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February 10, 2014 - Issue 1292
First Issue published in October 1995!
(over 5,400 subscribers)
In This Issue
Star Alliance News
Air Canada News
Reader Submitted...Photos
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Reader's Feedback
Odds and Ends
Terry's Trivia
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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!

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Terry Baker and the NetLetter Team

Star Alliance News
Star AllianceSingapore Airlines and Air New Zealand will join forces in a new alliance that will see the return of the New Zealand carrier to Singapore after an absence of almost eight years.Air New Zealand will operate a daily frequency on the route using newly refitted Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, taking over five flights currently operated by Singapore Airlines and adding two more.

Air Canada News
Air CanadaCAE received an order from Air Canada for a B787 full flight simulator. (source SpeedNews Jan 24/14)
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.  


Karoly Wagner has sent us this undated photo.
Congratulations were in order last month for two employees of the instrument Shop, Dorval who reached 25 years' service. Austin Sheean, left, joined the company in 1940, and Ralph Pilling in 1938, both in Winnipeg. (Both have broken service) They have worked on all types of aircraft, from Lockheed 10s, to the present day jumbos. Presenting their pins was Joe Lemieux, General Foreman, Instrument Shop.

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.
  • 1950 - Dec 9th - Official opening of airline reservation centre in the Austin Building in Toronto.
  • 1958 - Dec 16th - Antigua added to the system for the winter season until April 15th 1959.
  • 1958 - Dec 12th - New seating arrangements for Super G Constellations - now to accommodate 71 passengers - (nowhere near the 751 erroneously reported in a previous NetLetter nr 1284. - eds) 
Issue dated - January 1956
Some items gleaned from the "Between Ourselves" magazines.
IF THERE'S A BETTER WAY, let's do it: That's the theme of this get-together in London of our Operations and Traffic  Supervisors. 

From the left they are:  Steve Anderson.  Regional PRO; W. C. Murdoch, Airport Counter Supervisor; E. J. May, DTSM; R. Grant, Chief  Dispatcher; D J. Wiley, Asst. Regional Supervisor of Maintenance; A. J. Summers, Chief Clerk; A. J. Wotton, Manager, Passenger and Cargo Sales; W.  A. Reid, CTM; and J. A. Ross, Station Manager.

Issue dated - November 1958
ATTENDING THE FIRST Management Development Conference ever held outside Canada were these employees from the UK and visiting Headquarters personnel. Two, one-week courses were held in late September and early August in the shadow of historic Windsor Castle.  Sessions were conducted in the White Hart Hotel, across the street from one of Queen Elizabeth's homes. (There were no identifications included in the report - eds)

Men of many hats who represent TCA at Rouyn in Northern Quebec are;

from the left, Rod Brady Station Manager; Len Gauthier, Station Agent; Guy Mainguy, Station Attendant and Andy  Beauchesne, Station Agent.

The four, plus one more station agent, handle all the functions of the airline at Rouyn.

Only three of the nine-man staff at Val d'Or are shown in this photo.

Station Manager Roger Mirault is flanked by Station Agents Stuart Nye, left and Lucien Guillaume.

Three employees were posted to Val d'Or as full time weather observers, maintaining 24 hour weather observation.

Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's Space
Model masterpiece

We all loved paper airplanes in our youth. But for one young man, a paper airplane has turned into a labor of love that caught our attention-and millions of others across the world. Back in 2008, 22-year old Luca Iaconi-Stewart of San Francisco started making a 1:60 scale model of a Boeing 777-300ER using only manila folders.

Today, he's just a few months out from finishing his masterpiece. Click on image below for full article and watch the video below for a time-lapse video of the painting preparation.

Click on image for story and more photos! 
Click on image for story and more photos!
PAINT SHOP // Painting Time-lapse // Air India Model 777-300ER 
PAINT SHOP // Painting Time-lapse // Air India Model 777-300ER
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.
Issue dated - January 1983
Items from the "CPAir NEWS" magazine -
More on the CPAir Holidays -
. . . greeting them there!
So we've won a plane-load of passengers, and they've arrived at a sunny spot in the
southern U.S., the Caribbean, or Mexico! Awaiting them are destination representatives who steer the passengers to their resorts and  help smooth out any other airport formalities which may arise.

Recently, all our eastern sun spot destination reps gathered for a meeting in Toronto, and here they are, back, from left, Anne Raciciot, Debbie Bernier, Carol Shane, Zoe Just, Mary Doheny, Monika Glanert, Nancy Robertson, Carol Leeder, Monique  Varence and Lucille Crappeau.

Front, Linda Bowers, Jill McEdward, Eileen Webster, Helene Contant, and Marc Lafiamme.

Catalogues, newspaper ads, radio scripts, transit and street signs, posters, tour shells, inserts, flight bags, information envelopes, tags, ticket jackets - they all say Holidays and they're one of the first steps in the battle to win a passenger.

Some of the people who suggest, create and approve of all this advertising support are, from left, Chris Chin, marketing assistant; Tom Aquifine, supervisor, charter sales; Philip Murch, product manager; Bill Noorduyn managing director (seated); Pierre Cos, manager, administration; and Lorraine Kotelniski, outside sales rep.

Issue dated - January 1978
Items from the CP Air "Blue Skies" magazine -
The CP Air Communications Advisory Group (G.A.G.) met at the Airport Inn during December 1977 to review the forthcoming advertising and employee communication programs under development. The group took time out for this photo.

Back row from left: Stan Sterpina, Larry Lehna, Jerry Kielmann, Jim Thirsk, Mike Gray, Observer, Tony Craig, Wayne Irving, Peter Partridge, Guest Speaker  Lorne Paterson.

Front row from left: Val Tearle, Nlna Morrison, Georgia MacFadyen, Tom Laurie, George McRobbie, Sherann Broder, Secretary. AI Bingham, Frank Healy, Jack Webb, Golfer Extraordinaire Cum Founder. Missing from photo is Peter Golding, CP Air News Editor.

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.

Gerald A. Archambeau thought that some of our readers might find some interest in his appreciation thoughts, on Canada. Check them out by following this link.

Gerald A. Archambeau.

Andy Gugliandolo sends us these comments - I would appreciate if you would add my email address to your netletter listing. I've retired from AC last March with nearly 39 yrs with the company.

A friend & AC retiree sent me your issue #1290 after he saw a picture of the WACA Tennis Tournament in Athens. I played at that tournament and took the picture that appeared in your newsletter. Brought back some wonderful memories!  Thanks for including it. Best Wishes & Regards for the new year - Andy Gugliandolo

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!

The continuation of the Prestwick story started in NetLetter nr 1290 then 1291 - At the time, Prestwick was the most important airport in the United Kingdom. Nearly all Trans-Atlantic ferry flights originated or terminated there.

During the Ardennes offensive, one of the strangest cargoes of the war arrived in Prestwick when 250 Huskies were flown in. Great consternation prevailed upon receipt of a signal that "sleigh dog teams'' were arriving. Thinking the term a coding for VIP's operation "Red Carpet'' was initiated.  But much to everyones chagrin it was found that
there actually were "sleigh dog teams'' on board.


Throughout the war period, many notables passed through Prestwick, to name a few, the late King George of Greece; King Peter of Yugoslavia; Queen Wilhelmina of Holland with Prince Bernhardt and Princess Juliana; Prince Olaf of Norway; the late Duke of Kent; Prime Minister McKenzie King; General McNaughton; General Crerar; Air Marshals Breadner and  Bishop; Eleanor Roosevelt; Admiral King; General Arnold and General Patton; along with numerous others.  


One day, a Russian aircraft stopped by enroute to Washington carrying Russian Ministers Molotov and Maisky. It was claimed that this aircraft had bombed Berlin two nights previous to leaving Moscow and that it had been built in 1936. It did in fact fly direct from Prestwick non stop.


Few of us realize the great part that was played at Prestwick during the years 1939-45. A total of 2,392 return Ferry flights left there. One day 74 four-engined bombers landed in an hour - more than one per minute. Throughout the month of October, 1945, BOAC Liberators alone operated 62 return Ferry flights to Montreal, as compared with a total of 7 in October, 1941.

Small wonder that we of TCA and all Scotland look on with pride and a great sense of satisfaction to Prestwick and the part it will play in the future of air travel in this section of the world.
(Final chapter in NetLetter nr 1293 - eds) 


Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker

Terry Baker

Interline tour by the World Airlines Clubs Association (WACA)
The Interline Club of Portugal will try to upstage the FIFA World Cup by offering this event - The Interline Club of Portugal is hosting the World Airlines Football Cup XXX III Mundialito at BEJA  March 25 -29th March 2014


Package includes:
- 4 Accommodation nights in Hotel, 4 Buffet Breakfasts in Hotel, 3 Dinners in Hotel (Wines Included)
- 1 Half Day Tour, 1 Awarding Ceremony. Gala Dinner (Wines Included), Prizes, Transfers By Bus 


Prices: (euros)
By person in Double Room 400,00, By person in Single Room 460,00, Extra Night p/person in Double Room 35,00, Extra Night p/person in Single Room 60,00, Tournament Fee 100,00, WACA FEE 20USD
More information and deadline details 

Continuing the short history of London's Heathrow airport (LHR)
started in NetLetter nr 1290 -  60's
  • 13th November 1961 - Dubbed "Britain's new front door", the Oceanic Building is opened.
  • February 1964 - The Beatles are mobbed by thousands of screaming fans as they arrive at London Airport following their first US tour.
  • 1st April 1966 - With the passing of the Aviation Authority Act the British Authority was set up. One of its first jobs was to change the name to Heathrow Airport (London).

17th April 1969 - Terminal 1 opened. Europa Building renamed Terminal 2 and Oceanic Building renamed Terminal 3.  






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.

Our cartoon is from the "Between Ourselves" magazine issue dated February 1956 by Wright cvt.

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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We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the NetLetter, see you next week!  
Your NetLetter Team

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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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