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May 22, 2014 - Issue 1300
First Issue published in October 1995!
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Upcoming events
Star Alliance News
Air Canada News
Women in Aviation
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Reader's Feedback
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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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Upcoming events - Compiled by Terry Baker


Regattas - The Moorings Interline Regatta.
Racing & Non-Stop Beach Parties in the British Virgin Islands - October 14th to 23rd, 2014! Sailor or Not, There's Something for Everyone!

33rd Annual Interline Regatta | October 14th To 23rd 2014

33rd Interline Regatta The Moorings Tortola proudly hosts its Annual Interline Regatta for airline employees and their friends and families. Discover the unique opportunity to meet people from all over the world, bonding under one common interest - sailboat racing! And with over 30 years of celebrating the industry with the kind of people who know how to enjoy themselves, this year promises to be the best yet! Don't be left out! This global gathering is nine unforgettable days, sailing the rejuvenating, turquoise waters of the British Virgin Islands. The Moorings Interline Regatta caters equally to the competitive spirit and those who want to enjoy the daily pace of "island time." So, whether you're in it for the structured racing, supporting your favorite airline, or the ideal opportunity to discover why the British Virgin Islands are considered to be the sailing capital of the world, we have something for everyone... Racers & Spectator packages available.
More details at
Robert Arnold sends us this information -
The Western Canada Aviation Museum will have a play performed on its Viscount CF-THS. This is one Viscount that just keeps on performing."

The Western Canada Aviation Museum plays host to: Transport - Join performance artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan on board the vintage Vickers Viscount passenger airliner as they spin a 70s tale laced with disco, salted peanuts and transcendence.

Thursday, May 29, 2014: 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm Friday, May 30, 2014: 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm Doors open at 6:30 pm.


Star Alliance News
Star AllianceLufthansa is launching a new technology for baggage tags.

Passengers on flights between Frankfurt and Tokyo-Narita can now print out their own baggage tags for checked-in luggage at home. The Home Tag allows passengers to prepare for their trips from the comfort of their own homes and then check in their baggage directly at the counter or the self-service machines at the airport. 
First black Air New Zealand 787-9 aircraft revealed in Seattle.

Air New Zealand's first Boeing 787-9 aircraft bearing the airline's distinctive new all black livery was revealed on April 5. The aircraft, which will soon become the first 787-9 in commercial operation, rolled out of Boeing's paint hangar and will join the Air New Zealand fleet mid this year.The 787-9 is the first Air New Zealand aircraft to feature the distinctive black version of the airline's new-look livery. The paint job took five days to complete and was done by 12 painters using around 350 litres of paint. This aircraft is the first of ten 787-9 Dreamliners to join Air New Zealand's fleet. The 787-9 will operate the Auckland - Perth route starting October 15 and to both Tokyo and Shanghai starting in November. (Source: Air Transport News)

Air Canada News
Air Canada

b787 Boeing released this photo of the first B787 for the company.

Air Canada has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet. There is a good article with videos and photos of the interior and what's different about this plane. You can view it by following this link.

Air Canada announced April 14th that it has completed its previously announced private offering of US$400 million of 7.75% senior unsecured notes due 2021 (the "Notes"). Air Canada received net proceeds of approximately C$432 million from the sale of the Notes and will use these proceeds for general corporate purposes.

Women in Aviation - Compiled by Terry Baker

The  'Girls Fly Too' event was the largest of its kind in North America.

From the Langley Times April 7th 2014 -
The Sky's No Limit - Girls Fly Too, held at Langley Regional Airport during March, has made history as the largest event of its kind in the world.

The Girls Fly Too event drew more than 6,000 people to the airport on March 8 and 9 to celebrate women in aviation.

A total of 1,310 girls and women of all ages experienced the magic of their first flight in a small aircraft.  Five helicopters and five small planes from the Fraser Blues Formation Demonstration Team provided the introductory flight experience free of charge.

The Girls Fly Too event won the Global Aviation title for introducing the most girls and women to aviation during Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. Langley Airport also won the "Most Female Pilot Friendly Airport Worldwide" title.

"This is a monumental achievement," said Kirsten Brazier, pilot and organizer of the award-wining event.  Previous Girls Fly Too events Brazier has organized were held in Yellowknife, and also won awards.

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.

The Dorval Purchases & Stores retirees meet each month at the Brasserie 12 Bar/Grill, 625 32nd Ave. Lachine.

Here are photos of some of the attendees at the April 1st 2014 which saw a gathering of 25 retirees -

From the left we have Real Dufort, Gary Porter and Marcel Dionne.

From the left are Diane Drury, Barry Tremblay,  Joe Nagy,  Peter Simpson and Frank Bomersback.

Leo Beauchamp made it.

Wally Evans was there too.

So was Leon Kolibaiev.

Real Dupont was seen holding court with two beer bottles.

Issue dated - April 1959
Some items gleaned from the "Between Ourselves" magazines.
TCA's FLYING FAMILY - three members of the Edwards family of Toronto were flying in 1959 with the Company, Captain AI Edwards had been with TCA for some 20 years at that time.

His daughter Jane had been a stewardess since 1957 and she is shown in this photo pinning TCA wings on younger sister Clare, who had graduated recently as a stewardess.

TEN STATIONS were represented at the Annual TCARA Dominion Bonspiel at Calgary early in April 1959.  Calgary played host to the curlers that year and the 1960  bonspiel was planned for Montreal. Alberta won all the laurels that year as Calgary the F. E. Pink Trophy and Lethbrldge won the Consolation event.
(We have no names here, but someone may know some of them - eds)

THE CALGARY RINK is presented with the F. E. Pink Trophy as winners of the Annual TCARA System Bonspiel. held during April 1959 In Calgary. 

From the left - Harvey Koss, skip Dennis Healy,  F. E. Pink. Stan Kneeshaw and  ''Arly'' Olsen as the Trophy was presented to the rink at the banquet following the day's curling activities.

CONSOLATION EVENT WINNERS - Skip John Wilton of the Lethbridge rink is congratulated by Norm Donnelly as the Lethbridge four emerged as winners of the Consolation event in the System Bonspiel. 

From the left:
Jim Emery, John Wilton. Harry Simper, Norm Donnelly and John Loudon.

Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's Space
AirCam Flies Slow and Low (submitted by David Bellamy)

For those of you who always wanted to be a pilot and it never worked out, here's the plane for you!

Now you can fly places that no other Airplane will let you go!  The AirCam is a twin-engine experimental home built aircraft that can fly 10 feet above the tree tops, then climb up and away on one engine if needed.

Such slow and low exploration can't be done in any other twin-engine GA plane, or any other Aircraft, with the same level of assurance. 
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AirCams can take off on one engine, and with both Rotax 912's turning, leap off terra firma in less than 200 feet and climb safely at impressive terrain and obstacle clearing angles. With an AirCam you can cruise whisper quiet, just off idle, at the fantastic low level sight seeing speed of only 55mph while burning as little as 3.5 gph. This is just a small piece of why we say that the AirCam from Lockwood Aircraft is simply the greatest flying experience in the world. They cost about $100,000 US. You can order one at:  


I encourage you to watch the video below, it's very well done and gives you a real feeling of flying the AirCam. 


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 1978
Items from the "Blue Skies" magazine -
The 1978 Sales Quota Award went to the Auckland, New Zealand team.

Pictured here from left are: Alec Billington, District Sales Manager, Wellington; Alison Gilligan,Sales Secretary, Wellington; Ian Becket, Manager Sales and Service Planning, Vancouver; Trish Hatton, Sales Secretary, Auckland; Steve Rice, Sales Representative, Auckland; Eddy Prentice, Sales Manager, New Zealand. 

Issue dated - November 1963
Items from the "Canadian Pacific Airlines NEWSLETTER" magazine -
The new terminal at Winnipeg opened officially on November 12th, 1963. One of the first flights into the new Winnipeg terminal was, appropriately, CPA's flight CP1 by DC-8 "Empress of Winnipeg". In this photo, Captain Jim Forbes was welcomed by Airport Manager J.E. Smyth.

A new style winter coat was provided to stewardesses and, in this photo, we have Margaret Wipper on the right in the new coat and Heidi Stern is wearing the old style.  (We are not sure if the winter coat is for the Honolulu service - eds)

Man powered flight.
In 1963, a 25-year-old draftsman of CPA (Repairs) Ltd., Calgary, was shooting for a $15,000 prize for a man-powered flight. Al Smolkowski, an aeronautical engineering graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, had spent a lot of time on a machine which he hoped would fly using human energy pumping pedals to turn the prop.

The Royal Aeronautical Society offered the Kremer prize for man-powered flight in an aircraft which must demonstrate ability to fly and be controlled, fly a figure "8" around two points one half mile apart, start and finish at an altitude of 10 feet, no stored energy may be used during take-off or in flight and "no crewman or part of the aircraft may leave the aircraft during take-off or in flight.  (Does anyone have any information if this event took place - eds)

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.

Dear NetLetter subscribers,
My name is John W. Norberg and I am a retired Air Canada employee. I am making a Picture History of my life and work for my children and grandchildren. I have incorporated many of my 35 mm color slides as well as both black and white and color pictures in digital files. As is so often the case if I had known I would be doing this, I would have taken more pictures along the way.

While I have many pictures of our family life, I cannot say the same for my work life. I wish I had owned a better camera in those early years and realized the value of such pictures in my later life. I want to try and remedy that if at all possible. I would like to ask a favour if there are any Air Canada people who have some wonderful pictures of the old days of the airline.

I am interested in having access to any pictures of the airline  Maintenance facilities as well as interesting maintenance incidents involving  aircraft. I am also interested in pictures of the personnel  involved in those days. I would appreciate being able to have the loan of any such pictures so I can digitize them and add the files to my Picture History. I would treat them very carefully and return them as quickly as possible. I would also pay for any postage costs involved. I would also be willing to transmit digital copies of the pictures to anyone who has an active E-mail address. They would be in Jpeg format.

I realize this is a lot to ask but I would be most appreciative of anyone who might be able to help me in this search. I thank you for your consideration. You may contact me at the E mail address below.

John W. Norberg
[email protected]

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!

Emirates airlines has partnered with the Dubai Shopping Mall to bring a flight simulator for visitors, who now have the opportunity to pilot the world's largest passenger aircraft.
Early photos taken at Vancouver Airport, sent in by Doug Robinson, of Ruth Alm, Trans-Canada Air Lines flight stewardess, enjoyed a view of the airfield from  Vancouver Airport's observation Deck in 1939.

Another photo of early Vancouver Airport sent in by Doug Robinson.

With the addition of scheduled international air service to and from Vancouver, the airport's name officially changed to Vancouver International Airport in 1947.

Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker

Terry Baker

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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.

Nattanya Andersen came across this on the internet, and thought our readers may like to read it - Thank-you for a past Netletter. The Mud Creek pilot story moved me to tears of laughter.


The story below may be worthwhile. It has been around for a long time and can be applied to aircrew worldwide in the days when flying was magical and crew still had fun.


Thank-you for your delightful publications and best regards,   

Nattanya Andersen

Qantas Crews know how to layover

Here's a letter from a Qantas captain to his chief that clearly describes the hardships and misunderstandings that exist concerning the difficult life of an airline pilot.


Qantas 75th Celebration

The following letter is from the Qantas (Airlines) Flight Operations Newsletter. The letter is from a Captain answering his Chief Pilot's "Request for further information."


In your icy, indeed hostile, telephone call of yesterday, you requested a report about the alleged proceedings involving my crew at the Qantas 75th Birthday celebration at the slip port. As the reports from the local authorities and the head of the Australian legation were undoubtedly a complete fabrication, I take the opportunity to put the truth of the matter on file.


Qantas management's kind offer to "buy a round of drinks" was taken on board by the crew who decided to upgrade the event to its correct status, so appropriate quantities of libation and food were purchased, with festivities being held in my hotel suite. An enjoyable evening ensued, but insufficient supplies had been obtained, so several members of the crew left for further purchases at a local bar.  


In a truly magnanimous gesture, ten bar girls from that establishment helped carry the beer back to the hotel. To demonstrate our appreciation of their assistance, we served them some cool drink. They then offered to show us some local culture, and, in order not to offend, we allowed them to dance some exotic dances. The banging on the walls of my room had, by now, quite honestly, become invasive, and it was disturbing the dancers, so we arranged an amusing little deterrent.  


S/0 Brown's impersonation of the Police Officer was excellent! In full Qantas uniform, with an aluminum rubbish bin upside down on his head, he goose-stepped to each room and harangued the occupants with a very witty diatribe about disturbing hotel guests. I personally heard nothing of his alleged threats of life in Alcatraz or the Gulags, claimed by the sister of the Minister of Police whose room was, unluckily, next door.  


I've no doubt that this woman was the sneak who called security and hotel management and I absolutely refute that the shout "Look out, here come the Indians! Circle the wagons!" was made. The simple coincidence of security arriving just as we stood the double bed on its side across the door to make the dance floor bigger is obvious. The major damage to the room occurred when a group of gate crashers, whom we could not know were hotel security, forced their way in just as most of us happened to be leaning against the bed watching the dancing.


The subsequent events in the foyer of the hotel are an equally vicious distortion of the facts. I was explaining the importance of the 75th Birthday to the General Manager of the hotel and noting that other guests were fabricating stories of noise, drinking and singing at the celebration, when F/O Smith (ex-SAS) and several other keep-fit enthusiasts, in keeping with their almost monastic pursuit of health, organized the race up the drapes which hang along the foyer wall. It says nothing for the workmanship of some of these nations that the fittings were torn from the wall before most of the crew were even halfway up. At this stage, in an amazing display of international posturing, the Governor of the city, who was attending the National Day cocktail party in the foyer, cast some denigrating remarks about Australian culture. Although he misunderstood our gestures of greeting, female flight attendant Williams rescued the situation with her depth of knowledge of local culture. Her rendition of the Fertility Dancing Maiden in the foyer's 'Pool of Remembrance' was nothing short of breathtaking.  


Normally this dance is performed wearing just a sarong skirt so FFA Williams' extra step to nature was a bold step forward. Unfortunately, during one intricate step, FFA Williams slipped and fell beneath the fountain, so we were lucky that S/0 Brown, who had the great presence of mind to strip to avoid getting his uniform wet, leapt in to help. That the tiles of the pool were slippery is beyond dispute, as it took nearly ten minutes of threshing about before S/O Brown could actually complete his rescue. Such concern was there for these two exemplary crew member's safety, that the rest of the crew were forced to assist, and I deny that this massed altruistic rescue attempt could be construed as a 'Water Polo' game! This slanderous accusation was first put to me by the Chief of the Riot Squad, whose storm troopers had apparently been called by some over zealous Fascists at the cocktail party. Order had nearly been restored when the fire started. I prefer F/O Smith's version of events that the drapes had caught fire from being against a light fitting, and that he dropped his cigarette lighter whilst trying to escape the flames. Had host management fulfilled their responsibilities and used fire retardant material instead of velvet, the fire would not have spread to the rest of the hotel.  


The responsible attitude shown by my crew in assisting the bar staff to carry out drinks from the cocktail party is to be commended, not condemned, and the attempt by male members of the crew to extinguish pockets of fire using natural means has been totally misrepresented in some quarters. I cannot overstate how strongly I resent the assertions made in the Chief Fire Officer's report. I made an official protest about these matters when the head of the Australian Legation visited us at the Police Station the next morning. However, not only did Ambassador Jones not attempt to refute the preposterous allegations made against me and my crew, but also by failing to secure our release immediately, caused the subsequent aircraft delay. I did not know Her Majesty was to be aboard our aircraft, but I am sure that her 12-hour visit to that country was appreciated by local dignitaries and probably HRM herself. (I must mention that the local manager is far too obsequious- Smarmy! Smarmy! You should have seen him bowing and scraping. Never make a Prime Minister, that chap!)  


Finally, I note that not since 'Rainman' has Qantas been mentioned in so many newspapers. (Some people in Qantas would die for coverage like that.) The main newspaper at the slip port incidentally mentioned Qantas 75 times on its front page alone, although some of the coupled epithets can only be described as the worst journalistic excesses of the gutter press. I trust that now I have outlined the correct version of events, we may allow ourselves a discreet smile as to the lack of social sophistication of some of these developing nations and put all this behind us. As far as I am concerned, the crew carried on the finest Qantas traditions


Regards, Captain. (name withheld).....

P.S. I checked amongst the language qualified members of the crew, but no one was up to speed on Latin. Can you recommend anyone in the International Department who could translate 'Persona Non Grata'


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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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