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December 24, 2012 - Issue 1234
First Issue published in October 1995!
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Our First 75 Years
Star Alliance News
Women in Aviation
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Reader Submitted...Photos
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
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Welcome to the NetLetter!

We welcome you to allow the NetLetter to be your platform, and opportunity, to relive your history while working for either TCA, AC, CPAir, CAIL, PWA, AirBC, Wardair, etal and share your experiences with us!

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas.
Terry Baker and the NetLetter Team
Our First 75 years - Compiled by Terry Baker


53 mags Front covers of "Between Ourselves" magazine issue # 101 Jan 1953 through #

121 Dec 1953.

1939 - In February, mail and express service to Calgary was established. Regular Air mail and express night schedules went into effect between Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver in March. A month later, passenger service began on this route and between Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton. Air mail service, on a daylight schedule, was extended in November to Moncton.


The Electra's were sold and six Lockheed Fourteens were acquired, bringing the fleet up to fifteen. The Toronto hangar was completed and another erected at Montreal. Work was begun on a hangar at Moncton. Extensions to the Winnipeg hangar and shops were completed. (source 1942 annual report)

1946 - September 16th - Inauguration of service between Port Arthur - Fort William - Duluth.


1946 - November 1st - Inaugurated DC-3 service between Victoria and Seattle.


1946 - September 15th - Extended Lancaster service from Prestwick to London, England.

1947 - May 1st - DC-3 equipment replaced Lodestar service between St. John's and Gander.


1947 - May 5th - Inaugural DC-3 service to Torbay.


1947 - July 1st - DC-3 service inaugurated to Sault Ste Marie.


1947 - Oct 1st - First scheduled flight to Shannon, Ireland from Montreal with North Star "Skyliner" equipment.


Star Alliance News
Star Alliance
Calin Rovinescu
, President and CEO of Air Canada has been elected Chairman of the Chief Executive Board of Star Alliance.

Air Canada and Turkish Airlines will begin code sharing in the second quarter of 2013. The move will take advantage of Air Canada's planned Toronto-Istanbul route launching next summer pending government approval. Star Alliance commended the announcement by Heathrow Airport to designate Terminal 2 as the new home for its member carriers serving one of the world's most important international airports. Once the new Terminal 2 opens in 2014, the 23 Star Alliance member carriers operating at Heathrow will move in various stages from their current locations.
Air Canada is currently expected to re-locate during 2014.

Women in Aviation - Compiled by Terry Baker

What compelled 45 women from Anchorage to Chesterfield, N.H., to trek to Vernon, Texas, a tiny north-Texas town where there are more trucks than cars? All had heard about a unique program called Girls in Flight Training (GIFT) Academy that provides free ground and flight instruction for women in all stages of flight training.


The second annual event was held Nov. 3-10 at the Wilbarger County Airport. According to Patti Shannon, the promise of free flight training was certainly a big draw, but she and many others were in pursuit of something that can't be logged.


Air Canada News
Air CanadaJet Shopping --- Air Canada is considering purchases of mid-sized jets amid growing confidence the country's biggest carrier will be profitable next year after an anticipated fifth straight loss.
Talks are under way with Boeing Co., Airbus SAS and Bombardier Inc. for more than 100 aircraft, CCO Ben Smith said in a telephone interview. A decision to buy planes may come "in the short term", Smith said, sooner than the one-year timeline the airline gave on November 8th. Adding single-aisle models with the latest fuel-saving technology that can carry about 150 passengers could help Air Canada shed its status as North America's least-efficient carrier. Its fleet is twice as old as that of discounter WestJet Airlines Ltd., which Air Canada is challenging by creating a low-cost unit.
Boeing says its 737 Max with new engines will have a 19 percent fuel-use advantage over the current A320. Airbus is reworking that plane into the A320neo for a 2015 debut that would beat the Max's 2017 arrival. Bombardier's CSeries will probably enter service in mid-2014.
"Neo, Max and the CSeries are all very exciting airplanes," Smith said.  "We are studying them very closely.  There are fuel-efficiency levels that we've never seen, costs that are much lower. Of course, there are high capital costs to bring these airplanes in. "The latest Boeing and Airbus narrow-bodies list for about $100 million each, though airlines typically buy at a discount. Bombardier's CSeries planes retail for $61.8 million to $70.6 million, depending on the model.
(source, Brian Dunn, editor)

Image Blank 200px Air Canada's new leisure airline, Air Canada rouge, will launch operations July 1, 2013 from Toronto Pearson and Montreal Trudeau.
The new carrier will serve European and Caribbean destinations with a fleet of two Boeing 767-300ERs and two Airbus A319s.The previously announced leisure carrier will introduce new service from Toronto Pearson service to Venice and Edinburgh. It will also operate Air Canada's seasonal Athens service from Montreal Trudeau and Toronto as well as existing Air Canada flights operated in cooperation with Air Canada Vacations from Toronto to Cuba (Varadero, Cayo Coco, Holguin and Santa Clara), the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Samana), Jamaica (Kingston) and Costa Rica (San Jose and Liberia) beginning this July. Its Boeing 767 aircraft will operate transatlantic flights in a two-cabin configuration while the Airbus A319s will operate North American flights in an all-economy configuration.
The aircraft will be released from Air Canada's fleet as it takes delivery of two new Boeing 777-300ERs in 2013. "Air Canada rouge will expand to other popular holiday destinations as Air Canada starts to take delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in 2014, thereby freeing up aircraft for deployment in the Air Canada rouge fleet," Air Canada said in a statement. "As this occurs, and subject to commercial demand, Air Canada rouge may operate up to 20 Boeing 767-300ER aircraft and 30 Airbus A319 aircraft, for a total of 50 aircraft."

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.  


Tony Iudica sent us this information and photos: Hi guys. I bought this model few years ago off EBay and was interested as to why this was done, so I did some research (other picture) and found that Air Canada obviously never operated Caravelles but the Musee de l'Airs acft F-GCVL was temporary painted in Air Canada colors for the shooting of the movie Public Enemy Number One on the life of criminal Jacques Mesrine. Hows that for some trivia. Cheers, Tony Iudica, AC Tampa, happily retired!

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Robert Arnold sent us this information regarding the restoration of Viscount is CF-THS c/n 279 Air Canada Fleet 637: As I start and organize the project on the Viscount at the Western Canada Aviation Museum in Winnipeg, it was the restoration of the Viscount at the BC Aviation Museum at YYJ, and seeing how great it turned out that inspired me to take on this project. Our museum's Chief of Restoration, Mr. Bob Moore was able to award me with the green light to proceed with the restoration on the interior of our Viscount.

There is lots of work ahead. I will be meeting with the crew so we can figure out where and how to start and see if we can get a handle on the costs to do this. Not all the seats and curtains are this bad, but they still need lots of work. The lavs are in real good shape so minimal work is needed there. The flight deck needs a good dusting and cleaning and a touch up of the black paint. Pilot seats need work.

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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.

On May 5th, 1947, the inaugural DC-3 service to Torbay which was commanded by Captains E. E. Jokinsen and A. Wolton with Stewardess Gagnon.


On July 1st, 1947, DC-3 service inaugurated to Sault Ste Marie and was crewed by Captains Al Edwards and J. B. Higham and Stewardess Paetsh.


On the same day the first DC-3 service to Swift Current. The crew members of CF-TDM fin 360 were Captain D. Brady, F/O J. Grant, Stewardesses P. Chidoni and R. Wiggins.


The first scheduled flight to Medicine Hat was under the command of Captain C. R. Fogel, with F/O J. Martin and Steward Lancaster.


On July 12th, 1947, the TCA Employees' Flying Club at Toronto staged its first annual Picnic/Jamboree. The program commenced with free airplane rides in Fleet Canuck CF-EAU for the children in attendance.


Extracted from the "Between Ourselves" magazine issue dated October 1946:  1946 - September 16th - Inauguration of service between Port Arthur - Fort William - Duluth. Crew of the Lockheed L14-08 equipment is Captain Bill Loftus, F/O Harry Tindle and Stewardess Mary Anne Charbonneau.


Due to the increase in the size of the newer aircraft, TCA started accepting Stewardesses up to five feet six inches, with the minimum remaining the same at five feet. Weight limitations still draw the line at 125 pounds. (We wonder what the new height and weight will be for working in the jumbo's -eds)


Issue dated - November 1947
Image Blank 200px The Irish were well represented in the crew of the inaugural North Star flight to Shannon on October 1st.

In this photo from left to right: Purser, Steward J. D. Murphy; Navigator Bill Ramsay; Captain J. A. Wright; Stewardess Theresa Mulligan; First Officer G. S. Quinn and Radio Officer L. S. Burke.

Issue dated - April 1972
Image Blank 200px INFORMAL MEETINGS between representatives of In-Flight Service and Customer Service managers were held in Vancouver recently with a view to improving the quality of service to our passengers. Eighteen stewardesses and pursers attended and were given an outline of responsibilities of customer service departments by the managers present. From the left seated are: Agnes De Page, Jim Warry, Brian Elsey, Larry LeBlanc, Yvette Staples, Bill Garven, Noreen Banks, Roy Lockhart, Harvey Lomer, Chris Riley, and Alex Stebner. Standing from the left are: Bill Dickinson, Dave Pember, Roy Stringer, Gerry Hoag, and Bill Rourke.

Image Blank 200pxWhen President John Baldwin flew to Prestwick for a staff visit and a speech in Glasgow recently, he arrived properly prepared for the erratic lighting situation created by the coal miners' strike. Well stocked with candles and a powerful lantern, he 'saved the day' (and night) on a number of occasions. "Lighten our darkness" Al Ward (Manager, Scotland and England) we beseech thee, said the Glasgow female staff during the intermittent blackouts, and so he arranged that the president answer the maiden's prayers and bring with him a load of candles.

The smiling staff shown with the President are, from the left: Passenger Agent Anne Mclaughlin; Joyce Paul, Secretary; Passenger Agents Jay Caldwell and Beverley Campbell; and Margaret Watt, Secretary.

Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's SpaceChristmas Video from Air Canada YVR

I was sent this video yesterday, just in time to include in our last NetLetter before Christmas.


It is very well done and is a sequel to the video done in YVR (Vancouver for non-airline readers) last year. 


It looks like they had a lot of fun making it and it is fun to watch. The band sounds good too! 



Hope you have a great Christmas,



Air Canada Christmas - We are Family
Air Canada Christmas - We are Family


From Christmas 2011 (in case you missed it)

Air Canada Christmas Music Video
Air Canada Christmas Music Video
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 its "ancestry" of contributing airlines.

Bill Cameron has sent us this information: Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame has just announced the names of four new Members - including Joseph Fernand "Frank" Henley, former executive of Maritime Central Airways, Nordair and Hydro Quebec, and the Recipient of 'The Belt of Orion' - to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a Dinner Gala on May 30th, 2013 in Ottawa, ON.
The 'Belt of Orion' to be awarded to Canadian Pacific Air Lines, for 'Outstanding contributions to the advancement of Aviation in Canada'. Regards, Bill Cameron, Belt of Orion recipient
Canadian Pacific Air Lines Ltd., was established under modest conditions in 1942 with the amalgamation of ten small, independent air services. The airline went on to expand its operations and become a prominent international and domestic provider of scheduled air services. Canadian Pacific Air Lines serviced nearly every province and territory in Canada, as well as 14 countries across five continents. The company also launched Canadian airline services across the Pacific.

Image Blank 200px In December 1987, a booklet titled "Meet the Canadians" was issued containing photos of the North American Sales Group, here we have the sixth page.
Issue dated - March 1988
Beginning April 3rd, Canadian Airlines passed to Canadian Partner authority to operate Toronto-Hamilton-Pittsburgh with Jetstream 31 equipment. Canadian Airlines B737 was too large an aircraft for such low loads. Four of the 13 bases being transferred to Canadian Partners held parties.

Fort Nelson, which had been a CPAir base since 1942 were transferred effective May 1st and all dormer employees were invited to the "Grande Finale" party held April 22 - 24th.

Waltson Lake, a base since 1937 was also transferred May 1st. Their party ran from April 15 - 17th. Both Fort Nelson and Watson Lake were transferred to Time Air.

Charlo, transferring on June 24th, and Chatham the next day, both going to Inter-Canadian. They both came on line in 1963 with Eastern Provincial. The employees planned having their party together.

Grande Praire, moving to Time Air on April 29th after the last Canadian Airlines flight departs. The former employees will be at the Golden Inn.
Castlegar did not plan any party. The operation was taken over by Time Air on May 1st.

Quesnel switched to Time Air also on May 1st, and the party was at the Red Room restaurant.

Penticton will become a Time Air base. No party was planned, neither were the employees of Williams Lake the operation moved to Time Air on May 1st.

Dryden became an Ontario Express base effective May 1st, and the eight employees had a lunch. Windsor was also transferred to Canadian Partner May 1st.

Dawson Creek goes to Time Air, Pittsburgh moved to Canadian Partner. Both bases only had two employees and they didn't think they would have a splash. (We were unable to locate any photos of these party's - eds)

Issue dated - April 1988
On April 4th, 1988 saw the inauguration of the Vancouver - Frankfurt service.

Start up service between North Bay and Toronto April 3rd with Canadian Partner Jetstream equipment was marked by a special introductory fare.

Inter-Canadien, consisting of Quebecair, Nordair Metro and Quebec Aviation had a commercial agreement with Canadian Airlines since October 1987 became a fully fledged partner on March 27th 1988.
The service between Montreal (Mirabel) and Fort Lauderdale was suspended May 1st 1988.

Canadian Airlines International received its first B767-300ER aircraft Fin 631 CF-CAB at Everett, Washington  on April 14th 1988. The first revenue flight was Vancouver to Los Angeles on April 17th.

Issue dated - May 1988
In April, Canadian Airline was taking delivery of state-of-the-art
B-767-300ER. In 1943, predecessor company Canadian Pacific Air Lines took delivery of these four Canadian built Noorduyn Norseman aircraft, which were stale-of-the-art in the mid-1940's. Each carried eight passengers and cruising speed was 140 miles per hour. Minus
the wings, all four of these aircraft could be placed into the passenger
cabin of today's B-767ER, and there would still be room to spare.

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Wayne Weston, shift supervisor, computer operation Vancouver, whose father worked for many years for the manufacturer, Noorduyn Aviation.

Image Blank 200px Canadian Airline's European staffers put on big smiles after a meeting of sales representatives and reservations supervisors held in Frankfurt during April 1988. The meeting, first ever of its type, was directed by Allan Tremblay, general manager sales, Europe.

The front row left to right, are: Catherine Benoit, Brussels; Marilisa
Ambrosi, Milan; Birgit Siewert, Munich; Silvia Scheiwiller-Matter, Zurich; Geraldine Chanoinat, Paris; and Margit Delachs, Dusseldorf.
Second row are: Manna Sieliakus, Amsterdam; Helen Dompeling, Amsterdam; Yvonne Visser, Amsterdam; Maurizio Ruffini, Rome; Brigitte Jovic, Frankfurt; Helga Schreiber, Munich; and Margery Nash, London. Third row are: Sally Shaffer-Spalinger, Zurich; Charles Muller, Vancouver; Alberto Battisti, Rome; Juliane Vallarino, Hamburg; Eli Andersen, Copenhagen; and Anne Walker, London. Fourth row are: Giorgio Foresta, Rome; Allan Tremblay, London; Gary Meixner, Vancouver; Barry Davis, London; Michael Economitsios, Athens; Pierluigi Marchetto, Rome; and Barbro Edman, Stockholm. Fifth row are: Ron Lassing, Amsterdam; Nissim Sagis, general sales agent (non-employee), Tel Aviv; Mike Weiland, London; Peter Tomes, Frankfurt; David Wheeler, London; Harry Ascroft, Manchester; and Ronnie Macaulay, Glasgow.

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.
Ken Pickford sends this observation:
On reading of NetLetter #1231 I came to the item on the inauguration of PWA's "Airbus" service between Edmonton and Calgary in 1963, you indicate on the photo with that item that it was taken at Edmonton Municipal Airport (YXD). That is most definitely not YXD. It's some airport in the north as indicated by the gravel ramp and very small terminal building. The photo also has nothing to do with the inauguration of the Airbus  service YXD-YYC. That service initially used a DC-4 that was specially modified for that service. The aircraft in the photo is a DC-6B, which did replace the DC-4 on the Airbus flights but not until a couple of years later. I found the related item in the PWA Reunion site and the photo in the Edmonton Journal article actually doesn't say it was taken at YXD. I expect they just pulled out a stock photo to show a PWA aircraft. Someone else may recognize the actual location of that photo. 
Regards, Ken

Aubrey Winterbotham has sent us this url:
Old 1955 video of a TCA flight. It is 30 minutes long but interesting.
The NetLetter had this information in an earlier NetLetter, but our readers may want to see it again. It is from the National Film Board and shows the Winnipeg shops and a flight on the North Star and Viscount aircraft.

Barry Bliouin sends this memory after reading NetLetter nr 1227:
I don't now how many of these "old" Winnipeggers are still around, but I do remember how much fun these guys were when the base closed in Winnipeg and they transferred to the accessory shop in YUL. I started in Dec,1964 as a 19 year old, learner1, in the acc. shop and met most of these guys in the next few years. It was a fun time in my life.
Barry Blouin, empl. #08540

Norman Hogwood in New Zealand sends this story which may interest Viscount mechanics: A little matter that crosses my mind and one which I know was definitely true, goes back to my days with Vickers. We (the Vickers Spares Contract Dept) were always amazed at the number of Viscount nose and main wheel trunnions and flap chains that TCA went through. Compared with other operators, the numbers were huge and seemed to indicate differences in maintenance practices. (The chains were extremely expensive). I've been wondering if any of the NetLetter readers can throw any light on this?

Norman has this query: I've been doing some memory research lately and one little item I seem to recall is that way back in the 1950's or 60's, there was a yarn going around that TCA had "lost" a gold ingot. The story went that it was subsequently found wrapped in hessian and being used as a door stop in an office in YYZ. I'd be interested to know if that was anywhere close to the truth!

Odds and Ends.

Image Blank 200pxSometimes we receive articles and information that just doesn't fit in our other areas. This is where it goes!

A jointly funded industry/government initiative in the UK is operating a
Jetstream 31 commuter plane in flight trials to demonstrate autonomous flight systems and flight via a remotely based pilot, while also carrying two on-board safety pilots. The twin-engine turboprop aircraft will be flown in trials during the next few weeks from Warton Aerodrome in Lancashire, England.


A pilot on the ground will operate the aircraft in conjunction with on-board systems. The tests aim to demonstrate the systems' ability to navigate the aircraft, avoid others, and respond to air traffic control requests relayed to the ground-based pilot through the aircraft. Two pilots will fly in the aircraft as safety crew to observe operations and take positive control if needed.


Developers don't expect these tests to lead directly to remotely piloted passenger operations, but they do consider that as a possible outcome of the technology's evolution. (Just think, future pilots will be able to work from home - eds) 


Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker

Terry Baker


ZED E-Ticketing will be available for American Airlines (AA) effective  - Friday, December 7. Paperless ZED E-tickets will be available on the Employee Travel Site.
Flight Listing must be done via the listing tool: For details, please check the Aeronet Portal > Employee Travel site. 



Fraser Muir has sent us this adventure from his recent visit to New Zealand: On a recent 27 day cruise to Australia on the Sea Princess, we had an unexpected "Adventure" in the village of Akaroa, New Zealand.

With no docking facilities, 730 passengers were put ashore via tenders to participate in the various tours planned in the area. Joan and I boarded a bus for Christ Church. During the day, a storm moved into the area and by the time we got to Christ Church it was pouring rain. We returned to Akoara only to learn the tender service back to the ship had been cancelled because of rough seas, and we were stranded. There was no shelter in the immediate dock area, but someone advised that the school had been opened and for everyone to follow him... so away we went like a bunch of drowned rats.

Although the village only has a population of 800 souls, Villagers had tea and coffee available in less than an hour, and advised us that emails and phone calls were made to the hotels, inns, B & B's and anyone that could help in accommodating us overnight. A committee was quickly formed by one of the ship's officers, and a number of crew members helped distribute coffee, blankets, and sausages, cheese and bread, (provided by the local butcher).

Lesley and Mary Neilson from Canmore were sitting with Joan and I. When a chap invited us to come home with him, Joan accepted immediately, and away we went... to the most beautiful B & B one could imagine; The Chateau Mont Clair, owned by Gerry Trott and his wife Anita. Can you imagine taking off your cold soaking wet shoes to find a heated floor? Tooth brushes, dressing gowns, as well as drinks by a blazing fire-place... our hosts made us feel so welcome, it felt like a "Home Coming". As Joan said "We Hit The Jack Pot!!" The next morning we were provided with the most sumptuous English breakfast imaginable prior to our departure.

The final outcome was all passengers were accommodated, in the village and as far away as Christ Church. We were all back aboard our ship by the following afternoon. One got the feeling that those passengers that remained on board ship that day seemed to feel they had missed an "Adventure"... and I tend to agree, especially meeting the Neilsons from Canmore, and of course meeting our "Hosts For Our Visit To Akoara" Gerry and Anita Trott. Joan and I recommend this B & B most highly.


Chateau Mont Clair  


Mailing address:
Gerry & Anita Trott
Chateau Mont Clair
131 Stony Bay Road
Akaroa, New Zealand  



This turned out to be an experience rather than a disaster for the Neilsons and ourselves... others were not so lucky as you can imagine. Two couples who were among those driven by bus (2 hours) to Christ Church) had to share the last available room in town. OMG can you imagine? Our Hosts immigrated to New Zealand from Yorkshire, England, and you cannot imagine how gracious they were in welcoming us. They have a daughter down in Naples who Joan and I plan on visiting after Christmas, so you can see we have become friends with Anita and Gerry Trott... they are truly a joy to meet.

I had another thrill while in New Zealand. I met a cousin, who he and I share the same Great, Great, Grand Father who lives in Auckland (He actually was working as an engineer for TCA, when I transferred to YUL) Anyway, he was waiting for us when we docked in Auckland and we spent the day with him and his wife at his summer home in Waipu.


His summer home is huge on a 25 acre property overlooking Bream Bay. His name is David Craig, just in case you have access to files, and he worked on the plans for buildings at the base, including the headquarters. Our Great, Great, Grand Father was one of several hundred Scots who made this voyage in three different ships (seven and a half months at sea). There is a museum in Waipu that David appears to have been a driving force in it's construction, as it appears or I'm told, he is wealthy man. He and his wife spend every second summer in their cottage in Nova Scotia. A promise he made when they met in Montreal, he was a nurse at the Children's Hospital. So you can see Joan and I had one great trip to New Zealand... the beauty of the area where they have their summer home is beyond belief, it's beyond any words.


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.

Image Blank 200px From "Betweeen Ourselves" issued April 1946. This cartoon by Dave Mathias.

The NetLetter is an email newsletter published (usually) once a week and contains a mixture of nostalgia, current news and travel tips. We encourage our readers to submit their stories, photos and/or comments from either days gone by or from present day experiences and trips. If we think that the rest of our readers will enjoy it, we will publish it here.

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First published in October, 1995
  • Chief Pilot - Terry Baker, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • Co-pilot - Alan Rust, Surrey, B.C.
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