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YVRAS Appoints New President And CEO ancouver Airport Services (YVRAS) welcomes George H. Casey as its newest president and chief executive officer. Casey will also serve as a member of the YVRAS Board of Directors. Casey joined YVRAS in late 2001, where he most recently George H. Casey, held the position of vice presiVancouver Airport dent of Operations and Business Development. Frank O’Neill, Services presiformer president and CEO of dent and CEO. YVRAS, retired on March 31, 2006. “We are pleased to have George in this role,” said Graham Clarke, chair of YVRAS. “He brings more than 20 years of experience in the global airport and aviation sector and during his last four years with YVRAS he has been a key member of our senior management team. He has an excellent understanding of our business and is well positioned to lead the company in its next phase of development.” Before joining YVRAS, Casey held various senior management positions with Airport Group International (AGI), a private-sector airport management, development and airline service company based in California, including president and managing director. He also held management-consulting positions with Price WaterhouseCoopers and KPMG Peat Marwick’s infrastructure consulting groups where he was responsible for airport financial, operational and planning studies. “Private investment, development and management of airports have become an accepted approach,” said Casey. “YVRAS has an excellent reputation in the industry and is well positioned for continued growth and value. With the addition of airports in Cyprus and The Bahamas in 2006, YVRAS will have 18 airports in seven countries, processing more than 26-million passengers annually. I look forward to the opportunity and I am excited about the company’s potential.” Vancouver Airport Services is a subsidiary of the Vancouver International Airport Authority. The company operates airports in several countries including Canada, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, Cyprus and The Bahamas.


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New Wing Takes Shape Y VR recently celebrated an important milestone with the completion of the structural steel framework for the International Terminal expansion—quite a feat when you consider 3,750 metric tones of steel were erected. To commemorate the occasion, Bob Cowan, senior vice president, Engineering, hosted a ceremony recognizing the outstanding efforts involved in meeting this challenge. Through the teamwork of several different groups, YVR was able to meet its goal. The team included: Empire Iron Works, PCL, the general contractor, Stantec, the lead architec-

tural firm, structural engineers Bush Bohlman and the YVR Project Management team headed by Ray Zibrik. The largest project of the Airport Authority’s $1.0-billion capital program, the $420-million, nine-gate expansion is progressing on time and on budget. By spring 2007, phase one of the International Terminal expansion will be completed, adding four

gates, two of which will be able to accommodate the new Airbus A380. For further information on the Airport Authority’s construction projects, visit and click on Construction.

YVR Soars As An Economic Engine For B.C. new economic impact study confirms that Vancouver International Airport (YVR) continues to be an integral part of British Columbia’s thriving economy, accounting for some 26,700 direct jobs and $6.8-billion in total economic output. The results were released earlier this month by Vancouver International Airport Authority president and CEO Larry Berg in a speech to the Vancouver Board of Trade. Since the last study in 2000, YVR has


maintained its employment base, despite the aviation industry’s downturn following 9/11, SARS and record high fuel prices. The numbers of jobs, economic output and GDP have all grown over the past five years, even though the number of employers has dropped to 360 from 400 in that same period. “Our industry has gone through a number of changes and faced some significant challenges,” said Berg. “The airport business community has demonstrated an ability to

adapt and even grow during some tough times, solidifying YVR’s role as an economic generator in its own right, and a facilitator of provincial job creation.” The continued growth of the airport’s employment and economic impact between 2000 and 2005 is due to several factors including: • A 15 per cent growth in the number of SEE ECONOMIC ENGINE, CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

Air Canada Accelerates Wide-Body Fleet Modernization Program ir Canada has signed a 10-year lease for one new Boeing 777-300ER from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), accelerating its wide-body fleet renewal and modernization program. The airline will take delivery of the leased aircraft in May 2007, bringing the total number of Boeing 777s in its fleet to eight. Delivery of the leased aircraft will allow Air Canada to accelerate the return of an Airbus A340-300, originally scheduled to be returned to ILFC in mid-2009. The transaction is part of an ongoing renewal program to give Air Canada one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world and provide savings on fuel, expanded range capabilities and other efficiencies.

A The Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) is powered by the General Electric GE 90115BL2 engine, the world’s largest and most powerful commercial jet engine.

In November 2005, Air Canada concluded agreements with Boeing for the acquisition of up to 36 Boeing 777s and up to 60 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The agreements include firm orders for 18 Boeing 777s, plus purchase rights for 18 more, in a yet-to-be determined mix of the 777 family’s newest models: the 777-300ER, the 777-200LR Worldliner and the 777 freighter. Delivery of the 777 aircraft is scheduled to commence in March 2007. The agreements also include firm orders for 14 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, plus options and purchase rights for an additional 46 aircraft. Air Canada’s first 787 is scheduled for delivery in 2010.

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Economic Engine, flights to destinations outside North America; • Construction projects, such as the Domestic Terminal upgrade. In 2004 alone, 410 person years of construction employment was generated; • Continued growth in air cargo, including the development of a UPS hub at YVR; • Growth of WestJet and other domestic carriers; • Expansion of retail services in the U.S. terminal. The arrival of each passenger and cargo flight generates jobs in passenger, cargo and aircraft handling as well as with services offered at the airport such as retail concessions and car rental agencies. The study found that each time an Asia-Pacific air service with a local crew lands at YVR, close to 795 hours of employment are generated. Over a year, the twicedaily service generates 369 person years of employment.

“As YVR grows and develops its gateway advantage, the airport’s economic impact will also grow,” said Berg. The gateway strategy promises additional employment at YVR: each 1,000 origin-destination passengers generate 3,300 hours of employment at YVR while each 1,000 passengers connecting from Asia at YVR generate 4,900 hours of employment, due to additional employment from the connecting flight. The study, conducted by InterVistas Consulting, is the sixth economic impact study of YVR. Since 1994, the first study following the transfer of management from the government to the Airport Authority, some 8,800 direct person years of employment have been created. To view the summary report of the 2005 economic impact study, visit > Airport Authority > News. By Artie Chumpol

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nown in the Canadian Air Force by the call sign “Richmo,” and more recently at YVR as “Plumber 13,” Craig Richmond will now have a new title: president and CEO of Nassau International Airport in The Bahamas. Born in Vancouver and raised in Kamloops, Craig joined the Canadian Air Force at the age of 17, earning his wings in 1981. After a decade of flying CF-18 Hornets and CF-104 Starfighters at home and abroad, Craig returned to school, earning an MBA at the University of Manitoba. Unaware that airport operations was in his future, Craig worked as a consultant in IT project management, forestry and small business. It was as a consultant that Craig was first introduced to the Vancouver International Airport Authority in 1995. Initially tasked with developing a new AVOP program, his success led to a full-time position, and eventual promotion to vice president of Airport Operations in 1998. In this role, Craig was challenged with the rapid growth of Vancouver International Airport and numerous changes to the air travel industry. The most dramatic events of Craig’s tenure were those surrounding September 11, 2001, the recovery at YVR and the ensuing decline in air travel. In the weeks and months fol-

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lowing the tragedy, Craig’s leadership was instrumental in the resumption of regular airport schedules and duties, and in the implementation of increased security. Throughout his career at YVR, Craig gained the utmost respect for the professionalism of the YVR team and their contributions to the success of Vancouver International Airport. “I was always aware that even though I was often in front of the cameras, many, many great people were actually doing the work, and making YVR the fantastic airport that it is today.” As he hands off his portfolio to his successor, Paul Levy, Craig looks forward to his new role as president and CEO. His vision is to transform Nassau Airport into the “Jewel of the Caribbean” taking full advantage of the colourful, rhythmic and welcoming culture of The Bahamas. Craig steps into the role with a clear mandate: to plan, build and operate a new terminal while making improvements to the existing facilities. For anyone eager to pursue a career in airport management, Craig says, “Arm yourself with solid skills, take advantage of lucky breaks and be ready to jump into a new role at any time.” It looks like Craig’s philosophy has served him well.

By LARRY BERG, President and Chief Executive Officer

YVR By The Numbers he Airport Authority’s mandate is to ensure YVR meets the growing demand for air travel, and continues to realize its potential as a premier global gateway and economic generator for British Columbia. So, we spend a lot of time thinking about the future. Sometimes, though, it’s good to pause and take a look at where we’re at now, because we’ve certainly come a long way since we assumed responsibility for the airport in 1992. That year, we had about 700 takeoffs and landings a day, served 9.9-million passengers, and handled 144,000 tonnes of cargo. We offered scheduled non-stop service to 10 international destinations and eight in the United States. YVR now averages about 800 aircraft arrivals and departures each day and in 2005, we welcomed more than 16.4-million travellers, a new record, and handled 223,700 tonnes of cargo. We now provide scheduled non-stop service to 18 international destinations and 23 in the United States. Where does our traffic come from? Domestic passengers make up slightly more than half of the annual traffic through YVR. Transborder passengers account for about a quarter of our yearly visitors; another 22 per cent is made up of International passengers, with Asia-Pacific travellers at about 15 per cent and European travellers at about seven per cent. The balance is comprised largely of travellers from Mexico and the Caribbean. Of all the passengers who pass through YVR, about a third connect to onward flights. Approximately 65 per cent of YVR passengers are tourists – residents from outside of B.C. travelling for leisure purposes –


while 30 per cent are travelling for business. Demographically speaking, nearly 80 per cent of YVR passengers are over the age of 35. The female/male split is nearly even, at 53 per cent and 47 per cent, respectively. That’s a look at our passengers, but where are they going? The top three destinations to and from YVR are, in order: Toronto, Calgary and Los Angeles. The shortest flight from Vancouver is service to Nanaimo, which clocks in at 24 minutes. The longest non-stop flight offered from YVR is to Manila, more than 10,548 kilometres away – that flight takes 14-and-a-half hours. This snapshot of where we are now also gives us a view of where we’re going. When we look to our growth areas, we see increases in several sectors, most notably the European sector, where traffic was up by 11.6 per cent in 2005 compared with 2004. We also saw growth in domestic traffic, which increased by 4.5 per cent; transborder (Canada-U.S.) traffic, where we saw a 3.6 per cent increase; and Asia Pacific traffic, which was up by a moderate 1.9 per cent. With Approved Destination Status from the People’s Republic of China nearing completion, we expect a more dramatic rise in Asia-Pacific traffic in the years to come, as Chinese visitors find it easier to visit Vancouver for tourism and leisure. With a city and province this beautiful, there is little doubt that travellers the world over will continue to find reasons to visit Vancouver, and that’s good news for YVR and for the many businesses and services that depend on the airport and the tourism industry for their continued success.

Your Airport Community Newspaper APRIL 2006 ISSUE • VOL. 13 • NO. 6 YVR SKYTALK, the official newspaper of the Vancouver International Airport, is owned and published monthly by Westco Marketing Ltd. for the more than 26,000 people who make up the airport community at YVR. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in whole or part without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher:

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Technology For Travellers ver the last few years, technology has changed dramatically, making immediacy the watchword. Travellers can now conveniently ‘time shift’ and ‘place shift’ their activities, allowing them to perform these activities wherever it’s convenient. For example, companies that provide short-term and no-term rentals for travellers needing access to phones and lap top computers have become increasingly popular. Since 1987, Cita Cellular has been


offering the convenience of shortterm and no-term phone rentals. Taking advantage of changes in wireless speed, along with the increased computing power of cell phones and smart phones, Cita offers equipment with three new services: Visual GPS Tracking. Travellers see a map with clear directions and visual horizon-based views of a location; making it easy to track the destination and if an incorrect detour is made, directions immediately show how to correct the travel route.

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Readers’ Choice Awards Weekly Winners Claim Their Prizes

ast month, SkyTalk and the Merchants of YVR, together with Zoom Airlines and Pepsi, launched the second annual Readers’ Choice Awards, running until the end of April. The Readers’ Choice insert, on pages 7-10 of this month’s SkyTalk, lists the participating sponsors, who are also providing weekly draw prizes. For a chance at winning one of the weekly draws, along with the grand prize trip for two to Paris on Zoom Airlines, simply vote for your favourite YVR shop, service or restaurant. No purchase is necessary. Entry forms are available at any of the Readers’ Choice displays throughout the terminals, or at either of the Customer Information Counters. March’s prize winners were: Kathleen Stubbs of Vancouver, who won a pair of Vancouver Canucks tickets; Jeff Kawalski of North Vancouver, who received a suitcase;



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British Airways Gives Mums The Royal Treatment ritish Airways’ Mother’s Day London Package is back by popular demand—the perfect way to show your Mum just how much she’s loved. The package, which includes roundtrip airfare from all 22 British Airways’ North American gateways, three nights in a three-star London hotel, a Kensington Palace pass and traditional afternoon tea at the renowned Fortnum and Mason, is available until Friday May 5, 2006. From Vancouver, the package starts at $1,062, excluding government fees and taxes. Prices are based on double occupancy for travel April 3, 2006 to May 28, 2006 and are subject to availability. Prices may be higher for different travel dates, hotels and room types. Additional nights and other room types are available at participating three- and fourstar London hotels. British Airways Executive Club members will earn 2,000 bonus BA Miles for booking this package. Contact your local travel agent to book the package, or call British Airways Holidays toll-free at 1-877428-2228.

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Don’t Miss The Show T he annual BCIT Aerospace Open House event, to be held at the BCIT Aerospace Technology Campus on Sea Island on Saturday, May 6, is an opportunity to get close to the various aircraft and machinery on display. For those considering a career in aviation or the aerospace industry, the event provides the opportunity to talk with experienced instructors and industry experts in a

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relaxed atmosphere and explore BCIT’s unique educational offerings through interactive student-created displays. There’s no admission cost and you don’t need to pre-register to attend. New this year is the addition of the YVR Aviation and Collectable Show as part of the BCIT Open House. The Collectable Show offers enthusiasts of everything aviation the opportunity to browse and buy from two dozen exhibitors of civil and military aviation collectables—from pilot wings to custom wood airplane replicas—as well as enjoy the cama-

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YVR Aviation And Collectable Show Exhibitors • ALM Custom Models – Personalized hand-carved mahogany models from a photo of your favourite aircraft. • Aeroblue Designs – Vintage aviation Tshirts • Aeroclassics – Diecast airplanes • Air China – Air China related souvenirs • Airline – Aviation slides, pictures and memorabilia • Aviation World – Books, hobbies and pilot supplies • Chris Wieght – Author of Pacific Northwest-themed aviation books • Draw Decal – World’s largest line of airline decals • Martin Slides – Military slides and books • Mile High Customs – Customized aviation gifts

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Get goods receipt stamped at Canada Customs (GST Tax Rebate office). Have your goods available for inspection. Look for the “Instant Tax Refunds” sign at the ICE Currency Exchange – Level 3, USA Departures. See an agent for your instant refund.

Hassle-free GST refunds done INSTANTLY! GLOBAL REFUND CANADA • 604-270-6366

Mention this ad when booking a New Patient Exam and get a FREE Dental Travel Kit. YVR Domestic Terminal (604) 276-2121 Fax: (604) 276-2129 See our dental hygienist to prevent early tooth loss

Book, Board, & Fly... It’s that simple! The fast and convenient way to fly to Downtown Victoria from Richmond. Business and personal travel made easy – did we mention there’s free parking at the Richmond terminal?

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Traditional Two Egg Breakfast Any style eggs with your choice of crispy bacon or country sausage with hash browns and choice of toast. featuring:

Open early for breakfast at 6 a.m. daily.

Medallist Bar & Grill Domestic Terminal Departures, Level 3






Breakfast is on us! Shop Daily! Shop Often!

Enter to win a FREE BREAKFAST* at Medallist Bar & Grill with a minimum purchase of $5 at any of the following newsstands: DAILY NEWS



Level 3—Domestic Terminal, Departures

Level 3—International Terminal, Departures

Level 3—International Terminal, Departures

(*Maximum value $10 before taxes and gratuity). One daily draw in March and April. See stores for details.

MILESTONE’S RESTAURANT & BAR offers globally inspired food and innovative cocktails in a warm and stylish atmosphere in their fullservice restaurant. The menu features a variety of selections for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and “in-betweens”.

Visit Pacific Grill and choose from our menu selection that offers hot breakfast, burgers, fish and chips, salads and sandwiches. We also offer a selection of drinks at our bar.

Domestic Terminal Departures, Level 3 604-303-3221

Pacific Grill U.S. Departures (near Gate E80)

Visit the Palomino Bar & Grill and choose from their menu selection that offers all-day breakfast/brunch, soup and salads, lunch, light meals and innovative cocktails.

Domestic Terminal Departures,Level 3 (near Gate A2) 604-273-9001

Enjoy our full breakfast menu from 5 a.m.-11 a.m., or a Teen Burger along with our famous Onion Rings and Root Beer for lunch and dinner.

Wok n ’Roll Domestic Terminal Building – Level 3 Departures

Enjoy freshly prepared quick-serve Japanese and Chinese cuisine at Wok n’ Roll. Menu choices range from sushi and bento boxes to rice bowls, noodle soups and delicious Chinese dishes. With “Food on the Fly,” all menu items can be specially packaged to enjoy onboard your flight.


Aeropet offers a wide variety of toys and 100% natural treats that your pet will love.Check out our great line of fun-wear for dogs, including sunglasses, hats, jackets, scarves and collars.

Domestic Terminal Departures, Level 3


U.S. Departures, Level 3 (across from U.S. check in)

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Coming Soon The former DTB – Level 3 Sporting Eyes space and the adjacent Great Canadian Book Company will be renovated and Domestic Terminal, Departures Level 3 become the new home of Virgin Books & International Terminal, Departures Music. Level 3 Scheduled to open in May, the new store will offer a wide range of CDs, DVDs, books 604-303-3073 and more.

VANCOUVER’S AVIATION ENTHUSIAST AND PILOT SUPERSTORE Aviation World is North America’s premier pilot and aviation enthusiast store, with more than 7,000 book titles, a huge selection of pilot supplies, collectibles, clothing, prints, kits and hobby supplies, and much more… Please visit us at 6080 Russ Baker Way, Unit 105 at the corner of Gilbert Rd.and Russ Baker Way. phone:604-718-7400 fax:604-718-7401

SAVE UP TO 15%! • Domestic Terminal, Level 1


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Take advantage of the Employee Rate by presenting your RAPs or Valid Company ID and SAVE up to 15%. Drycleaning And Laundry Monday to Saturday. Fast alterations and repairs done on premises. Free pick-up and delivery from your office.


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Name That Aircraft


Win a Trip for Two to Britain

end the correct name of this aircraft (make and model) and you could win a $50 Gift Certificate to Cravings Bistro at Oak and 72nd Avenue in Vancouver.


Send your answer by: Email: Fax: (604) 736-6750 or Mail: Skytalk, 306-5400 Airport Road South, Richmond, BC V7B 1B4 A draw will be made from all correct entries received by April 30, 2006. The winner’s name will be published in the May edition of SkyTalk.

March contest winner: April Green, Vancouver Aircraft: Challenger 601



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B.C.’s Motorcycle Messenger Service As fast as humanly possible!

There is no faster way to move packages in B.C. Day or night; we offer the undisputed fastest delivery service. We service a diverse range of clients

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BC Bikes Express Couriers

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It’s Hockey Nite in The Castle! Catch All ■ Thursday Nite Blues 6-10pm ■ 18 Beers On Tap ■ The Best Patio In Richmond Open All Year ’round ■ 2nd Floor Sandbar soft lounge seating, pool tables, games, etc..



Complimentary Parking

The Playoff Action

Kitchen opens till midnight daily with full Menu.

Carry-On Luggage Packing Tips ummer is one of the busiest travel periods and with increased security restrictions early airport arrival is advised. To alleviate stress and prevent travel delays, contact your airline to find out the number and size of items permitted as carry-on luggage. The following are some considerations when packing: Remember to pack only what you need for the duration of your flight and to leave out prohibited items such as bear and dog sprays, homemade wine and unsealed alcoholic beverages. If your backpack triggers an alarm be prepared to have the compartments searched. One canister of insect repellant aerosol is permitted in your carry-on. However, check with your air carrier before packing since flammable aerosols are not permitted in checked baggage. Most sporting equipment, including skis, snowboards, skates and golf clubs, is not allowed as carry-on and must be placed in checked baggage. Golf clubs should be thoroughly cleaned as chemical residue may trigger screening alarms and cause delays. Ensure toy guns, firearms, ammunition and cartridges are properly packed in your checked baggage. If your baggage contains a toy


gun or any other object resembling a prohibited weapon, notify your air carrier to avoid potential delays during screening. Computers and electronic devices may require screening. To minimize time spent at the screening point, remove computers and video cameras from their carrying cases and place them in a tray. Cameras and film should be transported in your carry-on baggage. All cameras must undergo X-ray inspection, which is safe for film under 800 ISO/ASA. You may request a hand search of your film, but you will be required to take the film out of your camera. Avoid packing jewellery or other metal objects that could trigger alarms and delay your trip. To see which items are prohibited in carry-on and checked baggage visit

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 2005 Annual Report and financial statements. The meeting is scheduled for:

Thursday, May 11 3:30 p.m. International Terminal Building Departures Level, East Concourse Vancouver International Airport Richmond, B.C. The 2005 Annual Report will also be available April 28 through our website: Vancouver International Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

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Special Offer from Bell for YVR Employees $

20.00 for 200 minutes*

Upcoming EVENTS May 6 YVR Aviation And Collectable Show in conjunction with BCIT Open House

BCIT Hangar at YVR Tickets available at Aviation World, 6080 Russ Baker Way, Richmond, B.C. For more information, call 604-809-7972 or visit

May 11

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200 local Anytime minutes Unlimited Evenings (8pm – 7am) and Weekends FREE Message Centre Express FREE Call Display FREE Mobile Browser (up to 100kB) FREE Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, Conference Calling, and Detailed Billing FREE Car Charger, Headset, and Case

Only available at: Bell – Blundell Centre 8180 No. 2 Road, Richmond Tel: 604 204-2363 * Offer expires April 30, 2006. For details contact the Bell Store

YVR Annual Public Meeting

3:30 p.m., International Terminal Building, Departures Level, East Concourse The Vancouver International Airport Authority’s Board of Directors will present the Airport Authority’s 2005 Annual Report and financial statements. As of April 28, the report will also be available at

May 27 Building Bridges A Black Tie Gala: “The New Realm of Community Policing”

River Rock Show Theatre, 8811 River Road, Richmond, B.C. Dinner and dance with a live and silent auction in support of the Richmond Community Policing Fund and the Mounted Police Foundation. Tickets available at Ticketmaster and the River Rock Show Theatre box office.

May 31 - June 2 Western Aerospace Alliance Conference 2006: “Alliances as a Growth Strategy”

Painters Lodge, Campbell River, B.C. Hosted this year by the Aerospace Industry Association of British Columbia. For more information, call Andrew Huige at 604-538-0071, or email

Huge Inventory of 2006 Models! More Than 70 Used Vehicles In Stock!

5400 Airport Road South Base Rates: $8.00 per sq. ft. per annum ■ Well-appointed office space at budget prices ■ Strategically situated airside at YVR’s south side ■ Available to suit your requirements: • Offices from 300 to 1,800 sq. ft. • Shops and storage from 500 to 10,000 sq. ft.

Grant McDaniel (former YVR Air Canada employee)

Sales and Leasing of New and Used Vehicles

Cell: 604-868-5875

Christian Chia President OpenRoad Auto Group

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Passengers Rate Systematic Withdrawal Plan: A Great Strategy For Retirement Income YVR Among The Best MONEY MATTERS

By Peter Kutney, Equinox Financial Group

utual fund investors wanting regular income from their investments have a unique and attractive option available: the Systematic Withdrawal Plan (SWP). With SWPs, investors are able to redeem modest portions of their mutual funds on a regular basis while keeping the majority of the mutual fund invested. The strategy is simple: reap rewards while keeping your money working. SWPs provide regular income while avoiding the capital erosion of a large, one-time withdrawal. Incremental withdrawals allow an investor’s nest egg to continue increasing since most of it remains in the mutual fund. In addition, SWPs offer flexibility as the investor chooses when and how the withdrawals will occur: for example, monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually. What’s more, instructions can be changed at any time. Generally, SWPs do not incur administration fees and the investor can specify payment to be received by cheque or direct deposit to a bank account. SWPs offer numerous benefits. Incremental withdrawals help weather the natural ups-anddowns of market forces, as funds are redeemed during different months at different prices,


avoiding a large one-time redemption at an unfavourable price. With a well-planned and carefully monitored SWP, the bulk of one’s investment may grow quickly enough to match, or even outpace, the rate of withdrawals. However, investors must ensure withdrawals don’t exceed the mutual fund’s performance, or the investment could be eroded considerably. Numerous studies examining the amount of capital that can be withdrawn annually without depleting capital, using back-tested withdrawal rates of four- to eight per cent over a 40- to 50-year period, have been done. The conclusion? With a balanced portfolio of stocks and bonds, it is possible to withdraw four- to five per cent of your account value each year, with capital being exhausted in only the most extreme “bear” market. Who uses SWPs? Retirees wishing to supplement their CCP or OAS income are prime candidates. Also, people who have made substantial past investments for a special purpose, such as an emergency fund to supplement unemployment, funds to finance a sabbatical year, or income for an entrepreneur in the early stages of a new business. A SWP can be tremendously useful in a variety of situations.

Finally, a word about the tax treatment of SWPs. SWP payments from a Registered Savings Plan (RSP) or Retirement Income Fund (RIF), are 100 per cent taxable while monthly payments from a non-RSP account are non-taxable. A T3 tax form will be issued for the share of dividend and interest income received from the fund. In summary, a SWP offers these important features: • Regular income allowing capital the potential to continue growing; • Predictable income, making budgeting easier; • Control over where and when payments are deposited; • Flexibility to change the structure at any time. For more information on SWPs, contact your investment advisor. Peter Kutney is a financial planner with Partners in Planning and Equinox Financial Group in Burnaby. He can be reached at (604) 438-1603 or at


VR’s commitment to delivering unparalleled customer service has been recognized, yet again.

In a recent survey, passengers rated YVR among the best airports in the world for customer satisfaction. For the eighth consecutive year, YVR placed among the top 10 airports for customer satisfaction in the 2005 AETRA survey of international airports. YVR was rated No. 4 overall in the Americas and No. 6 in the world in its size category of 15- to 25-million passengers per year. This year, YVR also earned the distinction of second place in the Most Improved Airport category. The AETRA survey measures satisfaction levels in various customer service areas including: airport services and facilities, efficiency of check-in staff and waiting time at check-in, availability of directional signage and flight information screens, and overall airport environment, such as ambience and airport cleanliness. AETRA distributed more than 100,000 questionnaires at 66 airports worldwide. The rating reaffirms YVR’s position among the world’s premier airports and is a testament to the efforts of both employees and the airport’s business partners. AETRA, formerly known as IATA, provides a customer satisfaction benchmarking program for many of the world’s leading airports, including London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.



Penauille/ Servisair has

Permanent P/T RAMP AGENT positions available.

Wage $9.32/hr. Medical & Flight Benefits. Must hold valid Class 5 BC Drivers License.

Please fax or e-mail résumé to 303-4574, Attn: Ramp No phone calls please


Tel: 604 736-6754 • Fax: 604 736-6750 • E-mail:



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Chestnut Tree Bed & Breakfast Comfortable accommodation, with special discounts for airline personnel. Five minutes from airport, in Richmond.

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Full-time positions available. Successful applicants must have: Good customer relations Clean driving record Ability to work weekends Drop résumé off in person at Seair Seaplanes, 4640 Inglis Drive, Richmond 604-606-1700 TOLL FREE: 1-800-665-3100

Aeroground, Inc., the leader in the Air Cargo Handling industry is holding a JOB FAIRE on Wednesday April 12th, 2006 at: Executive Airport Plaza Hotel & Conference Center 7311 Westminster Hwy – Richmond, BC V6X183 The JOB FAIRE will be held from 9 am until 5:30 pm. Managers will be present to accept applications and conduct on-the-spot interviews! COME ON OUT AND JOIN OUR WINNING TEAM! We are accepting applications for the following positions: WAREHOUSE AGENT, $9.50 to $10.50 per hour Call (604) 278-7299 for more information, Ask for Tim or Earl. WE’LL SEE YOU AT THE FAIRE! Aeroground is also accepting walk-in applications Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5pm at our YVR Airport facility, located at: 3611 Jericho Rd. – Richmond, BC, V7B1M3

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New Challenges at YVR

Airside Escort Program - Now Hiring Starting wage of $13-$15/hr after certification.

Securiguard is seeking candidates with Airport Operations experience including Aircraft operations; VHF radio communications;a work history that demonstrates a personal commitment to safety;Airport/airfield experience that demonstrates an understanding of airport functionality, policy and procedures. Candidates must hold a valid BC Driver’s License, and currently hold a YVR Restricted Area Pass (RAP) or have recently held a YVR RAP.Extensive theory and practical airfield training and certification required. Please send résumé with Ref# AE2006 email: or Fax: 604-488-3523 No later than April 14, 2006


For cleaner skin and healthier life… Hot Spring Day Spa

RELAXING BODY MASSAGE SPECIAL Waxing from $5.00 and up 35 Minutes - $25.00 Deep pore cleaning facial - $29.95/60 mins. 45 Minutes - $35.00 Relaxing Facial - $29.00/60 mins. 60 Minutes - $50.00 (Gift Certificates Available) (you’ll enjoy it!) Non-sexual

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Deep Soaker-Style Bathtubs

Thick Granite Counter tops

Crown Mouldings & Baseboards

Elegant Nine-Foot Ceilings

Spacious, Glass-Enclosed Shower

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