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o you have a friend in New Zealand you have not seen in ages? Or a family member you would like to reconnect with? Whether it is a touching tale of friendship, a memory of a unique experience or special New Zealand spot, a heartwarming love story or a funny take on your long-lost uncle, Air New Zealand would like to hear it. Answer the question, in 1,000 words or less, “Why you deserve to win two tickets to fly to New Zealand?” at topics/entertainment/contents/ airnewzealand/rules.html. The most compelling entry wins the teller two round-trip tickets in Pacific Economy on the inaugural Air New Zealand flight from Vancouver to Auckland, New Zealand, departing Vancouver, November 2, 2007. The contest closes at 10 a.m. PDT on Monday, October 22, 2007. “There are so many special ties between Canadians and Kiwis,” said Roger Poulton, Air New Zealand

vice president - the Americas. “We would like to draw out and share the most interesting and engaging stories of connection.” Rich in history, culture, diverse landscape, excellent gastronomy, and a wide variety of outdoor activities, New Zealand has always been a popular destination choice for Canadians. Earlier this year the airline, consistently rated among the world’s best international air carriers, announced its new non-stop service begins November 2, 2007, between Vancouver and Auckland—gateway to the rest of the country and other popular destinations for Canadians, such as Australia and the islands of the South Pacific. Air New Zealand will provide three non-stop flights, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays each week between Vancouver and Auckland from November until March, and See TRIP FOR TWO, page 

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Major Airline Conference Heading To Vancouver In 2010


he 16th World Route Development Forum 2010, known simply as “Routes,” will be held in Vancouver in September 2010, bringing with it more than 2,000 decision-makers responsible for determining which airlines fly where in the world. This exciting announcement was made at the 2007 Routes Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, last month, at a signing ceremony attended by local travel and aviation representatives and international industry experts. Routes, which has never before been held in North America, is the key forum for international route planners from airlines and airports to meet during scheduled one-on-one meetings to strike air access deals. Vancouver Airport Authority and Tourism Vancouver’s joint proposal— which was endorsed by B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell—was selected through a competitive bid process. Both Vancouver Airport Authority’s Larry Berg and Tourism Vancouver’s Rick Antonson were on hand to celebrate the win.

(Left to right) Rick Antonson, Tourism Vancouver president and CEO; Larry Berg, president and CEO Vancouver Airport Authority; and IATA representatives at 2007 Routes Conference signing ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. B.C.’s growing status as a global trade and travel destination and its role as host of the 2010 Winter Olympics make Vancouver a natural fit for the 2010 Routes conference, which is expected to

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his fall, passengers, visitors and airport employees can keep sniffles at bay and work and travel plans on track by getting a flu shot on the fly at Vancouver Airport Medical Clinic. Located pre-security on Level 1 of YVR’s Domestic Terminal, Vancouver Airport Medical Clinic will offer special flu immunization clinics from October 17 through

November 28 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Experienced registered nurses will be on hand to administer a flu shot quickly and conveniently. The cost is $25 for B.C. residents who stop by during clinic hours, and $35 for out-of-province residents. Appointments outside of regular flu shot clinic hours are available

have a direct economic impact of $1.9-million on the local economy. YVR will be the local host for the convention, and the timing couldn’t See CONFERENCE, page 

for $30 by calling the clinic at (604) 207-6900. Managed by Ultima Medical Services, the Vancouver Airport Medical Clinic provides comprehensive health care to the airport community, including occupational, preventative and acute medical care, travel medicine, vaccinations and other specialized medical services.

George Tsamis, regional vice president, RBC Royal Bank, south Vancouver/Richmond market, presents a cheque for $50,000 to Filomena Nalewajeck, chief executive officer, Canuck Place, Children’s Hospice at this year’s YVR Golf for Kids event.

A Hole In One For Children’s Charities Y

VR and members of the Richmond community teed off last month at the 16th Annual YVR Golf for Kids tournament and auction, which has raised more than $2-million for children’s charities since its inception in 1993. The premier charity fundraising event for the airport community, this year’s tournament was held at Mayfair Lakes Golf and Country Club, followed by a gala dinner and auction at the Best Western Richmond Hotel and Convention Centre. More than 400 guests mingled with John Shorthouse, the “voice of the Canucks” and the evening’s master of ceremonies, while bidding on fantastic auction items. Also on hand were Vancouver Canucks players Trevor Linden and Kevin Bieksa, who posed for photographs with fans, with proceeds benefiting children’s charities. Notable items auctioned off by auctioneer Howard Blank of River Rock Casino included deluxe weekend fishing getaways, airline tickets to exotic locales, original artwork and luxurious hotel stays. All See GOLF FOR KIDS,



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be better. With the conference occurring after the 2010 Winter Olympics, delegates will enjoy the cultural legacies of the Games, while experiencing YVR’s new International Terminal facilities and the Canada Line rapid transit link to downtown. “Vancouver’s ability to leverage opportunities such as the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the convention centre expansion relies heavily on our destination having increased air access,” said Antonson. “YVR’s leadership in bringing Routes to Vancouver is a significant way of exposing key decision makers to our destination.” For Vancouver Airport

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of these coveted auction items were generously donated by local businesses from the airport and various Lower Mainland communities. “A commitment to the communities we serve is an essential part of who we are at YVR,” said Larry Berg, president and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “It’s so rewarding to see how this event has grown in size and popularity since its inception, with the proceeds of our community’s enthusiastic generosity going to make a difference in the lives of children with life-limiting illnesses in B.C.” In the mid-1980s, members of various law enforcement agen-

1 Authority’s aviation marketing group, Routes 2010 will also provide a great forum for promoting new passenger and cargo routes to YVR—another opportunity to put the province and Vancouver International Airport on the global map. “B.C.’s reputation as the Pacific Gateway to North America for international travel and trade is growing, and the decision to host the 2010 Routes convention here reflects our growing status as a global destination,” said Premier Gordon Campbell. “I want to thank and congratulate Vancouver Airport Authority and Tourism Vancouver for successfully winning the bid to bring this international conference to British Columbia.”

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• This summer, 190 flights departed weekly for Calgary from YVR, the most popular Canadian destination.

By LARRY BERG, President and Chief Executive Officer

Keeping Air Traffic En Route To YVR


n late September, I returned from Stockholm, Sweden, the site of the 13th World Route Development Forum, with the exciting news that, for the first time, this prestigious conference will be coming to North America. In September 2010, Vancouver will play host to thousands of aviation and airline representatives for what has been called the world’s leading airline and airport networking event. Far more than a chance to network, the conference brings industry stakeholders together to determine new air routes and strike new air access deals. It will also provide another opportunity to showcase YVR’s first-class facilities and Vancouver’s stunning natural beauty and destination appeal following the 2010 Winter Olympics. The success of our bid to host the conference, which was prepared jointly with Tourism Vancouver, was a direct result of the efforts of our Aviation Marketing team. This team works to promote our airport to airlines and industry organizations around the world, bringing new carriers and routes to our city and keeping YVR a central hub on the aviation map. Each time a new service out of YVR is announced, you can bet Aviation Marketing played a key role in bringing it to fruition. Competing with airports such as Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles for air routes and passenger traffic can be challenging, as airports in the United States typically have lower operating costs and are able to pass on those savings to the airlines. It is Aviation Marketing’s job to promote YVR’s advantages, and we have many: our geographical location as the major West Coast airport closest to Asia means that while travellers may pay a little more

1 cies working at YVR including the RCMP, U.S. Immigration, Canada Customs and U.S. Customs began a friendly golf tournament. In 1991, after Brian and Audrey Flagel of Canada Customs lost their daughter Elise to cancer, the tournament was reinvented as YVR Golf for Kids, with proceeds donated in Elise’s memory. Since then, more than $2-million has been raised for various Lower Mainland charities and initiatives, including Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Girl Guides of Canada, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the RCMP’s D.A.R.E. program.



July through August, and twice weekly for the remaining months. Star Alliance partner Air Canada will be code sharing on this service. Customers on the new Air New Zealand service will experience the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, which accommodates 313 passengers, features, vast entertainment options, award-winning food and wine and lie-flat beds in Business Premier. Flight time to New Zealand will be reduced from more than 20 hours via Los Angeles or San Francisco, to just over 14 hours. “We anticipate our Canadian customers will appreciate that the service is a fast and convenient route not only to New Zealand, but to many Australian destinations as well,” said Poulton.


to travel through YVR, they will often save time; our airport experience is second to none; and Vancouver just happens to be a great place to visit. As well, in Canada, we lead the field when it comes to providing a low-cost, high-value airport; YVR’s international landing fees are the lowest of all major Canadian airports and we were recognized recently by the International Air Transport Association with a prestigious Eagle Award for providing outstanding performance in customer satisfaction, cost efficiency and continuous improvements. In addition to promoting YVR, the Aviation Marketing department provides data and analysis about the aviation industry as a whole: which markets are growing, where we might expect a decline, and how much traffic we can anticipate in the months or years to come. Lately, there has been a lot of talk about the impact on tourism of the parity of the Canadian and U.S. dollars. While parity serves to highlight some of our competitive challenges with airports across the border, research, industry expertise and data from our Aviation Marketing department tells us that we will see advantages in other areas to offset the loss. For example, more Canadians are flying to the States to take advantage of our high dollar, and we are continuing to see growth in other markets. The role of the Aviation Marketing department is therefore twofold: to provide industry intelligence to inform our business decisions, and to promote YVR to the world to ensure our continued success. Bringing a conference of such significance as Routes to YVR certainly puts us on a path to continued success.

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Highways In The Sky E

ver wonder how so many aircraft can smoothly navigate the same airspace? Here’s a quick look at air traffic control and “highways in the sky.” Planes fly along standardized flight paths created to manage the world’s air traffic. These highways in the sky have different altitudes and multiple lanes. Aircraft are directed along these highways to ensure safety; however, the pattern of standardized flight paths around an airport will vary depending on a number of factors, such as: • local geography and topography; • wind direction; • runway orientation; • unusual weather conditions; • volume of aircraft traffic; • minimum distances between aircraft. For these reasons, aircraft rarely fly in a straight line from airport to airport, as pilots are given operating instructions such as speeds, altitudes and headings to ensure a safe distance from other aircraft or terrain in the area. Who manages these highways in the sky? Safe and efficient movement of aircraft in Canadian airspace is the responsibility of NAV Canada. Through the control tower at YVR and its Area Control Centre, NAV Canada provides air traffic control, information services, and alerting services for

aircraft arriving and departing the airport. Until an aircraft reaches the vicinity of its destination airport, an Area Control Centre (ACC) controller, who gives the pilot specific instructions to proceed along points of reference, determines its flight path. For smaller noncommercial aircraft, these reference points may be visual. For most commercial or military aircraft, they are electronic reference points, such as radio beacons. Once an aircraft arrives in the area of its destination airport, control of that aircraft is transferred from the ACC to the local airport control tower. Local air traffic controllers can better manage arriving aircraft with the demands of departing aircraft on the ground. While Air Traffic Control takes into account populated areas when directing aircraft, safety is the top priority. Aircraft must have the option to use all airspace near an airport. In the busy and complex airspace of the Vancouver area— which has a particularly unique aircraft mix, including float planes and helicopters—air traffic patterns are determined by a number of factors, such as the North Shore Mountains, the proximity of the U.S. border, and traffic from other airports (Vancouver Harbour, Boundary Bay, Abbotsford, Langley, and Pitt Meadows) in the region.

CANN Celebrates 15 Years At YVR T

his month, the Community Airport Newcomers Network (CANN), a community-based multi-lingual program at YVR, celebrates its 15th anniversary. CANN provides reception, orientation, and referral services for new immigrants and government- and privately sponsored refugees through SUCCESS, a non-profit, social services organization. “Our goal is to have newcomers

leave us with a better understanding about the firs t steps to take to settle in Canada,” said Parampal Sharma, manager CANN at YVR. Since 1992, the program has provided services to more than halfa-million newcomers landing at YVR. Services provided to sponsored refugees include welcome reception, orientation to landing procedures, transit to final destination, meals,

assistance in overnight stay, winter and emergency clothing and assistance with special needs. Services are provided on a one-time basis. In addition to English, CANN staff speak French, Chinese, Punjabi, Hindi,

Urdu, Pashto, Karen S’gaw, Russian, Yoruba, Spanish, German, Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Korean, Vietnamese, Laotian, Thai and Burmese. Earlier this year, CANN received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, for its “outstanding service and dedication to helping refugees begin new lives in Canada.”

The CANN kiosk is located in the Immigration room of the International Arrivals area at YVR. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, except statutory holidays. For more information, contact Ms. Parampal Sharma, manager, at (604) 270-0077, email cann@, or visit www.success.

Airport Chaplaincy Welcomes New Addition

VAC Associate Chaplain, Major Ron Trickett (right), and Chaplain Layne Daggett (left) welcome Associate Chaplain, Howie Adan.


ancouver Airport Chaplaincy (VAC) welcomed a new addition to its staff last month. Chaplain Howie Adan was named the new Associate Chaplain (Anglican). Before joining VAC, Chaplain Adan was one of three full time chaplains at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Chaplain Adan joins associate chaplains James Hawkins, Father Andelo De Pompa (Roman Catholic) and Dr. George Sears at VAC’s ecumenical facility. “We are pleased to welcome

the latest excellent addition to our dedicated team,” said Chaplain Layne Daggett. Beginning with the dedication of a small “converted” ticket counter at YVR in 1983, VAC has since ministered to thousands of people, ranging from passengers, refugees and immigrants to airport and airline staff. In addition to weddings, funerals and memorial services, VAC provides fear-of-flying seminars and spiritual counselling. For further information, visit



Sleek New Interior Design For Delta’s Transcontinental Customers T

he first modified Boeing 737-800 aircraft has taken flight for transcontinental customers travelling on Delta Air Lines. The 737 narrowbody aircraft are configured with 16 seats in first class and 144 in coach class, with next-generation seating and Delta on Demand, the airline’s digital entertainment system, available at every passenger’s seat. Delta is the first airline to offer the sleek, new, “slim-line” seats for customers travelling in coach class. The seats feature up to 3.8 centimetres of increased personal space with additional under-seat storage,

ergonomically designed cushions developed using pressure mapping technology for maximum comfort, and advanced, lightweight materials. In addition, the modified aircraft is the first 737-800 in North or South America to feature an audio/video on demand (AVOD) entertainment system with live TV available at every passenger’s seat in both first- and coach class. “Introducing more comfortable and roomy seating for coach-class customers and expanding Delta on Demand to more of our airplanes are additional steps we’re making

to ensure Delta passengers enjoy a great experience when they travel with us on long-haul flights,” said Joanne Smith, senior vice president of In-Flight Services and Global Product Development. Smith added that Delta will introduce one 737-800 aircraft approximately every two weeks for a total of 28 737-800s operating with the new interior design and offerings by May 2008. Delta’s 737-800s will also feature blended winglet technology that simultaneously improves operating and fuel efficiency by provid-

54 Kilos Of Cocaine Intercepted At YVR

ing at least a 3.5-per cent improvement in fuel consumption and at least a five per cent improvement in range capability. Blended winglets are wing-tip devices that reduce drag through improved aerodynamics, which results in a reduction in fuel usage. Delta on Demand is the airline’s advanced, in-flight entertainment system that features a wide array of options, ranging from first-run

movies, live satellite television on domestic routes and a variety of stored TV programs on international routes. HBO on demand, a range of music selections, video games and interactive trivia for play among passengers round out the choice of entertainment services. Delta on Demand is currently available on 101 aircraft within Delta’s fleet and the airline plans to add the functionality to an additional 95 aircraft by 2008.

Cocaine seized by CBSA officers at YVR.


n September 6, CBSA officers with the airside and special enforcement operations team flagged a flight from Mexico for examination. After inspecting the aircraft’s cargo hold, four suspicious suitcases were identified. An examination of the luggage revealed eight packages inside, the contents of which were identified as cocaine

after a field test was conducted. The officers seized a total of 54 kilograms of the illegal drug. “This seizure clearly demonstrates the excellent work our officers continue to do,” said the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety. “Once again Canadians can

be proud of the contributions made by our law enforcement agencies to keep our communities safe.” So far this year, CBSA officers in the Pacific Region have seized 334 kilograms of cocaine. Last year, the CBSA made 510 drug seizures at YVR.


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Boeing IDS Contract Awarded To Avcorp B

.C.-based Avcorp Industries has been awarded a five-year contract to supply Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) with details and sub-assemblies for the Chinook CH-47 helicopter. The total estimated value of the contract is US$4.2 million. “This contract marks Avcorp’s re-entry into the rotorcraft market, adds to our military order book, and adds a customer to our client list, in keeping with our strategy of diversifying Avcorp’s revenue base,” said Paul Kalil, president. “Avcorp continues to pursue the supply of integrated metallic and composite aerostructures with Boeing IDS as well as other customers developing new aircraft programs.”

The Chinook CH-47 is a multimission, heavy-lift transport helicopter. Its primary mission is to move troops, artillery, ammunition, fuel, water, barrier materials, supplies and equipment on the battlefield. Its secondary missions include medical evacuation, disaster relief, search and rescue, aircraft recovery, fire fighting, parachute drops, heavy construction and civil development. Such versatility and reliability combined with recent cost reductions and technology improvements continue to extend the life of this aircraft. Avcorp designs and builds major airframe structures for some of the world’s leading aircraft companies, including Boeing, Bombardier and Cessna. 

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Air New Zealand Announces Bio Fuel Initiative A

ir New Zealand will play an industry-leading role in developing more eco-friendly fuel for commercial aircraft. The airline has announced a joint research venture with Boeing and Rolls-Royce on a series of projects aimed at making commercial aviation more environmentally sustainable The inaugural step in the relationship will be the first commercial trial of a bio-fuelled, Rolls-Roycepowered Boeing aircraft. One engine of the Boeing 747 will run on a blended bio fuel/kerosene mix, and the remaining three will be powered by regular jet fuel. The flight, which will depart Auckland in late 2008 or early 2009, will not carry passengers and will

be conducted under strict safety standards. “Our ultimate goal is to operate the most environmentally responsible airline and to lead the global aviation industry in developing the most eco-friendly practices possible,” said Air New Zealand chief executive officer, Rob Fyfe. “Working with like-minded partners and the New Zealand government to plan the first bio-fuelled flight will be an inspiring journey for us all.” As recently as a year ago, many airline industry observers were not viewing alternative fuels as a viable option in the near future, said Fyfe. He added that with worldwide attention now focused on environmental initiatives, technological advances are occurring so fast

that initiatives like Air New Zealand’s bio fuel initiative are now possible in the short-term. The bio fuel-research initiative is just the latest in a string of announcements from Air New Zealand about the airline’s plans for earth-friendly practices. Last month, the airline announced purchase plans for four extended-range (ER) Boeing 777-300 aircraft. When the 777s are added to Air New Zealand’s fleet with eight ordered Boeing 787-9s over the next five years, the airline will have one of the youngest, most technologically advanced, most fuel efficient and most environmentally friendly long-haul fleets in the world.



Harbour Air Moves To Become Completely Carbon Neutral H

arbour Air, the world‘s largest all-seaplane airline, has pledged to become completely carbon neutral by the end of this year. The company has purchased high-quality carbon offsets to mitigate the climate impact of all its scheduled service, charter and tour operations. This will make Harbour Air the first air carrier of any variety in North America and the only seaplane airline in the world to make all of its flight services 100 per cent carbon neutral. “One of Harbour Air’s core values is to always do the right thing,” said Greg McDougall, CEO of Harbour Air Seaplanes. “I firmly believe that reducing the impact our company has on the environment is exactly that. Everyone’s talking

about climate change and I am proud our seaplane company is leading the charge in taking action to address it. It is my hope that other airlines follow our lead. Simply put, it doesn’t take much and the benefits are huge.” This venture was created in partnership with Vancouverbased Offsetters Climate Neutral Society. The company will invoice Harbour Air monthly based on fuel consumption figures for the month. Harbour Air will share this cost with its consumers through a Carbon Offset Surcharge that is applied to each ticket. is Canada’s chief provider of high-quality carbon offsets for individuals and companies

seeking to reduce or eliminate their climate impact. Offsetters is a notfor-profit company that invests funds from Harbour Air and other clients into renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects that would not have taken place without its involvement. Funds generated from this partnership will be used to initiate offset projects within Harbour Air‘s operating area. “Harbour Air is taking bold steps to get in front of the curve on the crucial issue of climate change,” said Dr. James Tansey, CEO of “For innovative companies, taking responsibility for reducing and offsetting their climate impact will be a benefit rather than a cost. Clearly,

DeHavilland Single Otter in Harbour Air livery. Photo: Ben W Bell. Harbour Air is such a company.” Harbour Air is further pledging to offset its corporate emissions to become the first carrier in the world to become completely carbon neutral

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asis Hong Kong Airlines received two “Budgies” at last month’s annual World Low Cost Airline Congress (WLCAC) held in London, England. The Budgie awards, judged by a panel of senior aviation, media and marketing experts, recognizes the accomplishments and positive contributions of companies and individuals in the low-cost airline industry. Oasis, the first long haul, low-fare airline to fly direct from Vancouver to Hong Kong, received awards for “Best New Service” and “Best Business Class Carrier”. “For Oasis to be recognized by the Congress is a great honour, said Raymond Lee, chairman of Oasis Hong Kong Airlines. “These awards reflect our growing success and the consistent high levels of comfort, service and innovation that we offer passengers. Oasis successfully expanded its services into Vancouver in June 2007 to offer a value-focused alternative for Canadian travellers.”

Oasis recently celebrated its first three months of operating six nontop flights a week from Vancouver to Hong Kong. According to airline officials, Oasis had an average load factor of 89.6 per cent and an ontime performance of 86 per cent as of August 31, 2007. The airline has treated travellers with a variety of promotions including discounted flights for passengers over 55, free flights for children and guaranteed weekday low fares. Oasis offers all passengers full service onboard including complimentary hot and soft drinks, Western or Chinese gourmet meals, multiple in-flight entertainment channels, and for businessOasis passengers, airport lounge access, sleeper seats and priority seat assignment. Currently, Oasis serves passengers using three 747-400 aircraft, with a fourth slated for delivery in fall 2007, a fifth in spring 2008 and an additional five by the end of 2008.

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he Canadian Airports Council (CAC) has issued a statement that decries the continued subsidization of Via Rail to the tune of nearly $692-million while Canada’s aviation sector suffers from competitiveness challenges. The statement by the CAC came after the federal government announced earlier this month that it would provide $691.9-million in capital and oper-

ating funding to Via Rail. “Canada’s civil aviation sector already suffers a serious competitive disadvantage to other modes of travel, and airports across the border in the U.S., due to airport rent and other forms of high taxation,” said CAC president and CEO, Jim Facette. “Canada’s airports generate some $30-billion in economic output and employ more

than 150,000 people, while facilitating international and domestic trade and tourism. To pump millions of dollars into a competitor is inexplicable.” According to the CAC, Canada’s airports pay nearly $300-million a year in the form of rent to the federal government, while shouldering the financial responsibility of more than $9.5-billion in capital improvements

Savings Of Up To 40% With Air Canada’s Hong Kong And China Flight Pass


ir Canada has introduced a multi-trip Flight Pass to Hong Kong and China. With the “Hong Kong and China Pass,” customers save up to 40 per cent off regular economy fares by pre-purchasing six one-way trips (three round trips) valid up to one year for travel to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai, from anywhere Air Canada and Jazz fly in Canada. Air Canada is offering special introductory prices until October

25, 2007, starting at $2,548 from Western Canada ($425 per oneway trip including all taxes and charges). In addition, customers will receive a complimentary bonus pass valid for two one-way trips anywhere Air Canada flies within Canada, or between Canada and the continental United States. By pre-purchasing air travel in bulk, Air Canada’s Flight Pass holders benefit from significant savings, a single pre-payment valid for future air travel up to one year

and the convenience to manage bookings online. Moreover, pass prices include airport fees and surcharges. Air Canada operates twicedaily non-stop flights each to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai for six non-stop flights per day—the most of any airline. Customers can learn more about how to select and use Flight Passes by taking the interactive virtual tour “What’s a Flight Pass?” at www.

over the past decade. In addition to rent, which is passed on to airlines and their passengers, the government charges civil aviation with fuel excise taxes, the air traveller’s security charge and other tax and regulatory costs. “Canada’s 100-million air travellers a year will pay nearly $300-million in rent this year, while the government puts nearly $700-million to benefit Via Rail’s 4.1-million passen-

gers,” said Facette. “This is a double standard that clearly must end.” CAC’s 47 members comprise more than 150 airports, including all of the National Airports Systems (NAS) airports and most significant municipal airports in every province and territory. Together, CAC members handle virtually all of the nation’s air cargo and international passenger traffic and 95 per cent of domestic passenger traffic.


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WestJet Celebrates Milestone In Giving ast month, WestJet announced a significant milestone in community investment at the bi-annual WestJet Airports Games in Calgary. This year, WestJet Cares for Kids, the airline’s community investment program, will donate 800 gifts of flight to Hope Air surpassing last year’s gift of 627 flights. Hope Air, one of WestJet’s longest standing charitable partners, is a

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BCIT Officially Opens New Aerospace Technology Campus

(Above) Acting President of BCIT, Dr. Verna Magee-Shepherd, and the Honourable Gordon Campbell, Premier of B.C., unveil the glass plaque that commemorates the official opening of the new Aerospace Technology Campus. Photo: Scott McAlpine. (Left) Record crowds explored the Honeywell Aerospace Education Hangar at the BCIT open house, held the day after the facility’s official opening. Photo: Patrick Stewart


he British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) officially opened its brand-new Aerospace Technology (ATC), located at the gateway to Vancouver International Airport, at a ceremony held on October 12. The new $77-million, 28,000 square-metre campus will propel BCIT’s aerospace programs into the future, thanks to new stateof-the-art training facilities and teaching technologies. “BCIT has a long and proud history as a leader in aerospace training, having supplied the aviation industry with more than 5,000 graduates over the past 50 years,” said Dr. Verna Magee-Shepherd, acting president

of BCIT. “This spectacular new facility will ensure that we continue to meet industry demand for workers by providing hands-on, technologydriven education, the cornerstone of our polytechnic mandate.” At the new campus, BCIT, already the largest aerospace training school in Canada, will offer a full range of certificate, diploma and degree programs in aircraft maintenance engineering, airport and flight operations. New programs, including air traffic services training, are in development, thanks to the addition of FIRSTPlus, a leading-edge air traffic control training tool that simulates, in real-time 3D graphics,

Engine demonstration by a BCIT student. Photo: Patrick Stewart an airport control tower. BCIT is the first post-secondary institute in Canada to have this technology.

In addition to high-tech simulators, students are already gaining handson training in the new Honeywell

Aerospace Education Hangar; BCIT’s fleet of 20 training aircraft— including a Boeing 737—can be seen from Russ Baker Way through the hangar’s dramatic glass wall. The new campus also features the Pratt and Whitney Canada Hub, which leads staff and students into three distinct zones within the building: an administrative zone, an office and workshop zone, and a classroom zone that includes a cafeteria and library. During the opening ceremony, Dr. Magee-Shepherd and the Honourable Gordon Campbell, Premier of British Columbia, revealed a glass plaque that will eventually be installed in the Hub to commemorate the official opening. Designed by Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd., and built by Ledcor Construction Ltd., the building has more than 1,700 glass panels and used more than 11,000 cubic metres of concrete. It more than doubles BCIT’s student capacity for aerospace training, to 1,000. Record crowds explored the new campus at an open house held on October 13. For information about aerospace programs at BCIT, visit transportation/aerospace/.

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Will You Have Enough for Retirement? T

he great bear market years of 2000-2002 left many investors wondering if they would ever be able to retire. Then followed four bull market years (2003-2006), and those same investors began to feel more comfortable with the thought of retirement. An investor in the age group between 30 and 40 need not be concerned about market fluctuations of the last seven years—he or she just needs to keep saving. Over time, companies expand, and increase their profits—and stock prices inevitably follow. (Check out any 20-, 30- or 100-year graph of the Dow or the TSE to see what I mean.) Those investors most acutely concerned are between 50 and 60 years old who are heavily invested in equities, and have little or no formal company pension plan. Some of these investors saw their retirement nest egg drop by 30 per cent or more in 2001-2002 only to see it recover substantially since then. Should they sell their equities and “lock-in” those gains? Take the case of Evan and Sue Right (not their real names). Evan is a sales manager based in Richmond, B.C. and earns an annual salary of $90,000. His wife is a dietician and earns $35,000. Both are 51, and they have $340,000 in their Registered Savings Plan (RSP). Both contribute the maximum to their RSP. Neither is a member of a company pension plan, so their RSPs are their key assets. The couple is hoping to retire at age 55 on 70 per cent of their combined family income, but as Evan said, “I had a retirement plan done four years ago and they told me that 55 was not really feasible. I had to lower my income expectation, or plan on working until age 60. Now with my RSP going nowhere this year, I wonder if I will be able to leave by age 65!”

Qantas Launches Carbon Emissions Offset Program


antas has launched a program for passengers to offset the carbon emissions caused by their flights through making a small contribution at, using an on-line calculator. In addition, the airline will pay to offset the emissions for all its staff travelling for business purposes as well as those generated by its ground transport vehicles. All contributions will go towards abatement programs approved by Australia-based Greenhouse Friendly. These may include energy-efficiency measures, generation of renewable energy and tree planting projects—all activities to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere or to avoid their release in the first place. Qantas has set itself a target of cutting its carbon dioxide emissions by more than two-million tonnes by June 2011 through a range of environmental initiatives, with its focus on the most modern and efficient aircraft playing a key role. In the past year, Qantas has reduced emissions by 130,000 tonnes—equivalent to removing 30,000 cars from the roads.

Evan is also wonMONEY MATTERS dering if he should sell By Peter Kutney all his equity funds, and move to bonds and money market funds. of living in retirement, they will Firstly, it is important to rememneed an annual income of $77,400. ber that Evan and Sue have many This is 62 per cent of Evan and Sue’s years of life left to live. Odds are that current annual income of $125,000. one of them will live to at least 85 When Evan’s lower retirement tax and perhaps 90, so there is plenty of rate is factored in, the figure drops time for them to benefit from market to about 60 per cent of the $125,000 growth. There is no need to sell their income figure, or slightly less. equity funds now. Later on, they We then put that figure into our may wish to reduce their exposure retirement planning software, using to equities. For example, they may a seven per cent rate of return on determine that 50-60 per cent equity investments, 2.5-per cent inflation, content is more appropriate to their Canada Pension plan, old age secu“comfort” level. rity, etc., and determined that Evan So, the question they need to ask and Sue will be comfortable to retire is, “How much do we really need for at the age of 59-60. retirement?” Many financial planners use the Keep in mind also that Evan rule of thumb that says 70 per cent and Sue will not necessarily need of pre-retirement income is needed $77,000 per year—they could retire during retirement. Others call that a earlier and spend less. They will also myth generated by the financial plancertainly spend less than this in their ning industry keen to have you save later years, for example, once they and invest every penny. move into the 70-80 age group, their Here is an approach that I would lifestyle will naturally slow down use in estimating the needs for a famand they will spend less. ily. Evan and Sue should take their So, my advice to Evan and Sue annual combined family income of was to ignore the stock market, stick $125,000 and deduct annual costs that will go away during retirement. to their plan, and relax. Based on The mortgage will be paid off by their current continued saving, they then, so subtract $15,600. They will will be fine. no longer need to save in RSPs, Everyone’s circumstances differ, so deduct $22,500. Deduct workbut you can use the model above to related expenses, such as commutget a more accurate picture of what ing, and Canada Pension plan and you will need during retirement. You Employment Insurance—in their can see that the 70 per cent rule of case another $8,500. Their children thumb is a bit high for this couple will be grown up (and have a good and, in fact, at 60 per cent they will RESP), so remove another $6,000 be very comfortable, too. per year. Finally, Evan and Sue do hope to travel during retirement, so Peter Kutney is a financial planner they should add $5,000 per year for with Partners in Planning in Burnaby. that. He can be reached at (604) 438-1603 The net effect is that in order to or at maintain roughly the same standard



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Upcoming EVENTS October 24-26 Western Aerospace Alliance & Wings of Saskatchewan Conference & Trade Show Earlier this month, a Northwest Airlines Embraer 175 training flight visited the airline’s ground-handling crew at YVR.

Northwest Resumes Minneapolis-Vancouver Service


his month, Northwest Airlines resumes its year-round Minneapolis-Vancouver flights. The daily flights will use Embraer EMB-175 LR (Long Range) aircraft operated by Compass Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northwest operating under the Northwest Airlink banner. The service will leave Minneapolis/ St Paul at 9:10 a.m., arriving at 10:55 a.m., while the return option leaves Vancouver at noon and lands in Minnesota at 5:29 p.m. “We are delighted to once again

offer year-round service between Minneapolis/St Paul and Vancouver,” said Tom Bach, vice president market planning and Airlink. “We believe the new dual-class regional jets serving the route will be popular with business and leisure customers.” The NWA EMB-175 accommodates 76 passengers in a dual-class configuration, with 12 seats in first class and 64 seats in coach class. Compass plans to operate a fleet of 10 EMB-175 aircraft by the end of 2007, and 36 aircraft by the end of 2008.

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amon Wong is no stranger to the airport community, having spent 34 years with Cara Operations until his retirement in 2006 as general manager. So, it was no surprise when in May of this year he returned to YVR, this time to manage and develop the Domestic and International Terminals Plaza Premium Lounges for Hong Kong-based Plaza Premium Lounge Management. Domestic Departure Lounge With the opening of the Plaza Premium Lounge last spring in YVR’s Domestic Terminal, located post-security at the junction between A and B piers, domestic passengers travelling out of YVR have been enjoying a first-class lounge experience. Open to all domestic passengers, regardless of airline, travel class or membership programs, the Plaza Premium Lounge offers spectacular runway views, comfortable seating, refreshments and unlimited beverages, free Internet stations, Wi-Fi, current newspapers, magazines, television entertainment and carry-on baggage storage, all for a $25 entrance fee for adults; $18 for children aged 4-11. Optional full bar and business services, such as fax and IDD, also are available. The Domestic Departure Lounge is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. International Departure Lounge For passengers travelling to international destinations from YVR, the Plaza Premium Lounge is located immediately post-security in the International Terminal and can be accessed for a $30 entrance fee for

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October 25-26 Rotor Focus 2007 River Rock Hotel and Casino, 8811 River Road, Richmond, BC A two-day helicopter maintenance symposium. Sessions confirmed: • Sagem Avionics: Flight Data recording and “glass cockpit” technologies • Rolls Royce 250 Engine Review • Pratt & Whitney PT63B Engine Review • S76 Main Gearbox Corrosion Prevention • Eurocopter AS350 Update • Bell Helicopter Update • Turbomeca • Onboard Systems • ACROHELIPRO Global Services: technical update • Aviall Canada • TSB Incident Review: Reducing the Risk of Reoccurrence Keynote Presentation: Jack Baryluk (British Columbia Institute of Technology)—Topic: Generation Y – The next generation of aerospace workers. Registration information and forms are available by visiting and clicking on the Rotor Focus 2007 icon. For further information on attending Rotor Focus 2007, or on becoming an event sponsor, please contact Darcy McAlpine (ACROHELIPRO): 604-340-2429,, or Mike Timperley (Aviall): 604-270-6144,

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Join the bra revolution! Captain Ron Talent piloted the Flagship Detroit DC-3 that visited Vancouver for last month’s American Airlines open house, held at the South Terminal. Photo: Jamie Hughes.

‘Flagship Detroit’ Visits Vancouver


ast month, a very special American Airlines Douglas DC-3, flown by Captain Ron Talent, touched down at Vancouver International Airport. The airliner was the featured guest for an open house hosted by American Airlines at the South Terminal, Landmark Shell. The oldest Douglas DC-3 still flying, the aircraft is one of the original DC-3s ordered in 1936 and delivered to American Airlines on March 3, 1937. During its 10 years of service with the airline it was known as the “Flagship Detroit.” In 2004, George Dennis, an American Airlines B-777 captain, located the venerable DC-3. Dennis recruited a group of airline captains to purchase the aircraft and subsequently formed the Flagship Detroit Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of one of the most popular airliners in American Airlines history. When purchased by Dennis, the aircraft’s engines were relatively fresh, with approximately 100 hours since its last major overhaul, but the frame, avionics and systems were in need of extensive restoration. Thousand of hours of work contributed by American Airlines’ employees made the reconstruction, repair and restoration of this historical aircraft possible.

DC-3 History The Douglas DC-3, first introduced in 1936, revolutionized airline travel. Within three years of its introduction, 80 per cent of airline travel was flown in a DC-3. The purchase of the first 20 DC-3 airliners by American Airlines in 1936 was the first time that commercial aircraft were used as collateral for the loan used to acquire them. Douglas Aircraft dominated the airliner manufacturing business for years after the introduction of the DC-3. While Flagship Detroit did not serve in World War II as so many of its brethren did, American President Dwight Eisenhower described “the bazooka, the jeep, the atom bomb, and the DC-3,” as key components to the Allied victory in World War II. DC-3s were used in every theatre of the war in huge numbers and were considered invaluable in their use as transport of troops, cargo and wounded. Future Flight Restored to its original configuration by the Flagship Detroit Foundation’s members, the goal is to continue to operate and maintain the aircraft as a flying tribute to all of American Airlines’ employees, past and present. For more information, visit www.

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