December 2016

ED Wegel Now At AVI8:


AVi8 Air Capital was formed by Ray Sisson and Ed Wegel to become the next
major aircraft leasing platform. They determined that there is a consolidation trend among the major leasing companies, and therefore the need and the opportunity for a new leasing company that can take advantage of the current aircraft finance/airline order position environment, as well as the ability to provide good solid risk adjusted current returns to investors.

AVi8 will invest strategically in a commodity of narrow body and wide body
aircraft, with good geographic and credit diversity. AVi8 will be a partner for
manufacturers by identifying and supporting new airline customers' fleet growth, and airlines by financially supporting their aircraft acquisitions and dispositions to optimize fleet efficiency, as well as other lessors by acquiring portfolios of on lease aircraft thereby enabling them to manage exposure, portfolio age, and geographic/credit/asset exposures.

The Founders are recruiting a very highly experienced team to manage the
company, initially outsourcing many of the back office functions required by
leasing companies until scale is reached. Their Team: Raymond C. Sisson, Executive Chairman, Ed Wegel, CEO and Steven Tingey, Chief Investment Officer Ray Sisson is a Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at AVi8 Air Capital. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the transport investments of Hudson Structured Capital Management. Mr. Sisson was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of AWAS from 2010-2016. At the time of Mr. Sisson’s departure, AWAS was a leading, global aviation leasing company with a fleet of over 300 aircraft worth over $12.5 billion, serving over 110 airlines in 49 countries.

Mr. Sisson served in several leadership positions at GE Capital Aviation
Services (GECAS) from 1995-2008 including SVP and General Manager for the
Middle East, Africa and Russia region. He also has served as President & CEO of Titan Aviation Leasing and as Chief Commercial Officer of SR Technics. Mr.
Sisson started his career in New York as a corporate lawyer specializing in aircraft finance. Mr. Sisson holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and a BA in Economics from Bucknell University.

Ed Wegel is a Co-Founder and the CEO of AVi8 Air Capital and has over 30
years of experience in the airline industry, investment banking and aviation
finance. He has been the architect of several major aircraft purchase orders with Boeing, Embraer and Mitsubishi Aircraft. Mr. Wegel joined AVi8 Air Capital from Eastern Air Lines Group where he was founder and served as its President and CEO.

Under his direction Eastern grew to a fleet of six modern 737-800 aircraft within months. He also led negotiations leading to the orders for 10 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and 20 new Mitsubishi MRJ-90 aircraft. Prior to Eastern, Mr. Wegel was President, CEO and a Director of Chautauqua Airlines/U.S. Airways Express. While at Chautauqua, he originated an order, and structured and raised the equity, for the acquisition of 80 Embraer aircraft.

Mr. Wegel also served as President,
COO and a Director of BWIA International Airways and was a co-founder and member of the board of directors of Atlantic Coast Airlines (United Express). Mr. Wegel began his career in investment banking and was a Vice President in the investment banking/restructuring division of Lehman Brothers where he worked on several major airline restructurings and ran Lehman's portfolio of 75 commercial jet aircraft. Mr. Wegel graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point and received his MBA in Finance from the University of Northern Colorado.

Steven Tingey’s career has focused on the transportation and energy generation distribution sectors, with an emphasis on large ticket and cross-border leasing. Prior to joining AVi8, he served as Chief Investment Officer for SKY Leasing, focused on the capital raise with the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP) and establishment of the headquarters office in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to SKY he worked in the portfolio management and trading areas of AWAS in Dublin, an aircraft leasing company backed by the private equity firm Terra Firma and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).

Steven was also a managing
director at Bank of America Leasing Ireland and acted as portfolio manager for the bank’s international aviation portfolio of over 700 aircraft. His responsibilities included serving as a marketing officer in the bank’s U.S. operations, covering origination, trading and restructuring activities for the transportation and energy leasing segments, which compromised a significant part of the overall $38 billion international lease portfolio. Steven holds a B.S. from University of Oregon and is a CFA charter holder.

Amazing Discovery…Flight Recorders Found Thirty-One Years Later - Operation Thonapa

Recap of the Expedition By Dorothy C. Gagnon, EARA Editor

 

Dan Futrell, former Airborne-Ranger, and Isaac Stoner named their Expedition after the Incan god of knowledge, “Operation Thonapa” to find the Black Box of Eastern Flight 980. They started out this trip with the goal of finding the Black Box, the Cockpit Voice Recorder and the Flight Data recorder. Finally, they did what they came to do…but is it enough I wonder?

Researching and climbing up and down mountains is not an easy task, but the one thing that keeps you going, the adrenaline that keeps driving you to move, the energy you keep trying to put into your body for another step, no stopping until you find all the pieces of what you came to do, this is what kept these researchers going. They both had a goal! Then all of a sudden…has that time arrived now? A recap of their Expedition below.

 

Day 1: They started out on day one, and found a roll of magnetic tape, maybe from a flight recorder, but also maybe home videos from someone’s luggage. They are hopeful that it is a little readable on the deteriorated roll, but time will tell. On searching the lower debris field near Mina Mesa Khala, they found two pieces of metal, both of which were significantly mangled, twisted, and scratched. Could it be from the Boeing 727 flying into the mountain at 500 mph; the metal that fell 4000 feet down from the impact site to the base of Illimani, or the natural grinding of ice and boulders that make up that living mountain?


Day 2:  They found three more pieces of metal that matched the first two — orange on one side, green on the other. Still, they’re not sure.


Day 3: The writing on the cable casing confirmed on day three that they had been finding pieces of the recorders for the previous three days. None of the other pieces of metal had writing on the outside as expected. Their search seemed endless and temperatures died down a few degrees to give some relief, but they wondered should they or shouldn’t they go on. Though their decision was to go back, they still had their work to do. Recap; re-check every item out over and over, again, and again.


Something was different, wait…this piece they just turned over was orange, just like the previous five pieces, and it had cables sticking out of it. On a plastic wrapping around the cables was the writing “CKPT VO RCDR”.  This is it! This piece confirmed that they had found what they were looking for, and that the previous five pieces located were also part of the recorders. This discovery immediately changed their spirits. They accidentally did the thing they have worked so hard to do. All six pieces of the flight recorders, plus a roll and many fragments of tape were put into a Ziploc bag. They are hopeful this tape will still hold some information that may be useful.


There is more work they have to do, but for now they have done what they set out to do: located and recovered the recorders of Eastern Airlines, Flight 980. Now they have to wait to hear of future developments that may have come out of that discovery. Did the tape have anything significant? Time will tell!


Note: More items may be seen on the story of their discovery at their website. However they have requested photos not to be shown in any news media, therefore I have not shown any of their discoveries in this article recapping their Expedition.  Visit their website for more photos at: https://operationthonapa.com/31-years-later-we-found-the-flight-recorders-786d0f9fde61#.c1yaskqxd

2016 2nd Annual Eastern Airlines Pioneers Reunion and Celebration

Friday, October 23, Saturday, & Sunday, October 24, 2016

       By Captain Neal Holland & Dorothy Cronin Gagnon


EARA President Michael Zall and Vice President, Vito Borrelli also donated and surprised us all by bringing some fantastic Airline Passes as prizes to raffle off. Bob Murphy went around and laid free Raffle tickets onto every attendee’s dinner plate.

 

Michael took photos of all the winners that received the Eara gifts that he and Vito so generously brought for the ‘free” raffle that evening.  Vito explained that according o the Airline rules EAL pensioned members only were eligible to fly. When tickets were called and Vito handed out the Airline RT Travel Passes, any non-pensioned person that was chosen won instead the “Wings of Man” Book by Vito Borrelli and Roland Moore. We were ecstatic with their generosity.


The Winners of the RT Free airline passes were: Mindy Lang F/A of the EAL Group, who gave her Jet Blue passes up to Conni Kerrigan; Beverly LaPointe - Silver Airways; Diane Mittelstaedt - West Jet Airline; Marie Borrelli, Alaska Airlines; Gail Rothrock, Frontier Airlines, Bob Thomas Alaska Airlines, and Don Gagnon, Silver Airlines. The “Wings of Man” Book was won by Omar Ensiso, Guest; Terry Pentecost of the EAL Group; Penny Jessup, Guest; and Gary Murphy, Guest.

2016 2nd Annual Eastern Airlines Reunion Dinner Banquet

 Saturday, October 24, 2016

By Captain Neal Holland and Dorothy Cronin Gagnon   

 

The Old Eastern Meets the New Eastern:

Harriet Johnston Goodman, EAL original 1955 Flight Attendant uniform, Wendy Stoll,  Mark Harding & Mindy Lang, EAL Group FA's.


A highly successful and very memorable event was held for our 2nd Annual Eastern Airlines Pioneers Reunion and Celebration at the Embassy Suites Seventeenth Street, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Former Eastern Captain and Host, Neal Holland, with Don Gagnon and me as Co-host. Neal welcomed our members.  Don is giving everyone a moment for a silent Prayer for our EAL Members who passed away and for our Military service personnel. Then Emre Martinelli, our friend in the Eastern Family, held the American flag for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

The event was honored with Eastern Retirees, their families and friends. We were also joined by our family of the EAL Group. Our own Harriet Johnston Goodman, slim as ever, looked fantastic. We were so proud to see that EAL original 1955 Eastern Airlines F/A uniform…with cap, shoes and bag! Then the F/As of the EAL Group , Wendy Stoll, Mark Harding and Mindy Lang came with their uniform and looked marvelous. 

 

A scrumptious dinner was served from a menu we chose of; Sliced Sirloin of Beef with Au Jus Sauce, Parmesan Crusted Breast of Chicken with Garlic Supreme Sauce, or a 3rd choice of Miso Glazed Salmon; vegetables, potatoes etc. complemented the entree, including the dessert of a delicious Cheesecake.

 

Captain Neal opened up the first part of our evening by introducing our Sponsor Homestead Funding, Debbie Denman & Kerry Koehler. Then Captain Neal spoke on behalf of our sponsor of the EAL Radio Show, REPA and then introduced the speakers and honored guests at the head table.

 

Conni Kerrigan, the  President of the Intl. Silverliners, is shown with her niece, Samantha Foster. The beautiful dressed lady in orchid our 92 years old former EAL F/A, and Past President of the Silverliners, Beverly Bennis. Her daughter, Patty Bennis McLean is also a former EAL F/A, and Past President of the Silverliners joined by Charles Hutchens and Cheryl Kaprezak.


The next photo is Chuck Allbright joined by Joan Gagnon Nunez and Don Gagnon. We can see Larry LaPointe in the background with Beverly, Mark, Omar Ensiso and Mindy Lang. Neal, Emre and are missing and busy getting ready for our upcoming Honoring of Vito and Captain Wilbur.


The enthusiasm and sincere congratulations and thanks were given to our 2 honored guests for their courage and fortitude to the Eastern Family. There were times during this event that the stories told brought tears flowing from every table for such emotion. Read the other articles in this issue to see all the tributes being made and honors finally given to such distinguished men. We want to thank each and every one there for sharing this honor with us and being the Eastern Family that we know and love.

June 2016 - NEWSLETTER
America by Air – Eastern Falcon Airplane


Exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum

by Dorothy C. Gagnon,

Host EAL Radio Show


Flying was new and daring in the early years of the 20th century. Traveling by airplane was rare. Airlines, airliners, airports, air routes—none of these existed. But by century's end, you could travel to almost anywhere in America by air in a matter of hours. How did this revolutionary change happen?

America by Air explores the history of air transportation in the United States and shows how the federal government has shaped the airline industry, how improvements in technology have revolutionized air travel, and how the flying experience has changed. Highlights include a Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor, Boeing 247, and DC-3 airliners; a cockpit simulation of an Airbus A320; and a nose from a Boeing 747 jumbo jet that you can enter.

 

Highlights:


Pitcairn PA-5 Mailwing


The Pitcairn PA-5 Mailwing was designed to carry air mail along the routes of the eastern United States. Efficient and economical, it helped build the route structure for what would ultimately become Eastern Air Lines.

The Mailwing NC-2895, on exhibit in this gallery, was built in 1927 and was the prototype for a series of Pitcairn mail planes. It combined a square-steel-tube fuselage with wooden wings, both covered by fabric. After it became obsolete as a mail plane, this airplane served several private owners, survived a crash, and saw use as a crop-duster. More information: Pitcairn PA-5 Mailwing or: Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor

 

May 2016 - NEWSLETTER


A new group has made the trek up Mt. Illimani to search for Flight 980.  Go to this URL address "https://operationthonapa.com/" and click the "Waliki, Waliki, mas alto"


Make you Reservations NOW for the 2nd Annual Eastern Airlines Pioneers Reunion at the Embassy Suites Ft Lauderdale - September 23rd and 24th.

 

A new group has made the trek up Mt. Illimani to search for Flight 980.  Go to this URL address "https://operationthonapa.com/" and click the "Waliki, Waliki, mas alto" https://operationthonapa.com/

April  2016 - NEWSLETTER

Article by Dorothy Gagnon   The Boeing Company is celebrating the Centennial year in 2016.  A special honor is given to them by the Museum of Flight who has an unrivaled collection of artifacts, images and documents to present their dramatic story.  During 2016, the year of its centennial which actually began January 23, the Museum of Flight is recognizing this celebration and enhancing their Exhibit with public lectures, films and other presentations that focus on Seattle and popular culture during the past century.

Obviously, the Boeing aircraft and artifacts will be highlighted throughout the Museum campus, and most galleries will offer a fun new exhibit focusing on the Company. Some displays were photos from their original office. A unique Antique Model car was sitting in front of the office giving the felling of being back in the early days


A Boeing P-26 Peashooter

The Museum's Boeing Centennial Exhibit featured in March 2016, the Boeing P-26 Peashooter which was a unique on-loan visiting artifact from the San Diego Air and Space Museum. The Speaker was Museum Docent, Bill Koch and he gave a tip-to-tail tour of this iconic 1930's fighter plane.

 

Famous Fighter Family

Boeing developed the first in a family of fighters in 1928 that would be one of their most successful designs between wars. The Model 83 was a biplane fighter that flew at nearly 170 mph (272 km/h) - considered a hot-rod performance for its day. Refined and improved versions became the Army P-12, the Navy F4B, and the Model 100 series. Nearly 600 examples of Boeing's "Fighter Family" were built. Movie stunt pilot Frank Tallman, who flew the Museum's plane, wrote that the Boeing fighters were, "nearly indestructible in flight and offered outstanding performance to execute maneuvers unknown to earlier generations of pilots."

 

"Pioneer Pullman of the Air"

Until the mid-1920s, American commercial airplanes were built for mail, not people. Boeing's Model 80, along with the Ford and Fokker tri-Motors, were a new breed of passenger aircraft. The 80 first flew in August 1928 and was working along Boeing Air Transport's route two weeks later. The 12-passenger Model 80 and the more-powerful 18-passenger 80A (re-designated 80A-1s when the tail surfaces were modified in 1930) stayed in service until 1933, when replaced by the all-metal Boeing Model 247. These are a few of the displays to give you an idea of what is shown, but there are many, many more to see.

 

Centennial Weekends

Winters at The Museum of Flight is literally sensational with lively weekend celebrations of the culture that shaped great moments in The Boeing Company. Anyone in that area is recommended to go to the Museum and go back in time traveling with live music, film, dance, performance, and tastings from each era.  The Museum schedules many lectures, airplane fly-ins, and new exhibits for the aviation enthusiasts but check on the schedule so you won’t be disappointed.  New events will be added all 2016!


George Jehn"s best seller FINAL DESTINATION: DISASTER What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines now to be a movie.  We got the good news on the radio show Monday night that a Hollywood movie producer has contracted with George to produce a movie based on his factual non-fiction book FINAL DESTINATION: DISASTER What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines.   


George, Congratulations!  The Eastern family wishes you great success and hopefully they will do another movie based on your great aviation thriller Flying To Close To The Sun.

March 2016 - NEWSLETTER


For those living in Southeast Florida join in a discussion and reading of George Jehn"s best seller FINAL DESTINATION: DISASTER What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines,

Our Book Club will be discussing George Jehn’s book. The date is April 8, 2016 from 9:30AM to about 11:15AM. The book club originally started as parents of current and former students of Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, in Miami. We now include friends and acquaintances. It will be held at the Upper School on Main Highway. If you would like to attend, please contact Carlisle Talbot for further information and reservations. Last minute reservations may be OK. We just need a head count (or “souls on board” count) so we know which venue to use, and also to get permission from the school in case there is a larger crowd. Please leave a voice mail, or text, at Carlisle’s cellphone 305-772-0624. Or email CARLISLE305@GMAIL.COM.

Remember the Stinson SM-6000b Airliner Tri-motor
March 1, 2016 Article by Dorothy Gagnon

Remember the Stinson SM-6000b Airliner Tri-motor (click hyperlink to our photo on the Eastern Aircraft page.) of 1931, and that it was airworthy at the Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida in April 2007. Well there’s an opportunity to take a flight ride if you are in anyone of the areas where the Ford Tri-Motor flights, America’s first mass produced airliner, takes off. Use the link below to check the schedule for your area; unfortunately, I don’t see Florida on their schedule as yet.

You may already be aware of this company, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) which is headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and hosts the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In & Convention every July. If not, sounds like a great thrill and an unforgettable and rare experience to fly aboard one of the few remaining airworthy Ford Tri-Motors in the world, the “Tin Goose” when it visits an airport near you! Don sure would like to take a flight!

The cost is not very expensive considering you are flying in a historic aircraft. The Ford Tri-Motor flights are $70 per adult in advance; walk-up price is $75, and $50 per child 17 and under for approximately 30 minutes, of which about 15 minutes will be in the air. See their website for more details if interested: http://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/flight-experiences/fly-the-ford-eaa-ford-tri-motor
-airplane-tour/ford-tri-motor-tour-stops.

April 2015 - NEWSLETTER

Posted on twitter at 5:48 PM - 20 Apr 2015 Eastern Air Lines @FlyEastern · US DOT today "tentatively find Eastern is a citizen of the U.S. and is fit, willing, and able to conduct interstate and foreign charter air transportation of persons, property and mail as a U.S. Certificated air carrier..." Eastern Air Lines @FlyEastern · Eastern's second flight attendant class started today. Next pilot class starts May 4.

HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2015

We all should be happy this coming year as we will see a familiar name in the air once again. The new Eastern Air Lines.  Notice it is in 3 (three) words: Eastern Air Lines.  The beautiful Boeing 737-800 delivered to the company headquartered at the Miami International Airport brought many a tear as she gracefully taxied through the arch spray of water by the fire trucks, December 19th, 2014.  Let's wish them well. 

December 2014 - NEWSLETTER


What a year we had in 2014 !!


And it's not over yet.  Happy New Year to our members now numbering over 800!  We hope you enjoyed the 52 broadcasts we brought to you in 2014. We are now going into our 5th year,  Some told us early in our history we would not last through the year.  With your support and encouragement we now enter 2015 - our 5th year.  Will we make it another year?  Only with your support can we do another 52 broadcasts.  Please tell your friends about the radio show.


Did we accomplish what we set out to do?  You bet we did! And more.  We now have the opportunity to be the booster "ambassadors" for the new Eastern with our EAL Radio Show sponsored "First Flight." This has taken off to a level we never thought would be reached.  A "sold out" aircraft with the prospects of another 150 Eastern family and friends on standby to go in the second aircraft.  We possibly could have as many as 300 Eastern family in SJU to celebrate the new airline. 


Let's all wish a very a very Happy New Year for the new carrier Eastern Air Lines.  Your Hosts of the Radio Show:


Jim Hart
Steve Thompson
Chuck Allbright
Cecile Intriago
George Jehn
Gay Harvey
Jill Cotton
Frank Segnor
Neal Holland

November 2014 - NEWSLETTER

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE !!!!!!

The Radio Show's "First Flight" is moving right along with only a few seats left.  Listen in to our Monday radio shows for the latest updates.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!  May yo
"FIRST FLIGHT" is gaining in popularity as word gets out about our proposed flight from MIA to SJU on the New Eastern Air Lines' first charter flight.  We now have one aircraft booked and working on our second.  For more details see the "First Flight" tab on this website's menu bar. 

October 2014 - NEWSLETTER

Final Destination: Disaster the new book about Eastern that has former employees reading this altogether different picture as to what really caused the airline to go under.  You'll be shocked to know the truth as told by its author, George Jehn.  The story of Eastern Flight 980 that crashed into a Bolivian mountain that has never been told will surely cause you to ask the question, WHY?  To purchase the book go to Amazon.com and search the author's name George Jehn.  You'll be glad you did.

New Eastern Air Lines "First Flight"Are you on the list?

Be on the Inaugural Flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Send you name and email to       host@ealradioshow.com   and be on this historic flight with your fellow EAL colleagues and friends.

Our Goal of 150 passengers for the new Eastern "First Flight" has been nearly reached.  If you're not on the list you might want to send email host@ealradioshow.com asap.  
September 2014 - NEWSLETTER

2014 REPA CONVENTION held in Savannah, GA September 2 - 4th. New officers elected to the Association were: Captain J.B. "Bud" Robinson - President; Captain John Steinmetz - Vice President; Captain Jerry Frost - Treasure; Captain Richard "Dick" Burnette - Secretary; Captain Jim Holder - Director at Large

Flight For Control is a book about the airline industry written by Capt. Karen Petitt.  Go to "Good Reads" on this website for details on how to order.  Karen was our radio show guest a few weeks back. 

The Skies of Eastern (The Planes We Flew) was shown during the 2014 REPA Convention. It was produced by Captain Jerry Frost and can be seen by clicking or pasting this URL address. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZf08LE9sDo&list=UUw2aM-SchxkgSOjotV6sCDg  You will be entertained.

August 2014 - NEWSLETTER

Airline Movies will be our topic for the August 4th radio broadcast.  See if any of the ones listed is on your favorite list. President Ed Wegel, President of Eastern Airlines, our guest for the August 18th radio show.  If you cannot tune in to the live broadcast, be sure to pick it up in the Archive of shows.  
July 2014 - NEWSLETTER

Happy July 4th, America !!  It's your 238th Birthday. 

Captain Karlene Petitt, interviewed during our last radio broadcast, Episode 171.  You'll be amazed at the accomplishments of one of America's first female pilots now flying International routes in a Airbus A330 aircraft.  Not only being an accomplished airman, she is an author writing both fiction and non-fiction.  Go to the Home page a click on Episode 171 in the Radio Icon. 

From the Eastern Air Transport, News Wing, 1934 (80 years ago)..... "What is the fastest transcontinental commercial flight?"

Captain Eddie Rickenbacker flew a Douglas ship carrrying express mail, and passengers from Los Angeles to Newark in thirteen hours and five minutes.
FBI Agent Interviewed in the 173rd Episode.  You'll enjoy his real life experiences as the lead investigator of the Lockerbie, Scotland Pan Am Flight 103 disaster.  Go to the Home Page and click on Episode 173 on the radio icon. 

June 2014 - NEWSLETTER

"June is busting out all over......." as the song goes.  We hope you will have a great summer and come here, to this page, for information about what's happening with the Eastern Family.

EARA Newsletter is now published every two months.  We hope you will come here for the in-between issues.  We'll try to have interesting info and facts around and about the Eastern System. 

Radio Shows still remain popular with our listeners, who come from around the world to listen in. During the summer months we have cut our on-air broadcast time to 30 minutes.  The subjects covered primarily are those about Eastern and its family.

EAL Organizations and Chapters will be covered more frequently since the EARA Newsletters are coming to you every two months.  REPA and Silverliners are published every month by these organizations. 
Do you have information about your Group?  We can cover it here on this website and on our weekly broadcasts.  Contact Us for more info regarding submitting your material. 

85 years ago - this month - C.M. Keys bought the entire capital stock of Pitcairn Aviation, Inc

Flight Engineers - the subject of Episode 168.  Great show about Eastern Flight Engineers (Second Officers) and discussion that followed.  Go to the Home Page a click Episode 168.

Peoples Express....  Back in the air again???  Those peanut beige aircraft are taking to the air again.  Learn more by Googling "Peoples Express."  In the air before Eastern????

Chapter and Organizational News.....Now that EARA publications will only be delivered every other month, we hope to fill-in information about the various EAL clubs and chapters.  Please email your news and we will post it on the Radio Show's website. 
 

March 2014 - NEWSLETTER


Lots happening this month.  Eastern Daylight Savings Time, March 9th. Let's see - spring forward with the hands of the clock.  Your webmaster will be one year older.  Spring begins March 20th.  85 years ago this month Eastern added 5 more cities to its airmail route: Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa/St Petersburg, and Macon. 


Membership of the EAL Radio Show's website now stands at 767.  Invite your friends to join us.



Remember this great workhorse?  Convair Aircraft's answer to Martin 404.  Your Webmaster, Neal first checked out as a new co-pilot on the aircraft with flight training done in MSY and Captain Justin Griener, Instructor pilot.  Truly a memorable aircraft and experience with a true "love affair" with Eastern.
February 2014 - NEWSLETTER

If you're not convinced that Eastern will be ever fly again, you need to listen to Episode 151 and hear first-hand Mr Ed Wegel tell about the exciting announcement just made in the major press and TV media as to the new Eastern Air Lines.  Go to the website home page and click Episode 151 to the the broadcast.

January 2014 - NEWSLETTER

Read the new posting of the Year-by-Year History of Eastern Airlines as recorded by the late Art Furchgott - Eastern Historian.  Go to "EAL History" page and click on Eastern History.

Listen to Episode 149 for a great radio broadcast of Weather and it's affect of airline operations.  

Will this be the year for the "rebirth" of the Great Eastern Airlines?  We hope to be getting an up date from Eastern President, Ed Wegel early this year for an update.

We need your support to keep our show and website online during the coming year.  Any donation would be greatly appreciated. 


See the "NEWS" Page for pic of the new Eastern aircraft and information just released about the airline filing with the DOT and FAA

Let's all have a SAFE, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS 2014.

Let's all think EASTERN in the air again in 2014!

Let's all listen to the EAL Radio Show in 2014!

Let's all tell someone about the "Radio Voice of Eastern Airlines" in 2014

September 2013 - Newsletter
FRAN DOWLING, of the Lake City, FL EARA Chapter sent the following URL website address that you will find interesting if you are interested in aviation history through the years up to 1982.  Copy or paste the following URL address in your address bar:  http://www.rwf2000.com/ATC/

 August radio shows have been excellent broadcasts by the hosts and the material covered - mainly Eastern Airlines.  Check them out by going to the home page on this site or www.blogtalkradio.com/capteddie and listen to Episodes 126 -129.
August 2013 - Newsletter
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July 2013 - Newsletter

40 years ago this month the Eastern Family lost its beloved leader - Captain Edward V Rickenbacker
This past Tuesday, July 23rd, 1973 ? 40 years ago, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker passed away while on a visit to Zurich, Switzerland.

 

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June 2013 - Newsletter

"June is busting out all over......."

Summer has certainly arrived as evidenced by the severe weather in the central United States.  Our prayers are with those that lost so much by these horrific tornadoes and storms.  

Hurricane season has arrived for those mainly on the Atlantic and Gulf Coast areas.  Better prepared than not prepared at all.   Consider early preparations for the safe guard of your family and possessions. 

Plan to join one of the many great organizations representing the employee groups at Eastern.  EARA, REPA, Silverliners are three who would certainly welcome your membership. 

Plan to listen to the news and events of Eastern Airlines over the "radio voice of Eastern Airlines. Plan to take part during the live broadcast.

Do you have an event that you want to get out to your fellow Eastern friends?  Send the info to us via the Contact Page and we will be sure to include it during our live radio broadcasts.

May 2013 - Newsletter

Atlanta Eastern Pilots Annual Picnic & Fly-in.


Well, our Picnic/Fly-in turned out to be just a Picnic, as the rain and clouds kept all our little airplanes in their hangars. Still though we had close to 50 EAL Types and family/friends show up. Coming the furtherest by far were Jim Kenney and John Harris, who drove over, in a downpour, from Alabama!

John Harris and Jim Kenney


Once again we were had the privilege of having our annual event in Mac and Carol McGaughey's hangar at Eagles Landing Airport, located in Williamson, Georgia. It all got started about 11:00 AM when everyone started arriving. As might be expected a lot of old friendships were renewed and some new ones made. Shortly after noon Virgil Tedder asked Lew Rabbitt to give thanks and then we lined up for another great BBQ Dinner, again arranged for by Dick Garner...


Bev Wingate likes what she sees!


After all had dined (with lots of "seconds") Virgil recognized Carol and presented her several items of appreciation, these being one of Jim Whitlock's framed prints (Eastern Convair 440) and a metal Eastern Air Lines plaque. As Carol has an extensive aviation museum in her home she promised these two items will be well displayed. She invited any wishing to do so to visit her home next door after the Picnic was over (many did!).


Virge and Carol

As was the case last year we had a large number of Door Prizes donated by several people. The lucky winners were then drawn via the red tickets each attendee got with their reservation.

Johnny Johnson..... Eastern Tote Bag
Wendy Wingate....... Dick Merrill Book (biography)
Doris Garner...... Packaged Kite (for grandkids?)
Paul Kelley........ Silver Falcons Tote Bag
Bob Burson....... Personalized Tote Bag (donated by Carol McGaughey)
Larry Nichols....... Packaged Kite (for grandkids?)
Bob Drawdy...... Soft airplane pillow
Jim Whitlock....... B-787 Model airplane
Jack Cochran, Jr..... Packaged USA Flag and pole
Pam Davis........ Silver Falcons Bag
Jay Allen........ Silver Falcons car tag frame
Bob Tyler.........  Set of small model airplanes
Jack Cochran, Sr..... Print of Eastern Connie
Don Teel........ Print of Eastern Electra
Clyde Blankenship.... Print of Eastern Convair
Marion Reed........ USA Flag for car window


Jack and his dad proudly display Jack Sr's Whitlock print of an Eastern Connie. Many Thanks to Bob Burson for the photos. Wish I could have used them all!!!!

 

April 2013 - Newsletter

AirFrance Airbus vs Boeing

Watch this Airbus vs Boeing video to see which aircraft has built in redundancy for safety.  

 

History of the Air Shuttle..
is the subject of our April 22nd radio show.  If you flew the Shuttle, we want to talk with you on the broadcast.Remember the show starts at 7:00 p.m. EST

If you can identify either
of these two Eastern Captains please contact Bill Hirsch. 

 

Greatest unsolved mystery in aviation history?

Tune in for Episode 111, on March 8th and you decide.  Remember, the departure time for our shows in at 7:00 p.m. EST  Go to the Home page to "Click In" to the program or www.blogtalkradio.com/capteddie

Sun N Fun - Lakeland, FL


April 7th - 14th was the dates for this year's annual airshow at the Linder Airport in Lakeland, FL.  If you've never been to one, you've missed a great airshow and chance to meet many of your Eastern friends who regularly attend.  Make plans for next year. What a great show about the Eastern Air Shuttle.  If you want the history of this "airline within an airline" you need to listen to Episode 113.   

March 2013 - Newsletter

The Retired Eastern Pilots Scholarship Foundation from Mrs. Ann E. Toth, widow of Captain Joe Toth. There should be other donations of $50.00 from those that have requested names from the old bronze Memorial to be mounted of the small wooden wings made by Capt. Dick Garner.


These are some of the countries listening to us .......
Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Russian Federation, Cote Divoire, United Kingdom, Republic of South Korea, Argentina, Jamaica, Trinidad, Chile, The Philippines, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Panama, Thailand, China, Saudia Arabia, Bahamas, Finland, Greece, Amsterdam, Czech Republic


85 years ago this month...
A Pitcairn Mailwing was the first airplane to clear from the Port of Philadelphia for a foreign port. It was delivered on March 16 to T.J. Tudhope, Squadron Leader of the Canadian Royal Air Force, and will be used in Canada for mapping work and possibly later will be used in air mail service. 

 

Great pics from the CLT Silverliners group:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGl4kMHMoJ0 

"Flying Too Close To The Sun is being acclaimed as a 5-star read.  Here are some comments from readers:

 
"What a great book. I could not put it down. Mr. Jehn really kept my interest. Can't wait for your next book."  MO
 
"This deftly well written book is a thrill ride, which takes you on an exciting journey of twists and turns.  The characters are so relatable and real. Seamless superb writing.  The ending an incredible surprise.
A must read for the general public as well as the seasoned aviation enthusiast." SC
February 2013 - Newsletter - Happy Valentine's Day

EAL Mystery Novelist........
will be the focus of our 104th radio broadcast.  Tune in to the interview and ask Captain George Jehn questions concerning writing a mystery novel.  Monday Feb 18th at 7:00 pm EST at www.blogtalkradio.com/capteddie


If Golf is your game....
You'll want to tune in for the radio show's Episode 105 Monday February 25th at 7:00 pm.  History, tips, music, and much more during this broadcast.


Loading the Jukebox..
is our Valentine's Day show. Listen to "Moments to Remember" and other great songs of our past. Call-in with yours.


Battle For Eastern Airlines
Fran Dowling sent this 2-Part video from PBS Frontline about the Battle For Eastern Airlines, It was filmed in 1989.  Approx playing time - 1-hour.


Want to write a novel?
You need to listen to the interview Episode 104 your radio hosts had with George Jehn. George included many tips on how to write, publish and market your book,  A must listen


"If it wasn't on a Spad, we can't have it." Capt Eddie Rickenbacker and many more great sayings and comments by Eastern people on the Historian's Page

 

Last week's Valentine's Day Broadcast a hit with our listeners.  We thought it went so well that we invite your special song request to be played and dedicated to your someone special.  Just email us your request and we'll play it during our broadcast.


Great Quotes & Quips by Eastern people....
See the "Historian's Page"

Happy New Year - January 2013 - Newsletter

Memory Lane
   was the radio broadcast New Year's Eve.  Your Hosts delivered an outstanding live performance New Year's eve - one that is worth your time listening to the archived Episode 97.

 

Can anyone help identify this EAL S/O on Connie?


If you want to know about the NEW EASTERN....
you have got to listen to Episode 100.  Mr Ed Wegel gave a wonderful presentation of the State of Eastern Airlines - past, present and future.  And it all sounds exciting.  Go to the Home Page and click on the Radio Icon Episode 100.  You'll be glad you did. 


The New Eastern?
Is this the year we see the Eastern logo once again rise like the mythical Phoenix of old? Let's hope so. The radio show will try to arrange an update interview with Eastern's president, Mr Ed Wegel in a future show. 


PHOTO ALBUM
Check the "Photo Album" page in the menu bar and shouldn't your album be there?  What a great way to show our Eastern Family of friends your past photos of Eastern days.  Maybe you have some pics taken in the Overhaul Shop, out on the flight line, in the terminal, fueling the airplanes, in the passenger cabin, in the cockpit, or just pics of your favorite Eastern airplanes.  It's easy to do and if you need help just contact us on the "Contact US" page and we'll be happy to walk you through the posting of your favorite pics.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!  GO EASTERN ! 


Pat Parker sends a great video for those of us who can identify the 1950's.  Enjoy on the Video Page.


100th Episode of the EAL Radio Show....

Eastern President, Mr. Ed Wegel was the guest of the 100th radio broadcast.  His entire message can be heard by going to the Radio Show Archive.  Don't miss the latest news about Eastern


Your Personal Photo Album.
Why not create your own photo album for your friends to see.  It's easy and you can post as many pics as you wish to display.  Look at the website's Photo Album page for ideas.  If you have problems installing let us know and we'll see if we can help.
The best tails I've ever seen!

 

Can you help identify these two in a Connie?

December 2012 Newsletter
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November 2012 Newsletter

REPA Convention...
Hilton Head, SC will be the venue for this year's Convention
Nov. 11th - 14th are the dates.  If you're in the area drop in and we're sure you will find someone you know to talk to.  It's at the Westin Hilton Resort Hotel. 


Need to place pictures on the website?.....

Go to your profile and click on the Photos tab and download your pictures.  You can even arrange them with your favorite picture being the album cover.  It's easy to do and if you have problems call Neal and he will walk you through the steps.  They automatically appear on your member page and on the Photo Album page.

 

Episode 92 "An FAA Checkride
Even though it's just a skit, it's very realistic in how the rating check ride is conducted. In Episode 93 the flight simulator phase will be the subject of our show.

 

First Radio Show of November
will be our 90th broadcast.  We are looking forward to another 90.  Would you be interested in joining out host/cast?  Please contact us.


REPA Convention Notes

I just returned (Nov 14th) from the REPA Convention in Hilton Head, SC and at the beautiful Westin Hilton Resort & Spa.Captain Bob Drawdy, REPA President, and his lovely wife (First Lady) Kitty graciously hosted the 42nd Annual Convention.  

Members and Guests enjoyed the many amenities offered by the hotel and were entertained in the Gazebo Room by a great selection of photos and movies put to gether by Captain Jim Gardner, the Convention Chairman. 


Next year's convention will be held in Charleston, SC at the Francis Marion Hotel in September 

October 2012 Newsletter

Photos Tab on Member Profiles We’re pleased to announce the launch of the Photos Tab on Member Profiles! This feature shows the photos that a member has uploaded, right on their profile. It’s a great way to quickly see what a member has added to your site. 


Here's how it works: Click on the "Photo Albums" at the top of the page selection bar. Click on Add (Post) Photos. This will take you to Name of Album. If you want to call it "John & Mary's EAL Photos" (Example) do it in the "New Category" box. Now start uploading and describing your photos. They will appear on the "Photo Albums" page and also in your Member Profile. If someone goes to your member page they can click on "Photos" and see what you have posted.


It's pretty cool as the "yutes" would say.

 

Conventions & Picnics:
REPA (Pilots) - Nov 11th - 14th
   Hilton Head, SC
EARA (All) Picnic November 9th
   Pimbroke Pines, FL
Details see the Convention Page


Old Time Radio......
The radio crew is presenting old-time radio like we use to listen to when we were younger - at least some of us.  Of course it's all about Eastern as we travel through the decades of EAL history.  Lots of old-time music, news, radio programs, and events are scattered throughout the show.  Episode 86 is about the 1960's and 1970's. Tune in and let us know what you think about the series.


A List of Countries listening....
to our radio broadcasts: Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Russian Federation, Cote Divoire, United Kingdom, Republic of South Korea, Argentina, Jamaica, Trinidad, Chile, The Philippines, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Panama, Thailand, China, Saudia Arabia, Bahamas, Finland, Greece, Amsterdam, Czech Republic, Guatemala, Israel, Costa Rica, Lithuania, Taiwan 

 

"Weird or What"......
This made for TV William Shatner show is available to view on the "Videos" link at the top of the page and has become popular with our members. If you haven't seen it we think you will enjoy the 20 or so minutes. It's about Flight 401.


Wanted!  Flight Attendant Instructor for Flight Attendant Training Academy.  Training taught in Ft Lauderdale and Atlanta.  You must have been in the training department of an air carrier and knowledgeable with the F/A curriculum accepted by the FAA.  You must be living in or near these two cities.  Retired flight attendants encouraged to apply.  Send resume to nealfata@gmail.com

September 2012 Newsletter

William Shatner's "Weird or What? "
Two former Eastern employees, Capt Neal Holland and Flight Attendant Enid Grigg are interviewed for this made for TV's Discovery Channel.  You can see the video of the broadcast minus commercials on this website. Go to the "Videos" Page.  Email us your thoughts.WARNING !  It contains Ghost Stories.


Twitter the NEW Eastern..
Mr Ed Wegel has a great twitter page. Go to @FlyEastern  Ed would love to hear from you.


EAL Old Time Radio.....
EAL Old Time Radio Shows!   Join us for a "trip through the decades."  From excitement to tears! Get ready for the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and into the present.  EAL Old Time Radio takes you through not only events of the period such as the News, Music, Radio & TV commercials, but even what was the popular shows of those days.  Of course we weave into each show what was happening at Eastern Airlines.


A List of Countries listening....
to our radio broadcasts: Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Russian Federation, Cote Divoire, United Kingdom, Republic of South Korea, Argentina, Jamaica, Trinidad, Chile, The Philippines, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Panama, Thailand, China, Saudia Arabia, Bahamas, Finland, Greece, Amsterdam, Czech Republic, Guatemala, Israel, Costa Rica.

 

GUESS THE CLASS HIRE DATE?


August Radio Listeners
Our weekly average of listeners to the radio show this month is 1242
We're being heard around the world!


Airline Radio Talk Show..
can be listened to right here on this website.  Just go to the Home Page and click "play" on the right radio icon.  To call-in on the Sunday afternoon show call: 347-996-5541.

August 2012 Newsletter

Check out our baby sister radio show......
We're live on the air every Sunday at 6:30 p.m.   Go to the home page on this website and click to listen. You can listen to any of the previous shows by clicking on the Episode.  We are into our 8th Episode Sunday August 5th. 

Lived or worked in Miami with Eastern?
You'll not want to miss our Monday Radio Show at 7:00 p.m.
All about Eastern in the early days. Gice us a cal and let us know your memories of Miami


Eastern 80 years ago......
Meet your Hostess
Miss Alice West, another of the flying hostesses of Eastern Air. She regularly flies between the North and South in the big multi-engined, radio-equipped Curtis Condors of this company, the largest land planes in regular use in the United States. Miss West has traveled many thousands of miles over this organized airway, and a  considerable number pf air travelers point her out as "my hostess." Her family connections are most interesting, her mother being a direct descendent of John Hancock and a relative of Martha Curtis, wife of George Washington. Her father, who is manager of several of New York's most prominent hotels, including the Oliver Cromwell, Fifth Avenue, Whitehall, Parkside and the Hotel White, is a direct descendant of Lord Cornwallis West. Miss West is a graduate of Rosemont College.


NEW MEMBERS:
July & August the following joined the EAL Radio Show website:
Jim Mazzarese - FLL; John Ruths - PHL; Tana Thomas - ATL; Ed Helfin - ATL; Debra Owen - DTW; Carlos Rosado Talavere - TPA; Melanie Spanier - MIA; Ed Furmanick - TPA; James Sorrell - TPA; Furman Thomas - TPA; Barbara Bukata - USA; Carlos Rosa - SEA; Gary - SEA; Kerry Meissner - CHIRR; Tom Grant - Ajijic, Mexico


Membership Dues.....
Our new policy for membership is to collect a fee of $10 prior to activating membership. All new subscribers to the website will need to register and pay either online or mail a $10 activation fee.  Current members need not pay this fee. However, we will take donations by going to the Home page and pledging your donation.


Mail Address is:
EAL Radio Show, Inc
145 Hilden Rd.
Suite 115
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081


Margaret Barrs, aka Luanne 

Can you tell us the plane and terminal?  Correct answer receives an Eastern Gift.

Episode 77 - Old Miami


Your hosts and callers had a great time renewing memories of Eastern's southern hub - Miami and surrounding areas. Enjoy the discussion about memories of first training as a new hire. Check it out. It's in the archive - go to Home page of this website and click Episode 77.

 

Weird or What.....
We have posted the TV film that was done late last year by the William Shatner Group for the Discovery broadcast of the show Weird or What.  I think you will find it interesting to watch.  As you recall, they asked for our help to locate anyone having seen the "ghost of 401."  The result can be viewed here on the website.


"The New Voice of our Airline"
is our new tagline.  Timely information to the Eastern Family on a daily "need to know" basis.  News and information provided immediately !!  On the web and on the radio.

   

 

July 2012 Newsletter
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June 2012 Newsletter
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May 2012 Newsletter

80 years ago this month......... 

     First Flight Passenger tells his reactions.....

John Gill, treasurer of the Gill Leather Company, of Salem, Mass flew from Atlanta to Miami via Eastern Air Transport on his first air trip recently. He made notes of his observations on the flight, and presented them to the air transport company.  They are a valuable description of the reactions of a first-flight passenger, and the company is having each of its pilots and traffic men read them
   "One other thing I would like to mention," wrote Mr. Gill, "is the extraordinary care taken by Eastern Air Transport for the safety and comfort of its passengers, and above all the courteous and gentlemanly attention given by their pilots and staff wherever encountered."


    First Air Trip Is Delightful..... writes Alice B. Sanger.  My First Flight! Such a Flight, and such a thrill!!  Both were continuous from Washington to Miami, 1023 miles in 9 hours and 20 minutes flying time, through and over clouds, around forest fires, as well as the sights of the wide countryside spread out like irregular patch-work quilts, with the various streams looking like trees without foliage; automobiles were just little creeping things and people were specks.  Then the coast line of Florida spread along with its waves of white threads, and Miami came all too soon.

 
    Air Pockets......Many people still believe that vacuums in the air exist, and that when a plane bumps slightly as it flies along it has "struck and air pocket." But nature abhors a vacuu, and such a thing as an air pocket is a physical impossibility.  In the early days of flying, these "bumps" were thought to be holes in the air, but it now is known that the slight irregularities of flight are caused by vertical air currents or horizontal gusts.  


Sunrise At Eastern.... the movie
is now playing on the Videos page on this website.

                   

   You've got to listen to Episode 64........

Broadcast this past Monday.  Our skit of starting a New Eastern Airlines was fun delivering, but the unexpected call from Mt Ed Wegel, the President of Eastern Airlines, Inc held the attention of the hosts and listeners glued to all the latest about the company. Mr Wegel told us about where the new start-up is today and what has happened in the past two years. He basically laid out some of their business plan and it brought about optimism that we will once again see the Eastern brand in the air.  Tune in the archived Episode 64 to see where the initial intended routes Eastern will be serving. 


A host-led tribute to Mr Floyd Hall   Mr Floyd D. Hall,  April 4, 1916 to April 26, 2012 followed our chat with Ed Wegel.  

April 2012 Newsletter

Mr Floyd Hall Passes Away...

It is with sadness to report that Floyd Hall passed away yesterday. Right to the end, he had great recall of events and people involved in matters Eastern. I was last with him Sunday. As he faded in and out of sleep, he apologized for not having a good day, yet he was animated when speaking about some of his old colleagues. He had a great love for the Eastern Airlines family saying on more than one occasion that his years with Eastern were the best of his career.


May he rest in peace. 


Paul Bousquet

Floyd Halls 96th Birthday

April 4th is Mr Floyd Hall's 96th birthday.  He would love to receive a birthday card from his Eastern Family. Send cards and letters to:


Mr Floyd Hall
Mertens House
73 River Street
Woodstock, VT 05091


How to tune in the radio show ......

Go to:  www.blogtalkradio.com/capteddie

When the show is on live it will show a red "On Live Now" banner and the online show will be the first show they see on your page, you don't need an account to listen to shows but if you want to chat then you will need an account to chat, there is a link for you to register right below the chat room if you want to chat. See this show for an example of a live show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/freedomizerradio

Actually, we will broadcast a Toll Free number during the broadcast that you can use to call in live.  

 

Tributes to Floyd Hall...

If you would like to pay tribute to Mr Floyd Hall, please go to the Logbook Page on this site and enter your thoughts.


 We're starting up Eastern Airlines..........

Enjoy our radio show Episode 64 when an Investor decides to fund the New Eastern. Hear how its done!  Monday April 30th at 7:00 p.m. 


Membership Dues.....

We hope you will send in your membership support of $10.00.  We have so much to offer our members with the website and radio broadcast we hope to continue offering. You can send your check to:


EAL Radio Show, Inc
145 Hilden Rd., Suite 115
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081


Guess Who.....

We will present a "Guess Who" photo each month. The first person identifying the mystery individual for that month will receive an Eastern memorabilia gift. Try out this month's Mystery Photo.  

 

Titan of Airline Industry Celebrates 96th Birthday

Please enjoy the article by our newest Radio Show member, Paul Bousquet. It's a tribute to Mr Floud Hall.  Go to the Hall of Fame page on this website under the picture of Mr. Hall


We've just lost our third engine......

the L-1011 Captain tells Miami Center.  Listen in this Monday April 23rd to a remarkable flight that would have been a major tragedy for Eastern Airlines, until Fate deals another card to the crew and passengers. You'll be spell bound as you listen to the crew and controllers try to prevent disaster. 


700th Member is now on-board......

Welcome, Bill Woods to the Website and Radio Show.  You're the 700th Member.  Bill's profile reads that he was a pilot with Eastern based in Boston and NYC.  Those knowing Bill might want to drop him a note through the website.


Radio Episodes.....
Are now listed on the Radio Episodes page on this website. You may want to listen to a show you missed by going to our archive and clicking that particular Episode.  Go to the Home page and click on the radio listings and enjoy the show at your leisure


We're nearing our 700th Radio Club Member. 


Recruit a new member this month and receive an Eastern memorabilia gift. Make sure you send us your contact info so that we know where to send your gift.

Look at who is listening to our radio show:


Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Russian Federation, Cote Divoire, United Kingdom, Republic of South Korea, Argentina, Jamaica, Trinidad, Chile, The Philippines, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Panama, Thailand, China, Saudia Arabia, Bahamas, Finland, Greece, Amsterdam, Czec

March 2012 Newsletter

How to pay your 2012 dues


You can go to the Home Page and click on the Donation Icon and pay by credit card or PayPal.  Or, if you prefer the old fashioned way then go to the Documents Page and print the Membership Application Form and mail to the address shown. 


March 31st Cut-off for dues
We feel its not fair to allow a few to keep the website and radio show alive so we intend to turn off the access to the site for those not paying their dues by March 31st. Its only $10.00!


All of Eastern's Aircraft
Our radio show will be an historical accounting of all Eastern's aircraft from its beginning days until it ceased operations.  Tune in March 19th at 7:00 p.m. go to:  www.ealradioshow.com


Member Donates...
We just received from member Scott Ennis CD copies of very old music Eastern used in many of its commercials.  Also performing on this CD is the talent of several Eastern employees at various Eastern cities.  We will try to Pos Cast the music, but you will be able to tune in to our radio show and hear them on the air.  Thanks to Scott for sending this for the enjoyment of the Eastern Family.


So much available 
On this website for our members.  Explore the many pages at the top of the page and you will find yourself coming back to the website for the all your Eastern family news and updates.  Travel, photos, videos, memorials, history, humor, promote your business and much more will be found on this site.  Its yours to enjoy and participate in.


Airline Graveyard
If you missed the radio show March 12th you need to listen to the Episode 59 now in the archive.  Great information about airlines no longer flying our skies.

 

Membership Dues.....
Are needed to keep the website and radio show coming to you. We feel the $10.00 annual fees fair for the information made available to all interested in hearing Eastern news, stories, videos, music etc.  We plan to switch off members who have not paid 2012 dues at the end of March.  We hope you will want to continue receiving ALL the Eastern news through the website and Radio.


March 5th Radio Show.... 
This show is the conclusion of a two-part series that takes the Radio Flight Crew to San Juan, Puerto Rico. We hope you will join us at 7:00 p.m. when we depart from the Gate.


You've got to see this Video:

Sent to us from Manny Comacho. Copy and paste this URL address into your browser and you will really be entertained by the old gal - DC7B and it's famouse pilots. GO: (Paste this address) http://marcbrecy.perco.neuf.fr/DC&.html


February 2012 Newsletter
 
June 2012 Newsletter
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May 2012 Newsletter

80 years ago this month......... 

     First Flight Passenger tells his reactions.....

John Gill, treasurer of the Gill Leather Company, of Salem, Mass flew from Atlanta to Miami via Eastern Air Transport on his first air trip recently. He made notes of his observations on the flight, and presented them to the air transport company.  They are a valuable description of the reactions of a first-flight passenger, and the company is having each of its pilots and traffic men read them
   "One other thing I would like to mention," wrote Mr. Gill, "is the extraordinary care taken by Eastern Air Transport for the safety and comfort of its passengers, and above all the courteous and gentlemanly attention given by their pilots and staff wherever encountered."


    First Air Trip Is Delightful..... writes Alice B. Sanger.  My First Flight! Such a Flight, and such a thrill!!  Both were continuous from Washington to Miami, 1023 miles in 9 hours and 20 minutes flying time, through and over clouds, around forest fires, as well as the sights of the wide countryside spread out like irregular patch-work quilts, with the various streams looking like trees without foliage; automobiles were just little creeping things and people were specks.  Then the coast line of Florida spread along with its waves of white threads, and Miami came all too soon.

 
    Air Pockets......Many people still believe that vacuums in the air exist, and that when a plane bumps slightly as it flies along it has "struck and air pocket." But nature abhors a vacuu, and such a thing as an air pocket is a physical impossibility.  In the early days of flying, these "bumps" were thought to be holes in the air, but it now is known that the slight irregularities of flight are caused by vertical air currents or horizontal gusts.  


Sunrise At Eastern.... the movie
is now playing on the Videos page on this website.

                   

   You've got to listen to Episode 64........

Broadcast this past Monday.  Our skit of starting a New Eastern Airlines was fun delivering, but the unexpected call from Mt Ed Wegel, the President of Eastern Airlines, Inc held the attention of the hosts and listeners glued to all the latest about the company. Mr Wegel told us about where the new start-up is today and what has happened in the past two years. He basically laid out some of their business plan and it brought about optimism that we will once again see the Eastern brand in the air.  Tune in the archived Episode 64 to see where the initial intended routes Eastern will be serving. 


A host-led tribute to Mr Floyd Hall   Mr Floyd D. Hall,  April 4, 1916 to April 26, 2012 followed our chat with Ed Wegel.  

April 2012 Newsletter

Mr Floyd Hall Passes Away...

It is with sadness to report that Floyd Hall passed away yesterday. Right to the end, he had great recall of events and people involved in matters Eastern. I was last with him Sunday. As he faded in and out of sleep, he apologized for not having a good day, yet he was animated when speaking about some of his old colleagues. He had a great love for the Eastern Airlines family saying on more than one occasion that his years with Eastern were the best of his career.


May he rest in peace. 


Paul Bousquet

Floyd Halls 96th Birthday

April 4th is Mr Floyd Hall's 96th birthday.  He would love to receive a birthday card from his Eastern Family. Send cards and letters to:


Mr Floyd Hall
Mertens House
73 River Street
Woodstock, VT 05091


How to tune in the radio show ......

Go to:  www.blogtalkradio.com/capteddie

When the show is on live it will show a red "On Live Now" banner and the online show will be the first show they see on your page, you don't need an account to listen to shows but if you want to chat then you will need an account to chat, there is a link for you to register right below the chat room if you want to chat. See this show for an example of a live show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/freedomizerradio

Actually, we will broadcast a Toll Free number during the broadcast that you can use to call in live.  

 

Tributes to Floyd Hall...

If you would like to pay tribute to Mr Floyd Hall, please go to the Logbook Page on this site and enter your thoughts.


 We're starting up Eastern Airlines..........

Enjoy our radio show Episode 64 when an Investor decides to fund the New Eastern. Hear how its done!  Monday April 30th at 7:00 p.m. 


Membership Dues.....

We hope you will send in your membership support of $10.00.  We have so much to offer our members with the website and radio broadcast we hope to continue offering. You can send your check to:


EAL Radio Show, Inc
145 Hilden Rd., Suite 115
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081


Guess Who.....

We will present a "Guess Who" photo each month. The first person identifying the mystery individual for that month will receive an Eastern memorabilia gift. Try out this month's Mystery Photo.  

 

Titan of Airline Industry Celebrates 96th Birthday

Please enjoy the article by our newest Radio Show member, Paul Bousquet. It's a tribute to Mr Floud Hall.  Go to the Hall of Fame page on this website under the picture of Mr. Hall


We've just lost our third engine......

the L-1011 Captain tells Miami Center.  Listen in this Monday April 23rd to a remarkable flight that would have been a major tragedy for Eastern Airlines, until Fate deals another card to the crew and passengers. You'll be spell bound as you listen to the crew and controllers try to prevent disaster. 


700th Member is now on-board......

Welcome, Bill Woods to the Website and Radio Show.  You're the 700th Member.  Bill's profile reads that he was a pilot with Eastern based in Boston and NYC.  Those knowing Bill might want to drop him a note through the website.


Radio Episodes.....
Are now listed on the Radio Episodes page on this website. You may want to listen to a show you missed by going to our archive and clicking that particular Episode.  Go to the Home page and click on the radio listings and enjoy the show at your leisure


We're nearing our 700th Radio Club Member. 


Recruit a new member this month and receive an Eastern memorabilia gift. Make sure you send us your contact info so that we know where to send your gift.

Look at who is listening to our radio show:


Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Russian Federation, Cote Divoire, United Kingdom, Republic of South Korea, Argentina, Jamaica, Trinidad, Chile, The Philippines, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Panama, Thailand, China, Saudia Arabia, Bahamas, Finland, Greece, Amsterdam, Czec

March 2012 Newsletter

How to pay your 2012 dues


You can go to the Home Page and click on the Donation Icon and pay by credit card or PayPal.  Or, if you prefer the old fashioned way then go to the Documents Page and print the Membership Application Form and mail to the address shown. 


March 31st Cut-off for dues
We feel its not fair to allow a few to keep the website and radio show alive so we intend to turn off the access to the site for those not paying their dues by March 31st. Its only $10.00!


All of Eastern's Aircraft
Our radio show will be an historical accounting of all Eastern's aircraft from its beginning days until it ceased operations.  Tune in March 19th at 7:00 p.m. go to:  www.ealradioshow.com


Member Donates...
We just received from member Scott Ennis CD copies of very old music Eastern used in many of its commercials.  Also performing on this CD is the talent of several Eastern employees at various Eastern cities.  We will try to Pos Cast the music, but you will be able to tune in to our radio show and hear them on the air.  Thanks to Scott for sending this for the enjoyment of the Eastern Family.


So much available 
On this website for our members.  Explore the many pages at the top of the page and you will find yourself coming back to the website for the all your Eastern family news and updates.  Travel, photos, videos, memorials, history, humor, promote your business and much more will be found on this site.  Its yours to enjoy and participate in.


Airline Graveyard
If you missed the radio show March 12th you need to listen to the Episode 59 now in the archive.  Great information about airlines no longer flying our skies.

 

Membership Dues.....
Are needed to keep the website and radio show coming to you. We feel the $10.00 annual fees fair for the information made available to all interested in hearing Eastern news, stories, videos, music etc.  We plan to switch off members who have not paid 2012 dues at the end of March.  We hope you will want to continue receiving ALL the Eastern news through the website and Radio.


March 5th Radio Show.... 
This show is the conclusion of a two-part series that takes the Radio Flight Crew to San Juan, Puerto Rico. We hope you will join us at 7:00 p.m. when we depart from the Gate.


You've got to see this Video:

Sent to us from Manny Comacho. Copy and paste this URL address into your browser and you will really be entertained by the old gal - DC7B and it's famouse pilots. GO: (Paste this address) http://marcbrecy.perco.neuf.fr/DC&.html


February 2012 Newsletter

Do you need EAL Memorabilia? We have many great items for your luncheons.  Contact us at host@ealradioshow.com

February, 1932 - 80 years ago..
[The] Present flying equipment of Eastern Air Transport consists of six Curtiss Condors of 18-passenger capacity each; 14 Curtiss Kingbirds of 6-passenger capacity each; 1 Ford Tri-motor of 14-passenger capacity; 18 Pitcairn Mailwings of 500-pound capacity each and five Pitcairn Mailwings of 1,000-pound capacity each.

New Members:
Welcome to our new members who have joined our Radio Club:


New Video Now Playing on the website's Video page.  It's an historical clip of the very first use of the Sperry Autopilot.  Clip submitted by Bill Hirsch.


Episode 53 has to be one of our best. Go to the Radio Show Archive and listen to a great interview with My Charlie Simons during our flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas.


Mr Floyd Hall would like to hear from you. He is approaching 96 this year and lives in Vermont.  You may send him a card at this address:


Mr. Floyd Hall
Mertens House
73 River Street
Woodstock, VT 05091


Note:  We would like to know who the Eastern group taking Mr Hall a Dell Laptop computer recently.  What a generous thing to do.  He was so happy to receive it.


Look at who is listening to our radio show:


Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Russian Federation, Cote Divoire, United Kingdom, Republic of South Korea, Argentina, Jamaica, Trinidad, Chile, The Philippines, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Panama, Thailand, China, Saudia Arabia, Bahamas, Finland, Greece, Amsterdam  


Episode 54 will be broadcast Monday, February 6th at 7:00 pm. We're operating a charter flight to Mexico City and you'll want to be on board.


Got a business card to place on our website?

Send a business card and we'll scan it and put it under the Members BizCards.  Good way to advertise your services.  And its FREE.


February, 1932 - 80 years ago..
Ownership..... Eastern Air Transport is owned by North American Aviation, an operating company, which also owns the Sperry Gyroscope Co., B/J Aircraft Co., Ford Instrument Co., and other companies allied with aviation. As a member of this group Eastern Air Transport has some of the finest engineering and manufacturing ability at its service.


Mr. Floyd Hall on the Radio Show


Our Episode 56 on the air Monda, Feb 20th - Presidents Day is appropriate for us to interview Mr Floyd Hall, Eastern's Prescient for 15 years.

Tune in and Call in at 7:00 p.m.  


January 2012 Newsletter


Our January 2nd Radio Show
is called "Some Inner Goodness"
We hope you enjoy this true story and will share your thoughts for the coming year. Please join us by tuning in on the Home page of this site Monday, January 2nd at 7:00 p.m.  This will be our 50th production. 

Eastern's First Rooftop Airmail Service

Bill Hirsch, sent us a color video of Eastern's first rooftop airmail flight. Captain John Miller is at the controls from the top of the U.S. Postal Service building to the Camden Airport. Take time to see this great (quality) video. Thanks, Bill


Vice President of American Airlines interviewed on our show January 9th.  You can listen to the archived show Episode 51 to hear a very interesting chat with Capt Warren RauHofer

Karen Backman Donation


Karen has shipped many Eastern memorabilia items for our web store and as gifts for members. Please check the many items available and more will be added soon.  Purchases made will help keep the Radio Show on-air and also shared with the Scholarship Foundation. 


EASTERN Organizations (EARA, REPA, SILVERLINERS and all others).... Do you need items to use as door prizes?  We can help you out.  Call and tell us your needs. Here are a few items in our inventory:


cocktail glasses, coffee cups, stainless steel utensils, fine China from our famous restaurant flights, linen, playing cards, golf tees, pictures, postcards and much more. 


Diane Hicks left a new comment for you on The EAL Radio Show.

"Your gift to the Eastern family and its progeny, is priceless. Thank you so much" January, 1932 – Twelve young women fly as hostesses in planes of Eastern Air Transport – and over 5,000 aspirants are after their jobs.  It seems to Mrs. Anne Porter Cullum, who heads the hostess department, that every young lady between 21 and 25 years of age wants to become a flying hostess, and those that haven’t written letters have gotten some influential person to write or phone.
            “There used to be an idea that women wouldn’t fly in airplanes,” said Mrs. Cullum, “but I know better. When we first began, the hostess service letters were received from all over the United States. Recently we put our big Condors on the long runs to Atlanta and Jacksonville, and now a new flood of applications are coming in. Of course, I add new hostesses from time to time, but I couldn’t begin to care for all who apply.”
           

Mrs. Cullum, whose office is in the passenger terminal of Eastern Air Transport at Newark Airport, declared that most of the applicants seemed to be of the type desired by the airline.  And most of them, too, seem to realize that there is considerable work in connection with the job, but are willing to work for the privilege of flying.


EASTERN Organizations (EARA, REPA,


 Eastern Air Transport 80 years ago:


January, 1932 – Twelve years ago (Captain) Walter Shaffer, passenger pilot for Eastern Air Transport, was carrying passengers aloft on short hops for $1-a-minute. This month he heard from a woman who flew with him then and who still has the receipt bearing his signature - $15 for 15 minutes.  She congratulated him for making good in aviation and remarked that she little realized that some day one would be able to fly from New York to Washington for less than she paid for a flight around a field.

January, 1932 – Eastern Air Transport now has nearly 500 people on its payrolls, and owns 46 airplanes ranging from the huge deluxe 18-passenger Curtiss Condors to the small, swift, night-flying airmail craft.
          

The Eastern territory has given remarkable support to air transport facilities, and with the greatest year in its history drawing to a close is every reason for optimism for 1932.


January, 1932 – Miss Doris Frost, hostess on an Eastern Air Transport airliner, played a game of bridge with a princess recently without realizing her partner’s status.  The princess from Italy, was a passenger on the craft from New York to Washington.


SILVERLINERS and all others).... Do you need items to use as door prizes?  We can help you out.  Call and tell us your needs. Here are a few items in our inventory:

cocktail glasses, coffee cups, stainless steel utensils, fine China from our famous restaurant flights, linen, playing cards, golf tees, pictures, postcards and much more. 


Diane Hicks left a new comment for you on The EAL Radio Show.
"Your gift to the Eastern family and its progeny, is priceless. Thank you so much


Angel Flight Video


Don't miss this beautifully done video done in tribute to our fallen military heroes.  Sent to us by Fran Dowling.  Go to the Video Page to view.

EALRS Directors

Go to our new page About Us and see our new Board of Directors.  


Mr. Charlie Simons


Monday, January 30th, Episode 53 we interview Mr. Charlie Simons, VP Finance, Eastern Airlines. Join us and Charlie for our flight to Las Vegas of Flight 53. We push from the Gate at 7:00 p.m.


Look at who is listening to our radio show:
Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Russian Federation, Cote Divoire, United Kingdom, Republic of South Korea, Argentina, Jamaica, Trinidad, Chile, The Philipines, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Panama, Thailand, China, Saudia Arabia. 


Membership Dues
By now you have probably been notified or heard of our change from FREE membership to a modest dues amount of $10. This was made necessary to continue on for another year since donation gifts were not enough to support our expenses in giving this website and the radio broadcasts.  We hope you will continue your support for both projects of love for our airline.  One of the major Eastern websites has discontinued and we intend to stay around through 2012 and beyond.  Want you help us?  Dues can be paid on the home page using the "Donation" button.  Any extra for the "Kitty" will be appreciated.

You may also pay your dues the old fashioned way: The US Mail.

Go to the Document Page on this website and print out the Membership Form, fill out and send to address shown. 

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