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Aloha To Serve YVR With Daily Nonstops Beginning This Summer loha Airlines will begin daily, nonstop service between Honolulu and Vancouver on June 15, 2002, using brand-new Stage 3 Boeing 737-700s. The new scheduled air service will make it even easier for travellers to get to Hawaii from many parts of B.C. and Canada.


“We’re excited to be spreading aloha to the West Coast by adding flights right into the heart of Vancouver,” said Glenn R. Zander,

Aloha’s president and chief executive officer. “Flying to Vancouver opens up new opportunities for Canadians to discover Hawaii and for Island residents to enjoy summer and winter activities throughout Western Canada.” “We’re please to welcome Aloha Airlines to Vancouver International Airport,” said Larry Berg, president and chief executive officer, Vancouver International Airport Authority. “This new service will allow our passengers to pre-clear U.S. Customs at Vancouver, arrive in

Hawaii, and conveniently connect to the Neighbour Islands and the South Pacific.” Two recently delivered extended-range 737-700s are the sixth and seventh in Aloha’s transpacific fleet. They are configured with 12 seats in First Class and 112 in Coach. Expansion to Vancouver will give more travellers a chance to experience Aloha’s unique brand of transpacific flying. Aloha’s First-Class service features Hawaiian regional cuisine created by award-winning master chef

Alan Wo n g . While most airlines have cut back on food service, Aloha continues to provide an enhanced level of service to all Coach-Class passengers, includ-


F R E E APRIL 2002 • Your Airport Community Newspaper – Vancouver International Airport

Increased Security AC’s NewJazz Livery Unveiled Has Its Price A ir Canada Regional Inc. (Air BC, Air Ontario, Air Nova, and Canadian Regional) unveiled its new brand name and colour scheme at a press conference held last month.


Air Canada Regional Dash-8-300 in the new aircraft livery of Jazz was unveiled to the media last month. Photo: Gary Tahir.

By year-end, the federal air security authority will take over all pre-board screening at Canadian airports.

By Phil Melnychuk f you’re grumbling about paying the $24 security fee on your last airfare, you can take heart; your donation is helping Canada’s airlines. The fee to pay for enhanced security, post September 11, took effect April 1 at all airports across Canada, when the


Canadian Air Transport Security Authority came into being. As of April 1, the new authority is paying the airlines for the cost of luggage and passenger screening — about $70 million for the year. By yearend however, the federal air

Members of the Aerospace Industry Association of B.C. gathered at the BCIT YVR Campus for the annual Leading Edge Aerospace Awards banquet (see page 8).


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security authority will be responsible for all pre-board screening at Canada’s airports. That doesn’t mean you’ll see a new group of federal officers poking around luggage and running X-ray machines. Although the overall responsibility for security will rest with the authority, it’s likely that large airports will manage the screening. That is exactly what Vancouver International Airport Authority has been seeking. It just makes sense for the Airport Authority to take on pre-board screening because the airport provides 90 per cent of its own security already, says Craig Richmond, vicepresident, airport operations. “I can’t see why they (air security authority) wouldn’t want to do that with us,” he says. “The reason we want to do it is to integrate into our security force.” One of the benefits of the Airport Authority taking over passenger screening will be an increase in pay for security personnel as well as more varied duties — rather than just standing beside an X-ray machine all day. Training people to handle a multitude of tasks would also improve service to the public, says Richmond. Security changes at YVR is an ongoing process. More X-ray machines are on order from Germany, a study is being done to decide where to best locate additional passenger screening points and explosive detection equipment is being installed.

Currently, all carry-on luggage is screened while hold luggage is screened on select flights. Eventually, all luggage will be examined, says Richmond. But it’s a long and expensive process. One luggage-screening machine YVR is acquiring costs $1 million. Richmond recognizes the huge capital costs justify the security fee— for a while. “They do have a lot of equipment to buy in the first few years,” he says. But once all the equipment is in place, there may be an opportunity to reduce the fee. With the authority just taking baby steps, dates or details are scant. Richmond says the air security authority doesn’t even have an office yet, although when it does, it will be based in the Ottawa area. Airport Authority president Larry Berg is due to meet air security authority officials at the end of this month. In addition to pre-board screening, the new Canada Air Transport Security Authority will be responsible for: • Developing a certification program for all security officers • Paying $220 million for explosion detection equipment. • Paying for an expanded program of armed RCMP air marshalls on board aircraft. • Paying for airport policing required for aviation security.

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ing complimentary mai-tai cocktail, oshibori hot towel, free headsets and movie, a delicious meal with an Island flair, and fresh-baked cookies served with milk. Aloha brought a new dimension to flying between the West Coast and Hawaii when it launched its first transpacific service on Feb. 14, 2000, to Oakland, California, and later expanded to Orange County and Las Vegas, Nevada. For more than 55 years, Aloha has served the State of Hawaii with dependable, on time and friendly air

service. Aloha operates nearly 1,000 interisland flights weekly aboard Boeing 737-200 jets between Honolulu and the main destinations of Lihue, Kauai; Kahului, Maui; and Hilo and Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Aloha also flies to international destinations in the Central Pacific. Aloha’s sister airline, Island Air, provides daily service between Honolulu and smaller airports on Maui, Molokai and Lanai. For more information, visit Aloha’s Web site at


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BCAC Message To Government

Don’t Take Aviation For Granted ports in B.C. survive and flourish. Vancouver International Airport is o one knew exactly what would nice, but you need other airports to fly happen when the federal govern- to, he points out. Security fee ment made the decision to turn its More pressing right now, though, airports over to local control. is the airport security fee imposed For Vancouver International April 1. Airport, and Ottawa, it was the right Richmond says the expected annudecision. al haul to federal coffers will be $430 Craig Richmond, the new chair of million. Vancouver airport itself will the B.C. Aviation Council says that in chip in an estimated $70 to $80 milthe decade or so since Ottawa has lion the first year alone. divested itself of airports, YVR has While the tax is needed to pay for flourished under local control — expensive technology required to while Ottawa has been spared the upgrade security post Sept. 11, upkeep. The government even makes Richmond is concerned about what money by collecting rent, in will happen in a few years to all that Vancouver’s case, $65 million in cash once the new technology has 2001. been bought. With the money going Locally run it may be, into general revenue but B.C.’s largest airport Aviation Council he’s worried it’s just gets little in return from quick facts: going to disappear. • The B.C. Aviation Council Ottawa. It’s almost like a sin represents airlines and air- tax on flying, he On top of that, ports and was founded in Vancouver International says, and it could 1938. Airport spent $800 million force many travthis past decade on expan- • Membership: 57 air carriellers to look for ers, large and small, 20 sion and improvements. other ways. major airports, 39 com“Aviation is a nationIn particular, the munity airports, 89 waterbuilding enterprise and I fee hurts short-haul landing areas. think we need to realize commuter airlines, that,” says Richmond who • The Aviation Council is like WestJet or self-funded: “No subsiis also vice president airPacific Coastal. dies, no grants from anyport operations at YVR. “Imagine a famione,” says Craig Richmond, a former ly of four flying to Richmond. Canadian Forces CF-18 Victoria and back? fighter pilot, says his perYou have just added sonal goal is to ensure the smaller air- $100, just like that. I don’t know why

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Craig Richmond of YVRAA, incoming chairman of the B.C. Aviation Council, presents outgoing chairman Scott Harrold of Piedmont Hawthorne with a certificate of appreciation at their AGM held April 9.

they think it will have no effect.” Besides, it’s wrong, he says, for air travellers to pay for what is a national security issue. However, Finance Minister Paul Martin has promised to review the tax this autumn, Richmond points out. Survival But Richmond’s main mission is convincing government not to take aviation for granted and to help the small airports survive. “The major regional and small airports you have now are all you’re going to have. It is extremely unlikely that any new airports will be built.” Increasing the Airport Capital Assistance Grant — which totalled about $33 million last year for all of Canada — would help. While small airports can operate on a break-even basis, major capital expenses, such as replacing a runway or buying a snowplow or upgrading an airfield electrical system can be insurmountable. “That’s where airports can really use a hand from the federal government” he says. Red tape Another threat is the steady tide of red tape. The pending regulation from

Newly elected president of the B.C. Aviation Council Craig Richmond’s main mission is to convince government not to take aviation for guaranteed and help small airports survive. Transport Canada that small airports must have aircraft firefighting and rescue equipment on site, rather than based in town, could be too costly for many airports, and could cause them to close. The regulation is on hold for the moment because of the outcry. To keep up its profile, BCAC has already met twice with B.C. Transportation Minister Judith Reid and presented her with a report on the long-term viability

of small airports in B.C. You have to remind yourself, Richmond says, of how vast this province is — about the size of France and Germany combined. That’s why aviation is crucial to B.C.’s economy. “You can’t have a modern economy without a very well-connected air route system. Without a really wellconnected network of airports, you’re not going to make it.”



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Guide For Carry-On Baggage Items permitted in carry-on baggage include: • Electronic equipment such as cell phones, portable music players, laptops • Nail clippers, non-metallic nail files • Disposable razors, razor cartridges • Syringes or needles for personal medical use with needle guard in place, when accompanied by the medication in its original labelled container • Walking canes, umbrellas. Items you cannot have in your carry-on baggage include: • All knives • Any sharp and/or pointed objects • Replica or toy weapons • Corkscrews • Fireworks • Sporting equipment such as: golf clubs, hockey sticks, ski poles, squash/tennis racquets, ice skates, baseball bats, pool cues. Air carriers reserve the right to prohibit any item that they consider to be a security risk. Contact the airline for more information.

Reminders: If you do not need an item during your flight, pack it in your checked baggage. Before departing for the airport, check with the airline to determine when to arrive for your flight and for possible changes to the flight schedule. Keep an eye on your bags and personal items at all times. Do not carry items on board for anyone you do not know. Report any suspicious-looking packages or unattended items to airport personnel. Be aware that all carry-on items are subject to screening. Ensure that electronic devices are operational. For security reasons, you may be required to turn on these devices. Leave gifts unwrapped until you arrive at your intended destination. They may be opened for inspection by security staff.

Security Vigilance Rewarded By Marcia Strang arlee Hewitt of Hawkair and John Evans of UPS were both rewarded recently for their security vigilance at the airport. Last month, Hewitt intercepted a passenger who had gained unauthorized entry into a restricted area by the South Terminal building. She removed him immediately from the restricted area, ensuring he wouldn’t be able to return. Just over a week later, Evans saw someone who appeared to be unauthorized loitering by a UPS aircraft. He challenged the person and detained him until security arrived. Although the person turned out to be an employee, he was not displaying the proper restricted area pass and was given a violation notice ticket. For these two employees and others working at Vancouver International Airport, keeping an eye out for security violations is not only an important responsibility, it can be a


rewarding one as well. The Airport Authority has a program of recognizing those who take that extra step and act on security concerns they see around them. Both of these employees received a thank you gift and card, and a letter of commendation was sent to their supervisors. Airport employees occasionally see security concerns while at work at the airport. When they contact the Security Operations Centre to report these concerns, they may receive a reward in recognition of their efforts. Employees may also be acknowledged if “caught” following good aviation security measures. Undercover security personnel are out looking for employees who see an insecure situation and act upon it. It’s workers like these who demonstrate the kind of security awareness that keeps their coworkers, passengers and everyone safe at Vancouver International Airport.

John Evans


YVR Marks National Day of Mourning ALLERGY CLINIC

Thursday, April 24th, 2002 • 12p.m. - 2 p.m. FREE LUNCH sponsored by Pfizer

DID YOU KNOW? • Allergies are very common and often cause watery eyes and runny noses. We may sneeze or wheeze. Sometimes allergies cause asthma attacks, facial numbness and dizziness, and rarely they may result in life-threatening reactions. • You can be tested for allergies by having a doctor apply specific substances directly to the skin by scratching, pin prick, or a patch. If a welt develops, you are assumed to be allergic to the substance. Or, you can have a blood test that detects the specific molecules that are responsible for the reaction. • The specific molecule (usually a protein) that triggers the allergic attack is called an “allergen”. It can be inhaled, eaten, or contacted on the skin. The body has a protective mechanism to trap foreign substances clamping onto them like a lobster claw. This mechanism triggers specialized Cells to release histamine into the blood stream. Unfortunately, in some people, this protective response is too aggressive and allergic symptoms occur. Histamine causes the allergy symptoms. This is why antihistamine drugs dampen the allergic response. Written by Dr. Michael McNeely, MDS Metro Laboratory Services

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n April 28, flags at YVR and across the nation will be lowered to half-staff for the annual National Day of Mourning commemorating workers killed or dis-


abled on the job. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, more than 800,000 such injuries are reported in Canada every year, of

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which some 750 are fatal. In 1997, workers’ compensation boards across Canada paid out about $4.5 billion in benefits. “Those are staggering statistics, which are really about our co-workers and friends, and are one reason why we spend so much effort on promoting health and safety in the workplace,” said John Beckett, the Airport Authority’s manager of health and safety. The effort is paying off for the Airport Authority, which has achieved a very good safety record. For example, since 1999, employee lost-time injuries have decreased by 86 per cent from 22 to three. And in the nearly 10-year history of the Airport Authority, no employee has been killed on the job. The Airport Authority also spends a great deal of effort on its construction safety program, resulting in contractor injury rates at approximately 50 per cent of industry standards. Last year, and as they did in 1999, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering gave the Airport Authority an Achievement Recognition Award for its safety standards, accident prevention initiatives, community involvement, and new health and safety initiatives.


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PRESIDENT’S CORNER By LARRY BERG, President and Chief Executive Officer Helping Build a Stronger Community

The Airport Authority’sDavid Huffer (left) is interviewed for DFBTV.

YVR Retail Featured in Business Video Magazine By Erin Sills nce again Vancouver International Airport has been recognized for its award-winning retail program. Early in March, Duty Free Business TV (DFBTV) was in the terminal filming a feature on the retail offerings at YVR.


Published quarterly, DFBTV is a business video magazine that reports on trends and issues in the travel retail industry. The videos are circulated to industry leaders, decision makers and buyers, highlighting the uniqueness and individuality of the airports featured. Sue Stiene, director of service quality and retail development with Vancouver International Airport Authority, says “DFBTV has provided us with a medium to showcase the innovative retail operations here at YVR. We hope to see interest generated from these videos that could ultimately turn into business opportunities.” The filming focused on retail, food and beverage, and service offerings at

YVR. DFBTV showed a strong interest in the airport’s expanded services, such as Level 1 of the Domestic Terminal Building with the medical/dental services, dry cleaners, and the first in-airport 7-Eleven convenience store. Passenger flow from check-in to boarding was highlighted, with an emphasis on retail positioning throughout the passenger process and the sense of place created through architecture, design, and product offering. Chris Gilliland, manger, retail sales & services with the Airport Authority were interviewed by DFBTV and discussed the key factors of the success of the YVR retail program. “We have a strong relationship with our business partners created through our ‘Merchants of YVR’ promotional committee,” says Gilliland. “Through this forum we develop and implement key marketing and customer service initiatives that have helped us achieve success in our retail, food and beverage, and service programs.”

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As a locally based organization, the Airport Authority

for the Bill Reid Foundation, we were delighted to lend our

takes an active role in promoting and supporting a wide

support. Along with Weyerhaeuser, we are sponsoring

variety of community initiatives. This month, I would like

“The Spirit Concert” on May 18 at the Chan Centre in

to draw your attention to three such initiatives.

Vancouver. Among the performers scheduled are Bruce

The first is in education. The aviation industry is rapid-

Cockburn, Judith Forst, John Avey, Vancouver Symphony

ly changing and increasingly complex. To innovate, we

Orchestra and others. CBC-TV will be recording the con-

need to forge partnerships between industry, universities

cert for later broadcast nationally.

and government. Universities are key, not just to turning

We are also currently sponsoring an exhibition of Inuit

out the talented individuals we need now and in the future,

Sculpture Masterworks featuring selected pieces from the

but to help research new directions and technologies.

Lorne Balshine collection. It is recognized as an important

The Airport Authority is helping the University of British Columbia create North America’s premier Transportation Centre. We’re providing five-year funding for two professorships, one each in Transportation Policy and Air Transportation. Effective transportation systems and policies are key to British Columbia’s continued economic growth and will help us realize our vision as the gateway to North America. The university’s Transportation Studies Centre is already recognized as a leader in air transportation and transportation logistics research. This endowment will contribute further to its growth and research capabilities to the benefit of

Canadian Heritage Collection. We like to lend our support to community events, as well. This summer we’re helping the City of Richmond kick-off the Tall Ships Challenge Race Series in Steveston. It is the starting point of a series of tall ships races and port festivals down the coast that will conclude in San Diego. Organizers are anticipating the largest gathering of tall ships and sail training vessels along the North American Pacific Coast in more than 100 years. Magnificent ships, some of which are up to 300 feet in length, from nations around the world are participating. It is expected that the festival in Richmond, August 8 to 12, will provide more

all British Columbians. We’re also active in supporting the arts. Indeed, the rich cultural heritage of our province is reflected through the wonderful public art displayed throughout the airport. One of the more striking pieces of art at the airport is Bill Reid’s Spirit of Haida Gwaii, The Jade Canoe, located

than $15 million in economic benefits. These kinds of initiatives and events are just some of the ways we help maintain a close connection to the many communities we serve. Being part of the community is integral to the way we do business.

in the International Terminal Building. There are few

Reporting on our activities and plans is also important

places or things in British Columbia that are more pho-

to us. On May 9, we will be holding our annual public

tographed than this unique piece of First Nations story-

meeting in the International Terminal Building’s east con-

telling. So, when we were approached to sponsor a benefit

course at 3:30 p.m. I hope you can join us.



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Air Transat Donates Two Rolls-Royce Engines to BCIT Aerospace and Technology Campus ritish Columbia Institute of Technology’s aviation program recently received a donation from Air Transat of two massive RollsRoyce RB 211 engines. The engines power the Lockheed L1011 and some Boeing 747 aircraft. Each engine is worth $80,000, weighs about 10,000 pounds and can generate approximately 40,000 pounds of thrust. The engines provide an invaluable training aid to students and add to the program’s inventory of aviation equipment generally used throughout the aerospace industry. BCIT aircraft maintenance engineer and aircraft gas turbine technician students work with the engines to study the design, operation and maintenance of large gas turbines. The engines were acquired following negotiations between the aviation program and one of the program’s former aircraft maintenance students, Doug Konkin, now a field service representative for Rolls-Royce Canada. Says Dave Mitchell, associate dean aviation, “We rely on our network of graduates to help us keep the donations flowing. Without their assistance we would have a very difficult time providing for this expensive


Jack Baryluk, chief instructor, BCIT aviation program, shows a detail of the engine blades to new student Dustin Montgomery of the AME Level 1 program. Photo: Jim Jorgenson. program. Doug gave us a call when he heard of the potential donation.” BCIT aerospace program students

Notice of Annual Public Meeting The Board of Directors of Vancouver International Airport Authority announces that the Annual Public Meeting will be held to present the Airport Authority’s 2001 Annual Report and audited Financial Statements. The meeting is scheduled for: Thursday, May 9 3:30 p.m. International Terminal Building Departures Level, East Concourse Vancouver International Airport Richmond, BC The 2001 Annual Report will also be available April 26 through our website: Vancouver International Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that manages and operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

have access to a range of gas turbine engines. The engine inventory includes everything from a 500horsepower helicopter engine to the JT8 D used in the 737, and the RB 211 used in wide-body aircraft.

BCIT’s Aerospace and Technology Campus is located near the south terminal of Vancouver International Airport. The campus is the largest English-language aviationaerospace school in Canada.

First Air Contracts Cascade Aerospace ascade aerospace has been contracted by First Air to complete heavy maintenance on a Boeing 737-200 combi (passenger and cargo) aircraft. The work, which started at the end of last month, is expected to take six to eight weeks, and will include a heavy maintenance check, lap joint and bulkhead modifications and new paint.


“We chose Cascade Aerospace because of their well-equipped facility, their experienced workforce, and because they are wellversed in lap joint mods and heavy maintenance inspections,” says Murray Mudd, senior director of maintenance at First Air. “We were

also pleased with their competitive pricing,” he added. “We are delighted that First Air has chosen us,” says Cascade president David Schellenberg. “It is very special to have this unique and long-term Canadian operator coming to us to experience the quality that Cascade people are becoming known for.” With a fleet of 28 aircraft, First Air provides scheduled passenger and cargo service to 29 predominantly northern destinations across much of Canada, as well as charter service in the North and throughout the world. The company has been in business for 55 years and employs 1,150 people.


First Quarter Winners

YVR Customer Service

British Columbia Aviation Council Events

April 26

he Merchants at YVR and Vancouver International Airport Authority were proud to honour those employees who provided exceptional customer service in the first quarter of 2002. The winners received a certificate and YVR Bucks that can be redeemed at participating outlets. The following individuals were identified by a professional mystery shopping company as excelling within their category:

Service 1st Place

Dining & Bar 1st Place

Margarita Delfin Cheers Bar & Grill Pam Davies Legends Bar & Grill Saada Kabir Milestone’s

Fast Food & Coffee Shop 1st Place Olivia Asuncion Big Apple Bagels 2nd Place Pam Sidhu A & W 3rd Place Cristina Delacruz Harvey’s/Swiss Chalet

Yollie Baylon Daily News Teresa White WHSmith Stewart Wong 7-Eleven

Retail 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place


2nd Place 3rd Place Retail Combo 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place

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BCAC Luncheon Best Western Richmond Inn Guest Speaker: Bill Ayer, Alaska Airlines

May 25 29th Annual Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Vancouver International Airport, East Concourse Contact BCAC (604) 278-9330 or Canada’s Avaition Hall of Fame (780) 361-1351

June 11 BCAC Dinner Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel, 5:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Larry Berg, Vancouver International Airport Authority

Aerospace Industry Association of B.C. Events For information or to reserve tickets, contact (604) 538-0071

May 1 Western Aerospace Alliance Conference, hosted by AIABC, Vancouver Contact: (604) 5380071 for more details or go to Send your event info by e-mail to or fax to (604) 736-6750.

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AIABC Awards Kelowna Flightcraft with BCIT and School District No. 23, received the Innovative Education Award.

Cascade Aerospace group, awarded Company of the Year honours.

By Jim Jorgenson he Aerospace Industry Association of British Columbia held its 2002 Leading Edge Aerospace Awards at the BCIT YVR Campus on March 14.


Awards went to Cascade Aerospace of Abbotsford, named Company of the Year, DoAll Canada, a supplier of industrial and safety supplies, named Supplier of the Year, and Kelowna Flightcraft, which was

presented with the Training Innovation Award for its innovative partnership with BCIT and School District No. 23 (Kelowna). Larry Berg, CEO and president of YVRAA was given an Honourary Membership for “his leadership in making Vancouver International Airport one of the best in North America and the world.” The keynote speaker was Major “Dee” Brasseur (ret.), who was born into a military family and grew up on RCAF Base Vancouver. During her 21 years service in Canada’s military, Brasseur was the first CF-18 female pilot in the world, the first female Flight Commander and the first female flight instructor.

Larry Berg receives Honourary Membership from Jerry Lloyd, last year’s winner.

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Four different aircraft were on hand representing the four basic colours that the fleet will be repainted in. The new marketing name will be Jazz and will appear in billboard-size lettering on the lower fueselage. The Air Canada name in red letters also will appear on the fuselage above Jazz. The four different colours are red, orange, yel-

low and lime green. The maple leaf logo on the aircraft tail will be in these four colours and is angled so they parallel the tail. The “newly” branded Air Canada Jazz will have its own Web site They will retain the two-letter code QK for internal computer use and the three-letter code ARN for flight planning purposes.


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A New ‘Angel’ Flies the Local Skies here’s a new angel flying between Vancouver Island and Vancouver, and those wings aren’t covered with feathers. Angel Flight of Vancouver Island is the brainchild of Chuck Lovallo, president of the registered, non-profit Society. The aim of this newly created, 100 per cent volunteer society is to ease and shorten the travel time of children and adults with life threatening diseases. “It’s critical for cancer patients to travel for treatment,” says Lovallo, “but the discomfort of the travel just adds to the suffering.” For many, the treatment they need is in Vancouver, and a one-way ferry trip can last up to four hours. That travel time can be reduced to as little as 90 minutes by air and with limited ground transport. Although it is the society’s aim to offer this service to everyone who has to travel, the initial priority is for high-risk cancer patients on the Victoria-Vancouver route. Expansion


to other island points is underway. Here’s how it works; a cancer patient and their guardian fly to the Vancouver South Terminal where a Canadian Cancer Society volunteer driver meets them. The reverse occurs for their return trip. The service is provided free through the generosity of corporate sponsorships and private donations, including volunteer pilots and their airplanes. Angel Flight of Vancouver Island is planning to launch full flight operations this month. In the meantime, familiarization flights are being conducted to ensure every part of the service operates safely and smoothly. In case you were wondering, the society’s service will not compete with or displace any commercial, government charter or air ambulance. Angel Flight has received overwhelmingly positive support from the Victoria Airport Authority, Vancouver International Airport Authority,

Transport Canada, NAV Canada, the Provincial Ministry of Health, Canadian Cancer Society, sponsors, suppliers and volunteers. As the first Angel Flight organization in Canada, the Board of Directors is committed to taking a leadership

role by operating the society in a business-like manner. “We’ve already had some enquiries from other communities,” says Lovallo. Angel Flight will be ready to provide interested parties with advice and a comprehensive administration

and flight operations manual to get them started. Registration of Angel Flight, Canada Society is underway so an umbrella organization will exist to assist on a national basis. For further information: Web site:


YVR Can-Am Golf For Kids 2002 Tee-Off

The Largest Auto Performance & Audio Show in Western Canada Sunday July 14th 2002


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TRAVEL HEALTH By Dr. Jim Wilson In southwestern B.C., the allergy season begins about two months earlier than just about every other place in Canada. From very early March in most years, many of B.C.’s flowering trees and bushes are out in bloom, which for most of us is a welcome sight. However, for many individuals, this time of year means frequent sneezing, nose blowing, itchy eyes, irritating coughs and for an unlucky few, a lot of other quite uncomfortable respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, tight chests and difficulty breathing with even minor exertion. Many people think they might have allergies because each year at

Allergy Season

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they need nothing further. However, there are many people who have significant symptoms, which are not well controlled with OTC medicines. These people are often extremely miserable through the allergy season and many mistakenly believe they have a prolonged virus infection every year at this time, causing them to take sick time off work when all they really need is a proper diagnosis and treatment. The treatments for significant seasonal allergies have improved dramat-

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Seair Employees

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Launches YVR Service By Phil Melnychuk ir North is venturing south this June 2, when it begins passenger service between Whitehorse, Yukon and Vancouver International Airport. Air North, based in Whitehorse, will be offering Boeing 737 service Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday into Vancouver. Air Canada already offers twicedaily, seven-day-a-week service


between the cities. The decision to start the flights comes from local demand, says Air North president and co-owner Joe Sparling. “It’s a significant step.” The day after Vancouver service starts, Air North also will launch Whitehorse-Calgary-Edmonton service. But there are no expansion plans underway beyond the new service. “We’re pretty focused on what we want to do. We’re a small carrier and we intend to remain a small carrier,

just in the local market,” Sparling says. Air North, with 28 employees, has been in business 25 years and serves Whitehorse, Dawson City, Old Crow, Juneau, Fairbanks and Inuvik with three 40-passenger Hawker-Sidley 748s and one 12-passenger Beechcraft 99. The airline is 49 per cent owned by the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Old Crow, Yukon, with Sparling owning the remainder.

eair Seaplane Inc. employees are hard at work raising funds in support of children with cancer at B.C.’s Children’s Hospital through the “Balding for Dollars” campaign, which was initiated two years ago to raise money for B.C.’s Children’s Hospital’s Oncology Department and Clinic. The money raised will help the Oncology Department to provide family support, as well as fund education programs, research and equipment that will help give kids


a fighting chance at beating cancer. Last year, the B.C. campaign raised a total of $161,089. Seair Seaplane Ltd.’s president and owner, Peter Clarke, said he was very proud of his employees who participated in the fundraiser by shaving their heads. He also thanked Seair passengers and airport south businesses that donated money to the worthy cause. The fundraiser continues until early May. Call Seair at (604) 2738900 if you wish to participate.


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More Cars, Previews and Concepts .C.’s largest auto show, the Pacific International Auto and Light Truck Show opened at B.C. Place Stadium for its eightday run with the strongest showing of new vehicles (560), concepts and previews in its 82-year history.


At the media preview, Glen Ringdal, president of the B.C. Automobile Dealers Association, highlighted the impact automobiles have on B.C.’s economy, underlining the fact that one in seven British Columbians earn their living in jobs related to the auto industry. For environmentalists, he further stated the auto industry’s commitment to exceeding industry and governmental targets to reduce harmful emissions, pointing out that it takes 22 new cars to equal the emissions of one, 1987 vehicle. The scheduled unveilings included most of the major manufacturers presentations, with the two most interesting coming from Mitsubishi and DaimlerChrysler. Randy Sears, president of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, delivered details on the full line of Mitsubishi products coupled with a video presentation of Mitsubishi ads with an infectious beat, geared for a youthful and hip audience—their slogan is “spirited cars for spirited people.” According to Sears, having sorted out their U.S. affairs, Mitsubishi will be back in Canada in 2003, with 51 dealers in 23 markets across Canada and five slated for Vancouver. Vehicle sales for 2003 are projected at 20,000, with a target of 37,000 by 2007. Ed Brust, CEO, Daimler Chrysler Canada unveiled the 2004 Chrysler PT Convertible accompanied by a

chainsaw-wielding logger, who simulated carving off the top of the vehicle before its unveiling. An amusing video presentation of some of the fun ways PT owners have found to customize their vehicles—Woody PT Cruiser, PT Hauler, Lead Sled, and Chrysler’s own PT Zamboni Concept—was also shown. Also unveiled was Chrysler’s new Pacifica. Some of the other new vehicles were: Lexus RX300 Coach Edition, Jetta Volkswagen, Toyota Corolla and

Matrix, Maserati Spyder, Pontiac Vibe, Cadillac CTS, Hummer H2 and Chevy SSR from General Motors, Kia’s Sorrento SUV, Infiniti’s G35, Honda’s Civic SiR and Civic Hybrid, the SS1 L-Series from Saturn, Nissan’s unique Frontier ‘Open Sky’, the technologically advanced new BMW 7 Series, and the 2003 Tiburon and unusual Hyundai Clix Concept. From the practical to the fanciful, manufacturers continue to provide vehicles of every type and taste.

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The A320 Family

he A320 first flew in the early eighties and was the first subsonic commercial aircraft to be equipped for fly-by-wire control. The A320 was also designed with a side-stick control (one for each pilot) instead of the traditional control column—much like a steering wheel. It was designed as a European competitor for the Boeing


737, and the McDonnell Douglas MD80 and MD90 series of aircraft. A321 debuts with AC The next in the series of A320 narrow-bodied aircraft was the A321. Launched in 1989, it is Airbus’ largest, narrow-bodied aircraft and competes with the Boeing 757-200. The aircraft line was designed with as


much in common with the A320 as possible. Pilots need to be type-rated for each aircraft type they fly, so Airbus’ commonality of design makes training much more simple, faster, and therefore cheaper, reducing crosstraining costs to any airline that operates the A320 family. Although the A321 has been flying

for over a decade in Europe, the Airbus A321, the largest of the narrow-bodied aircraft in the Airbus Fleet, has now made its North American debut with Air Canada. The A319, as the name would suggest, is the smaller variant of the A320 and was first introduced in 1995. The Airbus family was to be three, narrow-bodied aircraft, the A319, A320, and A321. Airbus hadn’t expected to go smaller than the A319, but when Bombardier, through their regional jet company Canadair, introduced the regional jet, the undeveloped small-jet market took off. Also getting in on the game was Embraer of Brazil, BAE 146, McDonnell Douglas with its MD92 (now known as the B717) and Boeing with its 737-600. (SKYTALK Aug. 2000) This emerging market caught Airbus off guard, without a small jet competitor. That was changed with the introduction of the A318, which made its maiden flight earlier this

Special Goodbye for Cliff Hooper

Charles Martin Smith (left) and QCAC member Norm Randall.

Quarter-Century-In-Aviation Club Gets Special Visitor A special guest dropped in at the March QCAC monthly dinner meeting. Actor-director Charles Martin Smith is in Canada doing background research for his next movie, which is based on the crash and rescue of a bush pilot in the Canadian arctic in the 1950s. Smith heard that the QCAC would be a good, firsthand source of material from some of the over 200 members.

Smith is well known for his movie roles as the “nerd” in American Graffitti (1973), the mouse-eating scientist in Never Cry Wolf (1983), based on Canadian author Farley Mowat’s book, and an accountant in The Untouchables (1987). Now he is in a director’s role, with his production company WALK-WELL Productions.

The Vancouver airport community said goodbye to Cliff Hooper (1941-2002) at a Wake at Jack O’Hare’s Pub in Richmond on March 23. Hooper himself had made the arrangements to buy a pint or two for his many friends, who gathered to celebrate his lfe, tell the many stories about him and relive lots of memories. Over 700 people attended the funeral earlier that day and, according to his longtime friend Neil Saunders, “it seemed like most of them stayed to close the pub that night.” Hooper had been in Vancouver since 1984, and was regional manager security, Western Canada and the Pacific Rim for Canadian Airlines International and then Air Canada. His career began in Montreal in mid1960, when he joined the CPR as a railway policeman, where he served in their railway, hotel and airline properties until 1987, when CP Airlines was taken over by CAIL. Among the many tributes was a personal letter from Prime Minister Jean Chretien and his wife Aline, honouring Hooper, who helped to safely shepherd Team Canada on five of its trade missions to destinations around the world. As a director of CanAm “Golf for Kids,” he spent many hours

year. Identifiers The easiest way to identify the A320 family apart from other commercial jets is to look for boomerangshaped winglets on the end of each wing—the only other aircraft with these winglets is the Airbus A310, however this is a much larger, widebodied aircraft. The A319 and A320 can be easily confused, and the fastest way to tell them apart is quite easy. The A320 has two emergency exits above the wing, whereas the A319 has only one. The A320 is also a bit longer. A319 & A320 aircraft can be seen at YVR flying with United Airlines, America West, Northwest Airlines, Air Canada (the silver Trans Canada Airlines paint scheme for Air Canada is on the A319), and Skyservice. The new A321 can be easily confused with the B757-200, but, again, look for the winglets and four, evenly spaced doors on each side of the aircraft. The A321 is only flown by Air Canada, which does not fly 757s.

YVR PEOPLE By Jim Jorgenson

A send-off in style—Hooper’s many friends celebrate his life at Jack O’Hare’s Pub Wake.

of his spare time helping to promote this airport community-sponsored charity. Hooper is survived by his wife Elsie, son Jason and daughter Christie.


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A new Dassault Falcon 900EX jet was on display at last month’s meeting of the Canadian Business Aviation Association Pacific chapter, held at the Piedmont Hawthorne/Shell Aerocentre. The Falcon 900EX is a wide-bodied, business tri-jet with a range of 4,500 nautical miles, carrying eight passengers and a crew of two in first-class comfort. CBAA members and guests were give a tour of the new aircraft, which was flown in from New Jersey especially for this meeting. Director of sales, Chris Pearson, gave a presentation on the whole family of aircraft, including some new designs such as the F7X, which will be the first flyby-wire business jet. Last spring, YVR was the site for the CBAA’s 40th annual convention, trade show and static display of business aircraft. This year’s convention will be held in Montreal on June 1719. For more information visit their Web site at

The local sub-detachment of the YVR RCMP is presently working with a group of interested spotters at the airport to set up a neighbourhoodwatch program throughout Sea Island. An introductory meeting was held in mid-January with a small, but very interested group of spotters. Several different types of programs were presented and thoroughly discussed by all parties. The program, once developed, will be open to all interested parties. Any persons interested in getting involved can contact the RCMP YVR sub-detachment or Aviation World (604) 718-7400.

TRANSIT FAIR AT YVR Come and explore transit alternatives at the Transit Fair, being held beside the Haida Gwaii sculpture in the International Terminal on Thursday April 25, 2002 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Airport Authority and TransLink are pleased to offer the new, enhanced rapid bus service from downtown to the airport and Richmond – the 98 B-Line. Representatives from TransLink will be in attendance to provide you with detailed route information. By taking transit, you can help contribute to a cleaner environment.

ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING The Airport Authority will hold its Annual Public Meeting on May 9 at 3:30 p.m. in the east concourse of the International Terminal Building. The 2001 annual report and audited financial statements will be presented, as well as an update on a number of airport initiatives.

KINNEAR NEW CEO AT USA3000 Angus Kinnear, the former CEO of Canada 3000 has been appointed to the same position at USA 3000 Airlines. The owner of USA 3000 was a major stakeholder in Canada 3000 and it is no coincidence that their colour schemes are similar. USA 3000 primarily flies charters for Apple Vacations to Mexico and various Caribbean destinations, using three A320s. Further fleet expansion is anticipated.

AC CUTS TRAVEL-AGENT COMMISSIONS Air Canada has followed the lead of its U.S. counterparts and done away with commissions to travel agents. Commissions will continue to be paid, however for bookings on its “Tango” flights, and the high-end commercial agencies with business accounts, including Air Canada Vacations, will continue to receive their incentive commissions. The travel-agent community is protesting this business decision, as it will now mean that people who book their travel flights through agencies will pay more for their tickets because they will have to pay a service fee to the travel agent.

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