spokane Daily Chronicle July 15th 1954)
Reported in the Glasgow Herald published on July 19th 1962 was an incident involving an emergency Viscount aircraft at Gander after the nose wheel failed to lower. After circling for 3 hours, the landing, by Capt. William Gwynne, was on a foam covered runway with no injuries. The flight was en-route YUL-St. John's via Gander.

Issue dated - January 1969
Gathered from the "Between Ourselves" magazines -
Image Blank 200px Special winter equipment was handed over by Ground Equipment Maintenance to the Dorval line Maintenance and some of those involved pose for a photo of the event. From the left are: Syd Summer, Foreman Millwright; Pat MacCurdy, General Foreman, Millwright; Hans Ladan, Jim Mollison and Bill Shaw, Millwright Mechanics; Rafael Sharman, Engineer Flight Support Equipment; Gerry Bourdon, Foreman, Ramp Equipment Maintenance; Femand Delisle, Mechanic; Clarence Speed, Maintenance Superintendent, Ground Equipment; Gerry Twynan and Firmin Songui. Lead Mechanics; Gord Thoms, Line Maintenance Superintendent, Aircraft; and Jim Todd, General Foreman. Background are the all-purpose vehicle, DC-9 and DC-8 work stands.

Issue dated - March 1972
Image Blank 200px Marg Cloutier, Ground Hostess, Winnipeg poses with the TriStar following its landing in Winnipeg February 18th for a series of cold-weather tests. More than 2000 employees, Canadian subcontractors, and the general public visited the aircraft during its three day stay. Temperatures ranged between minus 12 and minus 30 degrees.
Image Blank 200px Here are the Copenhagen staff - the Airport Services are represented by:
Davie Blomquist, Airport Services Manager; Knud Hass, Mechanic; Susanne alk-Larsen, Passenger Agent; Kim Heyde, Station Agent; Jeannine de Alwis, Ground Hostess/Passenger Agent; Flemming Jonassen, Cargo Agent; George Veillette, Certificated Aircraft Technician; and Erik Justesen, Station Agent.
Image Blank 200px These are the people working in the Sales offices - Aase Kahene, Cashier; Jacob Thomsen, Sales Rep.; Bill Ulshoefer, Manager, Scandinavia and Northern Europe; Vibeke Friis-Jensen, Office Services Ass't.; Poul Erik Larsen, Sales Manager; and Anne Grethe Bukager, Secretary.  Cargo Sales Rep Rud Lynge was missing for this photo op.
Image Blank 200px And who could forget the Reservations & Passenger Agents group -  Finn Christensen, Reservations and Sales Office Supervisor; Maj-Britt Siemsen, Lousie Bergstonn, Marianne Bluhme and Jens Hansen, Passenger Agents. Missing was Else Marie Brink, who had recently completed 5 years service.

Image Blank 200px And rounding up the Scandinavian employees, we have this happy group in Stockholm - Kristina Grunstrom, Passenger Agent; Kirill Orelius, Sales Manager; Gunilla Nyquist, Passenger Agent; and Kerstin Kal*lander, Passenger Agent.

Image Blank 200px Tools of the trade - Shown from the left are: Bronno von Beekum, Alex MacDonald and Murray Brooks of Purchasing & Facilities with some of the tools of the art of spare parts provisioning,   a computer tape, math model, Suppliers Guide, ATA Spec 200, and a parts catalogue.
Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's SpaceQueen's Diamond Jubilee EIIR Flypast and practices
(From Rob Hemmett)

On 19 May 2012, the RAF Hawks performed a tricky EIIR formation in the sky over Windsor Castle. They began practicing for this on May 7, 2012 in Wales. This video is filmed from the perspective of "Ruby 4" - at the lower half of the loop of the 'R'. I hope you enjoy watching it.

  This is a high resolution video, so is best viewed at full screen with sound on...


Queen's Diamond Jubilee EIIR Flypast and practices
Queen's Diamond Jubilee EIIR Flypast and practices

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.
Issue dated - October 1979
Gathered from the "CPAir NEWS" magazine -
Image Blank 200px Here are the best of the CP Air Reservations at Vancouver - WIRED FOR WORK - They plug CP Air every day, chalking up lots of business in the process.
Pulling their best prongs forward are from left: Gail Haws, Eileen Stanton, Joanne Boyer, Jack Mercer, Sherrie Goral, Carol Johnson and Karen Hedges.

Image Blank 200px A SEA OF CRT's may be the most apt description of the Vancouver reservations office which handled calls from western Canada (Alberta and southern B C) and all of continental U.S.A. The four ladies and gent in foreground are from left: Joan While, Clarence Swanson, Perni Steer, Sandy Parsons and Nancy Wilson.
Image Blank 200px The GENERAL SALES agency desk and prepaid ticket agents surround the monitor console which, as the name implies, keeps a close watch on all the complex telephone hardware in the res. office. From left staffers are: Erik Zuyderduyn, Sheila Anif, Jocelyn Mayler, Brian Carlyle Sue Szczawinska, Jo McDaniel, Kim Atkinson, Darlene North, Donna MacFarlane and Georgina Hutton.

Image Blank 200px OCCUPYING THEIR OWN corner of the complex are these tariff specialists and prepaid ticket agents who obviously have a lot to smile about! Front row from left are: Maureen Zuyderduyn, Bob Houston, Donna MacFarlane, Lolita Sadeh, Sharon Revel, Tom Barske and Kale Abel. In the back from left are Linda Fordyce, Barbara Donohoe, Nancy McRae and Shannon Dublanica.

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.

Image Blank 200px Jean Downie is trying to get the record straight by sending this message:
I previously submitted the names of some crew members in the photo "Crew Rest" in NetLetter 1201. You certainly got them in the order I submitted them, in the written article, but unfortunately in the photo in this most recent edition, some of the names have been attached to the wrong people! The fourth person is Cathy Gass, but her name has been placed over Girl number three, and Elizabeth Tothe's Name has been placed over the child of the First officer!!! Just wanted to clarify this, I know that you have lots to do! Thanks for your hard work to help keep us in touch. Jean Downie
(So we will try again - eds) .
Ken Pickford picked up this error in the story regarding the DC8 hijack mentioned in NetLetter nr 1204: In the item on the 1971 DC-8 hijacking from YYC, you refer to its stop in "Grand Falls". Should read "Great Falls" (Montana).

Larry Gordon sends us this information: Greetings from Halifax!
I particularly enjoyed the story about CP Canso CF-CRR (RCAF S/N 9767) in Netletter #1204. My Dad, Ralph Gordon (1917-2005), was a pilot with 162 B.R. Squadron (RCAF) at Yarmouth, NS in 1943.  Interestingly, I have his original Log Book which confirms that he flew several operational sorties in this aircraft. I'm sure he would have been amazed to learn that this aircraft was still flying! Captain Larry Gordon Air Canada (Retired)
And Clare Ash refers to the same article as Larry and sends this information: On looking over NetLetter 1204 had special interest in the Canso item from Dennis Baxendale as I too was based in YPR - Prince Rupert and did a number of OD-10's (load sheets) for the Canso.
I thought you might be interested in identifying those in the photo left to right: Capt Dennis Baxendale, Charles (Charlie) E. Burtch, Traffic Clerk; unknown maintenance man,  ? Harper, Engineer; kneeling First Officer Denny Denman, Lou Birchall - Dispatcher Dennis has done a great job in putting this together. Regards Clare

Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker

Terry BakerChange in United Airlines ZED. We have been notified by United Airlines that with an effective date of June 1st, they will no longer be able to continue to offer the Partner Travel for ZED (Zonal Employee Discount). This means that the ZED agreement will no longer permit our employees to be accompanied by travel partners on UA and vice-versa. Employees, spouse and children will still be able to travel on UA; as will unaccompanied parents.




As we surf the internet and back issues of airline magazines we regularly find airline related jokes and cartoons. Below is our latest discovery.




Image Blank 200px During the late 1970s, a Royal Air Force "Belfast" strategic freighter approached on final to Chicago O'Hare. (What's a Belfast? Read on!)


Callsign: "Ascot 1234."

Ascot 1234: "Chicago tower, Ascot 1234."

Chicago: "Ascot, say your aircraft type."

Ascot 1234: "Ascot 1234 is a Belfast." 


Chicago: "Uhhh, what in heck's a Belfast, Ascot?"

Ascot 1234: "It's a big 4-turboprop freighter - bit like a pretty C-132."


Chicago: "O.K., Ascot, you're cleared to continue behind the landing 737. Do you have that visual?" 


Ascot 1234: "Ascot 1234, affirmative to continue." 


United 123: "Chicago Tower, this is United 123." 


Chicago: "United 123 Chicago, you're cleared to continue behind the landing Belfast." 


United 123: "The landing what?"

Chicago: "United 123, don't you know a Belfast when you see one?"

Chicago (and United) could be forgiven for not knowing what in heck a Belfast was: Only 10 were ever built. But we (53 Squadron, Royal Air Force) flew them all round the world, and we loved 'em...   

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First published in October, 1995
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  • Co-pilot - Alan Rust, Surrey, B.C.
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