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YVR expands frequencies and services in 2013

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In 2012, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) continued to expand its routes and services, connecting B.C. residents to the rest of the world. In June, YVR became the first North American airport to offer a direct flight to China’s interior with the arrival of Sichuan Airlines and its Vancouver to Chengdu route. The most spirited airline arrival in 2012 was most certainly Virgin Atlantic’s first flight to Canada in more than a decade. The Airport Authority welcomed CEO Sir Richard Branson—and his truly unique brand of British humor—to kick off the inaugural Virgin Atlantic seasonal service from YVR to London. Looking forward to 2013, the Airport Authority continues to focus on its 10-year strat-

Beginning May 16, 2013 Lufthansa will offer non-stop service from Vancouver to Munich. The new route will be served daily with an Airbus A330-300.

egy to build a better airport for British Columbia. Inherent in this strategy is Airport Authority’s commitment to attracting new routes and carriers. YVR has a number of new services and increased frequen-

cies in services in 2013 that will ensure it remains B.C.’s gateway airport. Beginning in May, Lufthansa will offer a seasonal daily non-stop service from Vancouver to Munich.

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Munich is currently one of Vancouver’s top-10 origin and destination European markets, and this daily service will make travel even easier between Vancouver and this European cultural hotspot.

And Virgin Atlantic has announced the British are coming back in 2013, after a highly successful debut year of its seasonal route between London and Vancouver. See YVR EXPANDED page 3

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Vanderlande Industries Tubtrax baggage handling systems provide virtually 100 per cent baggage conveyability and positive, in-transit tracking of each item.

The Airport Authority has marked a key milestone in its $1.8-billion, 10-year gateway strategy with the recent signing of a deal with Vanderlande Industries to design and build an entirely new baggage handling system that will speed up connection times for bags—and passengers—in transit. Vanderlande Industries is one of the world’s leading suppliers of handling systems for the transpor-

tation, parcel and postal markets. For nearly 10 years, the company has been working with the Airport Authority on baggage handling infrastructure. Once complete, YVR’s baggage infrastructure will feature TUBTRAX®, a high-speed conveying system that uses tubs to transport baggage more quickly and reliably through the system.

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All YVR facilities have been designed to be barrier-free and the airport also offers experiential tours for new wheelchair travellers throughout the year.

For more than 20 years, the Airport Authority has worked hard to provide travellers of all abilities a positive experience while travelling through YVR. All airport facilities have been designed to be barrier-free, including universal check-in counters, accessible washrooms and directional signage. In keeping with this commitment, the Airport Authority recently partnered with Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI BC) to facilitate a series of video travel tutorials

designed to help travellers with spinal cord injury or mobility impairment get the most out of their travel experiences. Available on YouTube, each of the nine, minute-long videos focuses on a different aspect of the curb-to-cabin airport experience. From arrival and checkin to security screening and the logistics of transferring, with or without assistance, to an aircraft aisle chair, every step of the airport experience is covered. See TRAVEL VIDEOS page 3

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Your Airport & Sea Island Community Newspaper January 2013 Vol. 19 | No. 12


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Vancouver Airport Authority has installed two new interactive exhibits in YVR’s Public Observation Area, located on Level 4 of the Domestic Terminal, above the Food Court. On your next visit to the Observation Area, look for a new touch-screen kiosk that allows visitors to explore all of YVR’s non-stop destinations. An interactive map highlights each of the airport’s 100-plus destinations, noting each location’s distance in kilometres from YVR and average flight time, airspeed and elevation. The map can be sorted by air carrier or region, and allows browsers to pinch and zoom in on their location of choice. Beautiful photographs of YVR’s destinations rounds out the experience and is a great way to learn more about YVR’s connections from B.C. to the world. Visitors can also send family and friends a personalized YVR

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The airport’s Observation Area now features a touch-screen kiosk that allows visitors to explore all of YVR’s non-stop destinations.

postcard from the new e-postcard kiosk. Choose your favourite image from a selection of four options, write a quick note and smile for the camera. The completed electronic postcard is sent by email to a recipient of choice. More information about YVR and its retailers, along with a downloadable coupon, is also available at this kiosk. Regular visitors to the Observation Area will have seen that its floor-to-ceiling windows

are lined with information panels, or reader rails. These rails provide snapshots of the airport’s history on Sea Island, the various types of aircraft that fly to and from YVR, and the role YVR plays in the provincial economy. Visitors whose language of choice is not English can now use their mobile devices to scan new QR codes on the panels, which link to this content in French and Simplified Chinese.

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YVR expanded Increased frequencies to the U.S. include daily flights to New York offered by Delta Airlines and a seasonal weekend service by United Airlines to Washington, D.C. During YVR’s current winter peak period, Air Canada and Air New Zealand have increased frequencies to Australia and New Zealand to help make these southern sun destinations more accessible. A significant part of YVR’s 10-year gateway strategy is to expand its services to AsiaPacific and be the gateway of choice to connect to Asia-Pacific. YVR has added two Chinese carriers in the past two years (China Southern and Sichuan Airlines), making it home to more Chinese carriers than any other airport in North America. In the past 10 years, YVR has more than doubled its offering of departing flights to China during the peak summer season, during which 40 departing flights are scheduled each week. Look for further updates on services and frequency changes in upcoming issues of SkyTalk. 

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Online booking, shuttle service and lowest prices at jetSet parking Travellers looking for the best on-airport parking rates and service should keep an eye out for striking bright orange signs this month, as jetSet parking launches at YVR on January 15. The newest concept in airport parking, jetSet offers the lowest-priced self-parking and best value of all on-airport parking options at YVR. Come early February, an online booking system will offer customers the chance to reserve a spot in the lot as easily as reserving a seat on a plane, and earn an immediate discount on the cost of parking. YVR’s former long-term

parking lot will be home to jetSet’s operations, with free, 24-hour shuttle service connecting travellers from the secure parking lot to the terminal and back. Customers waiting for the next shuttle in the weatherproofed bus shelter can check in right at the lot using one of a number of self-serve checkin kiosks. For more information, to generate an online parking quote or to reserve a parking spot, visit 

Baggage system Continued from page 1

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic touched down at YVR in May 2012.

Vanderlande Industries will also introduce a new baggagesorting technology, which will integrate seamlessly with the Airport Authority’s systems and easily accommodate future passenger growth. This phased project will break ground this month and is slated for completion by early 2016. The baggage handling sys-

tem upgrade is one of several key projects designed to keep YVR competitive and the gateway of choice for airlines and travellers—particularly for the fastgrowing Asian market. Also underway are upgrades to the original portions of the 1968 Domestic Terminal and runway safety enhancements.

Travel videos Continued from page 1

Sichuan Airlines’ first flight was greeted by a water arch at YVR.

Travel tips were collected from a panel of expert travellers with physical disabilities, who have collectively explored more than 80 countries spanning every continent. As a proud sponsor of Spinal Cord Injury BC, the Airport Authority provided logistical support and some video resources for the day-long shoot, including coordination with partners WestJet and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).

Support for the video project is one part of the Airport Authority’s ongoing commitment to SCI BC’s peer program; experiential tours for new wheelchair travellers will also be offered at YVR throughout the year, with the next tour scheduled for mid-January. More information on SCI BC’s accessible travel guide is available at SpinalCordInjuryBC and sci-bc. ca/travel.

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Preparing for snow begins in summer Although most Metro Vancouver residents spend the majority of their year preparing for and managing lashings of rain, YVR spends a significant amount of time preparing for the possibility of snow. Beginning each summer, Airport Authority staff begins preparations for the winter season by reviewing and revising plans, preparing specialized equipment, ordering supplies and briefing staff and contractors in order to ensure YVR is ready for any inclement weather. On December 19, a nearrecord one-day snowfall occurred at YVR which tasked

staff and partners with enacting the snow-preparedness plan. During a large snowfall like the one experienced on December 19, YVR uses up to 80 pieces of snow-removal equipment to keep runways, taxiways and aprons safe for aircraft and passengers. Many different pieces of equipment are involved in this process. Five snow blowers are used to blow snow off the runways and taxiways, blowing a combined 25,000 tons of snow each hour. Four “all-in-one” trucks help sweep and plough the airport’s runways and taxiways. Three sweeper trucks keep the

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YVR used up to 80 pieces of snow-removal equipment on its runways, taxiways and aprons during last month’s near-record one-day snowfall.

airport’s taxiways clear of snow with 6.7-metre-wide high-speed brooms. Two other trucks are equipped with 7.9-metre highspeed snow plows. Finally, three trucks are equipped to spread environmentally friendly solid and liquid pavement de-icing solutions to ensure that YVR’s

runways and taxiways don’t freeze over. While the operations team and partners worked to ensure the safety and security for aircraft and passengers on the airfield, staff, partners and Green Coat Volunteers worked to minimize the disruptions

and promote a festive atmosphere in the terminal. Some travellers experienced delays on December 19 due to the unexpected magnitude of the snowfall. The patience of these passengers was appreciated by Airport Authority staff and partners who worked diligently to

help get them to their destinations in time for the holidays. In 2013, YVR will continue to revise its snow preparedness plans in anticipation of the next snowfall. But more importantly, YVR is also considering removing Let it Snow from its holiday in-terminal music selection!

YVR for Kids contributes to Skate with Santa event

Cheryl Hendrickson, chair of YVR for Kids; and Wayne Duzita, chair Richmond Christmas Fund, tried their skills on the ice at last month’s Minoru Arena Skate for Santa event.

December is a busy time for Santa—in fact, the busiest. But in the midst of preparing for his annual gift-giving trip around the globe, Santa found time to deliver presents on December 16 to more than 150 children from families at Minoru Arena’s Skate with Santa event in Richmond.

The Skate with Santa event was made possible by a generous donation from YVR for Kids. The attendees were families who are registered with the Richmond Christmas Fund, a program that provides assistance to low-income residents during the holiday season. The Skate with Santa event,

which is held each year, affords children 12 and under the opportunity to strap on a pair of skates—some for the first time— and take to the ice with Jolly Old Saint Nick. The Minoru Arena is turned into a winter wonderland with decorations, holiday lights and falling snow. A $5,000 contribution from

YVR for Kids helped pay for ice time, skates, a grocery voucher and special treats such as hot chocolate, cookies and a surprise gift bag for each family member to take home. Never camera shy, Santa welcomed photos, allowing the children to leave with yet another souvenir from the event.

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B.C. Government announces provincial aviation strategy Opening and expanding international markets for British Columbia’s goods and services is one of the pillars of the BC Jobs Plan and as such, the government of B.C. has launched a Connecting with the World Aviation Strategy designed to help grow the B.C. economy, create jobs and increase investment in the province. Announced last month, the B.C. government’s aviation strategy is considered critical to making the province more competitive in the global aviation market and attracting a growing share of Asia Pacific passenger and cargo business. There are 38 certified airports in B.C. serving the passenger and cargo transportation needs of the province. In total, more than 300 airports, heliports and water aerodromes, together with airlines, aerospace companies and their supporting industries, make up B.C.’s aviation sector. The sector promotes local economies by increasing access to remote job sites for B.C. workers and supporting access to local tourist destinations. It also plays a key role in every region of the province by supporting emergency services, such as medevac

and firefighting. Every community in B.C. is expected to benefit from new job opportunities in the aviation sector, expanded air services and increased access to international markets. This would increase B.C.’s competitiveness in the international marketplace and open up new markets, which will bring more business into the province and affect every sector of the economy, including tourism, oil, natural gas, mining and international education, to name a few. Earlier this year, the B.C. government eliminated the jet fuel tax for international flights, providing greater financial certainty for airlines, allowing them to invest in expansion and saving thousands of dollars per day on long-haul flights. This change increases B.C.’s competitiveness and brings the province in line with the neighbouring jurisdictions of Alberta, Washington and California, which do not have a comparable fuel tax. “More than 23,000 people work at Vancouver International Airport, and every new daily international flight creates between 150-200 airport jobs,”

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Left to right: Paul Cockell, president of Helicopter Services North America, Vector Aerospace; Mary Polak, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure; Jack Froese, Mayor, Township of Langley; Anne Murray, vice president community and environmental affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority; Richmond MLA Rob Howard and Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Polak.

said Larry Berg, Vancouver Airport Authority president and CEO. “The government’s fuel tax relief, combined with the Airport Authority’s five-year incentive program, encourages airlines to add capacity and routes and helps keep B.C.’s airports competitive.”

One of the major employers at Langley Regional Airport, where the new aviation strategy was announced, is Vector Aerospace, which employs more than 100 employees who provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for helicopters. Vector

has announced plans to expand its facilities and add another 80 jobs to its workforce as a result of the announcement. The B.C. government has invested $65.5-million to improve 36 airports throughout the province in the past decade,


Planes, trains, cars and bikes welcome at YVR on-site cycling facilities and the dedicated cycling infrastructure on its Sea Island home. Those travelling by bike to or from YVR will find marked cycling lanes adjacent to traffic lanes on YVR’s major roadways, as well as off-cycling routes connecting major thoroughfares on Sea Island. Public bike racks can be found on Arrivals Level 2, close to the International Terminal, at both the Templeton and Sea Island Canada Line stations, and at the South Terminal Building. And because bikes are allowed on Canada Line, cyclists can easily head to YVR for a day of exploration. One of the best year-round cycling trips on Sea Island is the route along Ferguson Road to Iona Beach Regional Park. The park features a four-kilometre jetty ideal for cycling, along with sandy beaches and marshy trails that are home to thousands of migratory birds.

The route along Ferguson Road to Iona Beach Regional Park on Sea Island is one of the best year-round cycling trips.

For more information on YVR’s bike routes, visit the Getting To & From YVR section of 

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YVR’s reputation as a transportation hub is expanding to include bicycles, with the recent announcement of the Airport Authority’s win as one of the region’s most bikefriendly businesses. Awarded annually by HUB, Metro Vancouver’s largest cycling coalition, the awards celebrate businesses that encourage employees and customers to cycle, by providing commuting facilities, incentives and education programs. The Airport Authority earned Runner Up status in the Most Bike Friendly Workplace category, with BC Hydro garnering top honours. Other 2012 award winners included ING DIRECT and Harbour Centre Building Ltd. in the Most Bike Friendly Building category. HUB recognized the Airport Authority’s promotion of yearround cycling transportation, citing its Green Commuter and Wellness incentive programs,

including significant projects in Prince George, Kamloops, Cranbrook, Campbell River, Comox, Castlegar, Kelowna, Abbotsford and Langley. To view the aviation strategy, visit

Wayne Duzita appointed Aeroterm Associate Vice President, Western Region John Cammett, President/CEO and Co-founding Partner of Aeroterm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Wayne Duzita as Associate Vice President, Western Region, to Aeroterm’s global team.

Wayne Duzita Aeroterm Associate Vice President, Western Region.

Aeroterm is the leading provider of capital, expertise and facility-related services to airports throughout North America with more than 8.5-million square feet of property and 3-million square feet of developments at more than 35 airports. Aeroterm is one of the world’s leading airport facility providers specializing in the development, acquisition, financing, construction, leasing and management of airport properties. Aeroterm has more than 20 years of experience with airports and tenants specializing in air cargo operations and other airport-related activities. Duzita brings 25 years of knowledge and expertise within the industry and will be responsible to help the Aeroterm team expand its market share in Western Canada and the U.S. In addition to on-airport facilities, Duzita will also support the expansion to off-airport industrial and commercial opportunities. John Cammett said that Duzita’s extensive global network, industry knowledge and community contacts will complement the strategic goals of Aeroterm. For additional information on Aeroterm see

Tips to quit smoking for the New Year






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Quitting smoking is a common New Year’s resolution and while it is not easy, it is the single best thing you can do to improve your health and quality of life. Don’t be discouraged if you have tried once and failed, a person who tries to quit several times is more likely to stop smoking for the long term than someone who has only tried once to quit. The more times you try, the more likely you are to succeed. Benefits of quitting Your body starts repairing itself as soon as your last cigarette is stubbed out. Within just 20 minutes, your blood pressure and heart rate decrease to normal levels. Within

a few hours, your risk of having a stroke drops significantly, by about 40 per cent. Within eight hours, the levels of carbon monoxide in your body decrease, while levels of oxygen increase to normal. After one day, your risk of a heart attack decreases. Other benefits of quitting smoking include being able to taste and smell food better, having better breath, having younger-looking skin and not smelling smoke on your clothes and in your home. Strategies for quitting There are many ways to quit smoking—from the “cold turkey” method to a system where you gradually taper off smoking.

Each person is unique and different strategies work for different people. However, researchers know that the most effective quitting strategies are ones that address both the physical and psychological aspects of nicotine dependence. Therefore, using strategies to help with the physical dependence (smoking-cessation medications) as well as the psychological dependence (support groups or counselling) will improve your chances of quitting for the long term. Smoking-cessation medications In Canada, three types of medications are widely available and proven to help stop smoking. These include nicotine replacement (patch, gum, inhaler, or lozenge), bupropion and varenicline. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about which medications may be appropriate for you. These medications are usually only needed for about three months.

(Left to right) David Nimi, pharmacist; Faizah Muniff, technician; and Richard Wilson, pharmacist; are located at Pharmasave in the Domestic Terminal, Level 1. This monthly Health & Wellness column features medical, dental and health information from a variety of trained professionals. Send us a question that you would like answered on any of these areas of health and wellness.

Support groups and counselling Group programs usually involve meeting small groups of people who are all trying to quit smoking. Check that it is offered or distributed by a credible organization such as a national or provincial voluntary health agency, public health department, community health centre, hospital or licensed health care provider. Individual counselling programs can range from brief advice and counselling offered by a health care professional to intensive individual counselling available through specialty clinics for smoking cessation. Tips for quitting Develop an action plan. Make a list of the important benefits of quitting. List the situations in which you smoke and the reasons you smoke. List fun

and healthy activities to replace smoking and be ready to use these when you feel the urge to smoke. Avoid smoking triggers. If you associate coffee with smoking, try drinking tea or water, instead. If you usually smoke at parties, find other ways to socialize until you feel confident about facing these situations. Don’t carry matches, a lighter or cigarettes. Each day, delay lighting your first cigarette by one hour. After the first cigarette, when you have your next craving, delay for another 15 minutes or half an hour. By delaying, you take control. Get moving! As you exercise,

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New CEO at Cyprus airports continues leadership from Vantage Airport Group

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Larnaka International Airport is Cyprus’ main international gateway and the larger of the country’s two commercial airports, the other being Pafos International Airport on the island’s southwestern coast. Photo: courtesy Vantage Airport Group.

George Casey, president and CEO of Vantage Airport Group, has announced a change in leadership at the company that operates Cyprus’s two largest airports, Pafos and Larnaka International Airports. Alfred van der Meer will step down as CEO of Hermes Airports Limited at the end of February 2013 and the position will be taken up by Craig Richmond, currently CEO of Vantage Airports U.K., which owns Liverpool John Lennon Airport. “During Mr. van der Meer’s

five-year tenure, Hermes completed construction of new terminals at both Pafos and Larnaka International Airports,” said Casey. “He built a strong and professional team that is committed to customer satisfaction and airports that Cyprus can be proud of.” With the appointment of Craig Richmond, the award-winning Hermes airports continue to be led by CEOs drawn from Vantage Airport Group, an industry-leading investor, developer and manager of airports around the world and shareholder in

Hermes Airports Limited. With a current portfolio of 11 airports, Vantage is committed to building and sustaining longterm relationships by working in partnership with local stakeholders to identify the challenges and opportunities in each market. Vancouver-based Vantage Airport Group implements best airport practices that consider local customs and culture and results in airports that are financially stronger, more sustainable and better economic generators for the communities and businesses they serve. 

A slowdown in new orders in early 2012 and the ongoing global economic uncertainty pushed profit levels down in Canada’s aerospace product manufacturing industry in 2012 and will do so again in 2013, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Aerospace Product Industry: Industrial Outlook Autumn 2012. The aerospace outlook mirrors global economic trends, forecasting modest growth this year and next, followed by progressive improvement in the later years of the five-year forecast. Aerospace industry profits have been on a turbulent ride since the 2008-09 recession. After reaching a recent high of $710-million in 2010, profits fell in 2011 and are projected to show a dip again for 2012 and 2013. At the end of next year, profits are expected to be slightly more than $500-million—a decline of 30 per cent since 2010.

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“The aerospace industry is still coping with the lingering effects of the 2008–09 recession,” said Maxim Armstrong, senior economist, Conference Board of Canada. “And while new orders indicate that the industry is showing signs of recovery, the financial turmoil in Europe is creating uncertainty and making the comeback difficult. “Growth in global demand for air transportation can currently be described as modest at best, which is delaying the need to expand capacities or to replace existing aircraft worldwide,” said Armstrong. U.S. economic growth

remains slow, but American companies have improved their financial position, which is expected to lead to increased demand for business jets. According to the report, the improved outlook in 2015 and beyond will coincide with the anticipated arrival of Bombardier’s CSeries jets on the market. The CSeries development has fueled industry growth in research and development in recent years. Visit grounded_in_canada_s_aerospace_industry.aspx to view the report.

All-inclusive airfare advertising laws now in effect The federal government has mandated all-inclusive airfare advertising under amendments to the Air Transportation Regulations. The new rules require air service advertisers to display the total price a consumer must pay in order to fly, including all taxes, fees and charges. The amendments apply to the price of air services advertised in any media to the public, for travel within or originating in Canada. “We are protecting Canadian air travellers by helping them see clearly and up front the full cost of air tickets, so they can make informed travel choices,” said Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “In addition to benefitting consumers by ensuring transparent advertising,

these regulations will promote fair competition between all advertisers.” The Canadian Transportation Agency will work with air price advertisers and provide direction to ensure early compliance with the regulations and overall success in the implementation of the new regulations. The agency promises to use a proactive educational approach to ensure that air price advertisers are aware of their responsibility to comply as early as possible with the regulations and reach out to associations representing the air travel industry, as well as provincial government organizations dealing with travel agencies. “The Harper government takes consumer protection very seriously,” said Lebel. “Offenders can be fined up to $25,000.”

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Part of Aviation Week 2013 at Pitt Meadows Airport, CAVEX 2013 is a trade show focused on Western Canada’s aviation and aerospace industry featuring Careers, Safety, Maintenance, Operations and Advanced Mountain Flying and

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The Theme is “Connect, Learn, Lead.” Speakers include Tony Gugliotta, chairman of the Board of BCIT, senior vice president of marketing & business development, Vancouver Airport Authority. Barb Giraud, creator of the Jaaja Barb’s Home of Angels Foundation, which helps poverty-stricken Uganda children suffering with HIV/AIDS. For more

The 2013 Abbotsford Airshow will celebrate its 51st anniversary. A roster of world-class flying events and onsite displays are being planned. For more information, visit abbotsfordairshow. com.

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Last month, Air Canada unveiled its new leisure airline, Air Canada rouge. The unveiling marked a milestone in the transformation of Canada’s flag carrier to compete in the growing leisure travel sector. Air Canada rouge will begin service in July 2013 and introduce new routes to Venice, Italy and Edinburgh, Scotland not currently operated by Air Canada. Additionally, existing Air Canada flights operated in cooperation with Air Canada Vacations to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica

and Costa Rica will be operated by Air Canada rouge. Flights to all destinations will be served in the carrier’s inaugural 2013 summer schedule, which will depart from Air Canada’s main hub at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, offering customers seamless connections with Air Canada, Air Canada Express and its Star Alliance partner flights. Air Canada rouge customers will benefit from attractively priced through-fares from any point within Air Canada’s extensive network on a single ticket, as well as baggage

checked through to final destination and Aeroplan mileage accumulation and redemption. Air Canada rouge will expand to other popular holiday destinations as Air Canada starts to take delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in 2014, thereby freeing up aircraft for deployment in the Air Canada rouge fleet. Two hundred new jobs will be created for flight attendants and pilots at Air Canada rouge, in addition to Air Canada hiring 900 employees to meet its own planned workforce requirements as part of its 2012-2013 recruitment program. 

Cancellation Notice To all supporters of the PAMEA Annual Symposium Due to the lack of delegate registrations for the 2013 Symposium, the event organizing committee has cancelled the January event, originally scheduled to run from the 16th to the 19th at the Sheraton hotel in Richmond. Any funds that have been forwarded for booth space, delegate registration fees or donations will be returned. This has not been an easy decision for the organizing committee to make, but as the event date drew closer it became obvious that turnout would not allow the symposium to be financially

sustainable. In the next few months, the organizing committee will review its approach to putting on this show and decide if this should be an ongoing event for the Pacific AME Association. The organizing committee extends thanks to those who stepped up and signed up. It is hoped that if the decision is made to hold a 2014 Symposium and Trade Show, a more aggressive base will be available to support the committee’s efforts. The PAMEA Committee

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Coastal flying boats and B.C.’s Ocean Falls mill By Jack Schofield

The painting by Glenn Matthews at Airport South, which depicts a Mallard flying boat in West Coast Air livery.

In a previous issue of SkyTalk, I recounted the history associated with one of the four paintings displayed on the mezzanine at YVR’s Airport South. Here is another history associated with one of those paintings, which includes some of B.C.’s industrial history and the vital part played in that saga by Vancouver Airport and the coastal airlines operating from there. The painting at Airport South depicts a Mallard flying boat in West Coast Air livery landing at an unnamed destination to pick up passengers bound for Vancouver. The artist did not have personal experience with the various destinations of the Mallard during its 26 years of service on the coast, but his imagination created what coastal pilots will find reminiscent of the Cousins Inlet approach into one of the prime destinations in its day—Ocean Falls. Here a concrete slipway and ramp with a terminal building was built to handle this amphibious craft on its regular daily stop. Interestingly, when I was researching information to write the Pacific Coastal Airlines, Daryl Smith story, published under the title Journey Log, I discovered that Smith had helped build the concrete slipway and ramp at Ocean Falls, operating a bulldozer during onsite construction. The pulp mill and community of Ocean Falls was a vital stop for those flying boats from 1946 to 1970—before this coastal community descended from what had been the largest pulp mill in the province, with a community of 3,500 residents, to what is now a near-ghost town. The Ocean Falls town site was first envisioned in 1903, when it was determined that a large block of hydro-electric power could be generated from the waters tumbling into the inlet from the 213-metre elevation of Link Lake above the proposed

pulp mill site. By 1912, the pulp mill was in production and the town site boasted 250 inhabitants.

Transportation was provided by steamship service from Vancouver, which became a tedious experience for most of the workmen and their families, and a painfully slow means of transport for the mill operators. When airplanes started to arrive, the owners of the pulp mill company Pacific Mills, along with many of its employees and residents of Ocean Falls, helped to finance a little airline of their own called Pioneer Airways. This airline was run by a quite famous, local pilot named Bill McCluskey. At the time, the Hoffars Company was building a nice little, five-place Boeing-designed flying boat called the C204— Thunderbird—in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour.

Pioneer Airways ordered two of these pusher configuration aircraft and the little upstart airline was launched. The history of this airline is a story unto itself, but for the purposes of this account it can be said that the Ocean Falls community became enthusiastic backers of coastal aviation, and the mill owners of the day were great contributors to the growth of B.C.’s flying industry. By 1945, B.C. airlines initiated the use of the Mallard flying boats and developed scheduled service from Prince Rupert to Vancouver. Pioneer Airways operated six of the Mallards during its heyday and proudly flew Princess Margaret on a tour of some coastal destinations in a Mallard during her tour of the province in

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Pilot Bill McCluskey and the Pioneer Airways flying-boat aircraft.

the 1958 centennial year. Grumman flying boats were passed on to Pacific Western Airlines, then to West Coast Air Services and then to AirBC in its history of linking the coastal

communities of this province and though these fine aircraft are no longer in service in B.C., thanks to a pulp mill, this aircraft type played an important role in coastal aviation history.

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Travel trends for 2013 JWT, the world’s best-known marketing communications brand, has released its Things To Watch in 2013 Travel Report. This is part of its eighth annual forecast of key trends that will drive or significantly impact consumer mindset and behaviour in the year to come. Fitness on the Go With travellers looking for more ways to workout while on the road, the hospitality industry is providing new options. Hotels are supplementing the basic gym with fitness classes, designing guest rooms to accommodate people doing yoga or cardio, or providing on-demand workout videos. Hotels in Africa Driven largely by an explosion in business travel to Africa, international hotel brands are racing to expand their portfolios. Marriott plans to open a property in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, in 2013 and aims to grow its African properties six-fold by 2020. Live-Streaming Life Memories will be livestreamed in real time. The newest super-compact video camera from GoPro is 30 per cent smaller and 25 per cent lighter than its predecessors—a big selling point for skiers, divers and other extreme sports enthusiasts who love to document their exploits—and includes built-in Wi-Fi, enabling live-streaming of footage. Users can also control the camera remotely using a smartphone app. Nature as Antidote With urbanization rising steadily—today more than half the world’s population lives in cities, compared to less than 40 per cent in 1990—more people will retreat to nature to escape the pressures, noise, pollution, traffic and other stressors of the city. We’ll also see this urge manifest in other ways, from an embrace of natural, organic elements in décor to ever more nature-themed entertainment programming. Political Vacations Affluent travellers are seek-

ing new kinds of status trips, as embodied by Political Tours of the U.K., which offers clients “current affairs at first hand.” This includes a tour of Northern Ireland led by BBC correspondents and trips to hot spots including Georgia, North Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo and Ethiopia, many curated by political experts with insights into the region. River Cruising River cruising is slated to make a splash in the travel industry. In 2012, for instance, British cruise brands Voyages of Discovery and Hebridean Island Cruises both introduced river cruises. Other companies are adding river cruise itineraries worldwide, as well as new ships. Set Jetting New Zealand has seen a 50 per cent spike in tourist visits since The Lord of the Rings debuted in 2001; now The Hobbit is expected to bring even more travellers to the Pacific nation. Long popular among film fanatics, “set jetting” will become popular, especially as more sites start to tout their Hollywood connections. As part of the promotion for 50 years of James Bond films, the stars made appearances at set locations around the U.K. in 2012. In 2013, Life of Pi (filmed in India) and The Lone Ranger (the American West) are expected to help draw visitors to filming locales. Shopping Hotels In Middle Eastern countries including the UAE, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, megamalls with hotels in them are fueling a tourism recovery, after the Arab Spring of 2011 took a toll. A Sheraton will open in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates in 2013, and the upcoming Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi will house seven hotels. Airlines at YVR offer nonstop flights to many popular destinations in Asia, South Pacific, Europe, the Caribbean and Central America, as well as the U.S. and Canada. Visit for to view airlines and destinations.

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Around the Community Hockey legends to celebrate Canada’s Game at Richmond Oval Hockey fans, starving for the sport as a result of the nowresolved NHL lockout, will be richly rewarded next month. On February 9, 2013 Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur and a squad full of Vancouver Canuck fans favourite players will come to the Richmond Olympic Oval for the second annual Richmond Celebrates Hockey Day. “All things hockey under one roof” will once again be the theme for the day-long festival of every hockey activity imaginable. Kicking off the new BC Family Day long weekend, Richmond Celebrates Hockey Day will be a family-focused celebration of Canada’s greatest passion. From appearances by hockey legends to fun and interactive tests of your hockey skills to real life ice hockey, ball hockey, street hockey and more, it will be

a mammoth celebration of hockey the whole family can enjoy. The special appearance by Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur headlines this year’s event. One of the most exciting players of his era, Lafleur led the Montreal Canadiens to five Stanley Cup victories. Another highlight will be an on-ice showdown with the Vancouver Canucks Alumni team vs. the Richmond Sockeyes Alumni—one of Canada’s most successful junior hockey franchises, with numerous provincial, Western Canadian and national championships to its credit. The Vancouver Canucks Alumni team will feature many of the most popular Vancouver Canucks of the past 40 years, including members of 1994 and 1982 Stanley Cup finalists. Richmond Celebrates Hockey Day is hosted by the City of Richmond and the Richmond

Olympic Oval. Event partners include the Vancouver Airport Authority, Stuart Olson Dominion, Tim Hortons, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, River Rock Casino Resort, Japan Airlines, Urban Impact Recycling, Lehigh Hanson Materials, the Vancouver Canucks, Bossa Productions and the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Doors open at 10am until 7pm. Admission to the Richmond Olympic Oval and most activities are free. Tickets are required for the Vancouver Canucks Alumni game at 4pm. Cost is $15 and tickets can be purchased through beginning on January 14 or at the door. Partial proceeds from the Canucks-Sockeyes Alumni game

The jersey donned by the most electrifying player of an era, Montreal Canadiens legend Guy LaFleur. Photo courtesy: Richmond Oval.

will go to support Richmond KidSport. Donations of non-perishable food items for the Richmond Food Bank will be collected at the event. For more information, visit

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Free eBook to plan and organize student group trips abroad

Most teachers would agree that a well-rounded education includes not only a structured in-class curriculum, but also the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the subject matter.

Likewise, gaining international experience is highly advantageous in today’s increasingly global society. So for many educators, offering an international educational trip to their students to enrich their learning experience is highly desired. However, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to begin in the process of organizing a student group trip abroad. What types of experience will best serve the students? Which programs will provide the best support and help to facilitate the

learning process? How will students afford to participate in a trip abroad? As an international nonprofit with more than 10 years of experience organizing international volunteer trips for students and groups, United Planet has recently released a free eBook, Education Beyond Borders: Organizing a Student Group Trip Abroad, to help guide teachers through the entire planning process from start to finish. The information in the eBook is available to everyone and

includes detailed information on how to: • Start your initial research and clearly define your goals • Choose an appropriate Partner Program • Gain support for your trip • Fundraise successfully • Develop a transformative experience for students through post-trip reflection. “Leading a student trip abroad is so rewarding, for both the students and the teacher,” said United Planet’s international programs manager, Caitlin

Ferrarini. “We want to help make the entire process easy for educators to pursue, whether you’re a foreign language teacher looking to immerse your students in a language or culture, or a Nursing professor looking to provide your students with practical experience, there is applicable information for anyone interested in planning and leading an international and educational excursion.” Through international educational programs, students learn key skills such as leadership,

Travel Talk self-reliance and self-esteem, and by gaining personal insight into other cultures, learn to practice tolerance and understanding. Additionally, contact with other cultures encourages personal development and could change the way students fundamentally think about the world. Interested in organizing an educational trip abroad for your students? Download the free eBook at to learn more about travelling abroad with a group and start planning!

Argentina introduces tourist reciprocity fee Effective immediately, Canadian tourists to Argentina are required to pay a reciprocity fee if they enter any of the country’s ports of entry. Exceptions include passengers arriving on cruise ships; those entering with a Canadian passport and business, student, immigrant or other visas; and dual nationals, even when entering on a Canadian passport. Canadians travelling on regular



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EarthCam debuted the world’s first outdoor gigapixel camera, which generates billion-pixel panoramas.

EarthCam has built a reputation for creating opportunities for viewers to preview destinations in real time, through its network of webcams located at major worldwide tourist attractions. Some of the popular destinations where virtual travel has been made possible by EarthCam’s webcams include London’s Abbey Road, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, São Paulo’s Avenida Paulista and Hollywood

Boulevard in Los Angeles. Times Square continues to be the #1 location to ring in the New Year, and EarthCam’s webcams were there on December 31, capturing all the energy and excitement at this world-famous spot. In addition to delivering uninterrupted live streaming views, EarthCam’s cameras created a spectacular aerial panorama of the crowds as they partied their way to midnight.

The impressive super highdefinition panorama was captured by EarthCam’s GigapixelCam. Mounted high above the city streets, this revolutionary camera panned Times Square, capturing 27 images and stitched them together into an amazing megapixel photo. Viewers could zoom in on the interactive image for extreme detail, getting an upclose look as people got ready for the final countdown and arrival


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Virgin Atlantic reveals short-haul U.K. domestic program Last month, Virgin Atlantic outlined plans to launch a domestic flying program within the United Kingdom, starting this spring. The airline will be adding 24 domestic flights a day to its existing long-haul network. The investment in short-haul routes will cre-

ate more than 150 new jobs. Sir Richard Branson’s airline has confirmed it will take up nine of the 12 daily pairs of Heathrow slots which British Airways was forced to give up to ensure consumers have an alternative on key routes previously flown by bmi. Virgin Atlantic will focus its

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Sir Richard Branson brought his well-known showboating exploits when he launched his VancouverLondon direct service last year. Photo credit: Virgin Atlantic Digital News Agency.

from two carriers with two excellent business cases being presented to the airline. Virgin Atlantic and Aer Lingus currently operate an interline agreement and will explore opportunities for further commercial cooperation in the future. Virgin Atlantic’s domestic operation will begin with its

summer schedule from March 31, 2013, and will operate from London Heathrow Terminal 1. Round-trip fares for Virgin’s Scottish routes start at US$159. Last year, Virgin Atlantic began four-time weekly summer service from YVR to London Heathrow. Virgin service returns for 2013 with the following schedule:

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Neighbourhood Restaurant Guide Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

InternationaL TERMINAL (Before Security) • Hanami Japanese Restaurant: Dim Sum & Japanese cuisine – Departures Level 3 • Koho Restaurant & Bar: Casual dining – Departures Level 3 • Galiano Bakery & Café: Breakfast, sandwiches & pastries – Departures Level 3 • Burger King: Breakfast, burgers, salads – Arrivals Level 2 and Departures Level 3 • Flying Wedge Pizza: Pizza, salads and soups – Departures Level 3

• Fortune Wok: Asian cuisine – Departures Level 3 • Tim Hortons: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, soup – Arrivals Level 2 • Toshi Teppanyaki: Japanese cuisine – Departures Level 3 Airport South • The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill 4760 Inglis Drive. Located on the water, inside Harbour Air Seaplanes Terminal, near Vancouver Airport South. Incredible location, great food, good service & good value. Open seven days per week 11am to midnight, weekend breakfast from 9am. (604) 273-0278. • The Sideslip Café #100-5360 Airport Road South. Located at Esso Avitat. Open 6am-10:30am for breakfast and until 3pm for lunch. Serving homemade soups, sandwiches and paninis and daily specials. Fresh baked pastries, organic tea and coffee. Also serving Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Chai Tea, Frappuccino, Iced Tea and Fruit Smoothies. Take out and catering. (604) 303-7547 • Skyway Restaurant (YVR South Terminal) #118-4440 Cowley Crescent. Breakast, lunch. (604) 231-9822 OVER THE BRIDGE(S) 4 Mr. Pickwick’s Fish & Chips 8620 Granville Street, Vancouver Lunch, dinner. British pub foods and fresh seafood. Open 11am- 8:30pm. (604) 266-2340 • Shark Club 10253 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond (next to Sandman Signature Hotel). As the day progresses so does the atmosphere at Shark Club. Come for a casual lunch, happy hour drinks or catch your favourite team on our big screens. When the weekend arrives


enjoy a nice dinner and then hit the dance floor. Seven Days a week, 11am-2am. (604) 276-2609 RICHMOND Hotel Restaurants • Best Western Abercorn Inn 9260 Bridgeport Road Highlander Restaurant: Open for lunch and dinner, serving a variety of high-quality continental and world cuisine. Lunch 10:30am-2pm; dinner 5pm-9:30pm. (604) 270-7576. • Delta Vancouver Airport 1500 Cessna Drive 3 Pier 73 Restaurant: Located behind the hotel and suspended above the Fraser River in the heart of a 138-slip Marina. Great destination for casual lunch meetings, relaxed dinner gatherings, or evening drinks with friends. Kids Menu. Sunday to Thursday 11am-12am. Friday and Saturday 11am-1am (kitchen open until midnight). (604) 968-1178

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• The Fairmont Vancouver Airport (at YVR) –3111 Grant McConachie Way Jetside Bar: Offers a selection of appetizers, snacks and shared food. (604) 248.3281 Globe@YVR: Award-winning signature restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and featuring a special holiday menu. (604) 248-3281 • Sandman Signature Hotel 10251 St Edwards Drive Denny’s – breakfast, lunch, dinner. (604) 276-2853 Chop Steak Fish Bar – casual dining. (604) 276-1180 • Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel 7551 Westminster Highway • Harold’s Bistro & Bar – breakfast, lunch, dinner. Full menu of contemporary cuisine, wide selection

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7571 Westminster Highway • The American Grille—American cuisine enhanced with regional flavours. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 6am-10pm. (604) 232-2804 • The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport 3099 Corvette Way The Apron – minutes away from Vancouver International Airport & nestled on the banks of the Fraser River. For reservations, call (604) 238-2105. STEVESTON • Yokohama Teppanyaki Sushi & Steakhouse

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DOMESTIC TERMINAL (Before Security) • Starbucks: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches – Departures Level 3. • A&W: Breakfast served daily – Bacon ‘n Egger with real bacon and real eggs, hash browns, French Toast. Also, hamburgers, fries, beverages, including A&W’s famous root beer. Open 5am-10pm. Departures Level 3 • Harvey’s: Breakfast, burgers – Departures Level 3 • Jugo Juice: Juice, smoothies, wraps & paninis – Departures Level 3. • Subway: Sandwiches, salads & wraps – Departures Level 3 • Swiss Chalet: Rotisserie chicken – Arrivals Level 2 • Tim Hortons: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, soups – Arrivals Level 2 and Departures Level 3 • Toshi Teppanyaki: Japanese cuisine – Departures Level 3 • White Spot: Burgers, fresh salads, pastas, rice bowls, stir-fries, entrées from the grill and desserts – Departures Level 3 • Wok ‘N Roll: Chinese & Japanese cuisine – Departures Level 3

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Car Talk Canadian automobile journalists name top picks for 2013 The Automobile Journalists

Association of Canada (AJAC)

held its annual end-of-the-year TestFest to evaluate and award 2013 Best New vehicle awards in 12 categories.

The evaluation process for

the Canadian Car of the Year

$21,000)—Mazda3 Skyactiv Sedan • Best New Small Car (over $21,000)—Hyundai Elantra GT • Best New Family Car (under $30,000)—Honda Accord Sedan

real-world back-to-back testing

• Best New Family Car (over $30,000)—Ford Fusion Hybrid

for consumers.

• Best New Luxury Car— Cadillac ATS

Awards (CCOTY) is based on so that the results have relevance The rigorous testing pro-

gram includes driving on public roads—exactly where consumers

drive—so that the test and vote

results are relevant to potential car and truck buyers. Every member of a test team compares each vehicle in its class, back-to-back, on the same roads, under the same conditions to ensure objective evaluation.

Team members use a detailed

rating form, comprising 21 sepa-

rate evaluation parameters that

include acceleration, braking, vehicle dynamics, maneuverability and off-road capability, where

• Best New Prestige and Performance Car (over $75,000)—Porsche 911 Carrera S • Best New Sports/Perform– ance Car (under $50,000)— Ford Focus ST • Best New Sports/Perform– ance Car (over $50,000)— Porsche Boxster • Best New SUV/CUV (under $35,000)—Ford Escape 1.6L EcoBoost • Best New SUV/CUV ($35,000-$60,000)— Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T.

Best New Sports/Performance Car (over $50,000)—Porsche’s all-new Boxster is a luxurious, timeless sports car that is fun to drive.

All these vehicles also compete for the 2013 Canadian Car of the Year and 2013 Canadian Utility Vehicle (CUV) of the Year Awards. The winners of the final two categories will be announced on February 15, 2013 at the Canadian International Autoshow in Toronto.


Each parameter is rated using

a prescribed zero to ten rating scale.

Every detail, from safety fea-

Best New Luxury Car—The new Cadillac ATS was built from a clean slate and tested and perfected under the extraordinary demands of Germany’s famed Nürburgring. Base price: $35,195.

tures to cargo capacity, is thor-

oughly scrutinized, discussed and individually rated by secret ballot.

Those ballots are then

tabulated by the international

accounting firm KPMG. The

Best New Small Car (over $21,000)—The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT comes with features like Driver Selectable Steering (DSS) ,which allows you to customize your driving experience between Sport, Normal and Comfort steering modes.

results are kept confidential—

even from AJAC—until the

awards press conference wherein the category and overall winners are announced.

AJAC’s 2013 Best New Vehicles • Best New City Car—Ford Focus EV • Best New Small Car (under

Best New Small Car (under $21,000)—A starting price of $15,995, interior roominess that allows for seating up to five and first-rate steering and handling are key attributes for the Mazda3 SkyActiv Sedan.

Best New City Car—The Ford Focus EV is powered exclusively by a lithium-ion battery system. Base price: $39,995.

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