Pitt Meadows Noise Abatement Procedures Implemented

In response to growing noise complaints, nighttime noise abatement procedures and restrictions have been implemented at Pitt Meadows airport (CYPK), located adjacent to the Fraser River in Metro Vancouver.

In the five-year period beginning January 1, 2015, the airport received 271 noise complaints, many of which were lodged during the night. The new procedures and restrictions are applicable only during night operations at CYPK, even though some complaints were related to overflights.

In a presentation made to Pitt Meadows’ city council on July 14, airport manager Guy Miller presented a study 18 months in the making. Using a number of slides showing traffic patterns at and around the airport, Miller explained the complex nature of the region’s airspace, which lies under Vancouver Terminal Class C airspace and is hemmed in from the north by the Coast Mountain range and to the south, east and west by the airspace of other airports.

Shaded areas indicate high concentration of training flights.

Last year CYPK saw 144,000 aircraft movements, making it the 12th busiest airport in Canada. The number has been growing as flight school activity has increased. Although there was a pause in training activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, flights are picking up again. Aggravating the situation is the continued urbanization of the Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge area.

Miller, contacted by eFlight, explained that he’s finding a good level of cooperation among the airport users which, in addition to flight schools, includes numerous helicopter companies and floatplane operators.

“Once I explained to them the nature of the problem, they willingly made adjustments,” said Miller.

Among the changes listed for CYPK in the latest edition of the Canada Flight Supplement (CFS) are a graphical depiction of the noise-sensitive areas to avoid, the designated traffic circuit patterns to follow according to the runway in use, and the times specific runway restrictions are in place, both when the control tower is open and when it is closed. Exceptions to the restrictions can be arranged on a PPR basis.

Given that many of the noise complaints were generated during daytime hours as well, pilots are advised to minimize their noise impact over sensitive areas when safe to do so to avoid the introduction of further restrictions, unless otherwise instructed by ATS.

Check the current CFS for further details.

Image credits: Pitt Meadows Regional Airport

North Bay Airport Scrambles for Funds

Air Canada’s announcement that they are pulling out of North Bay, Ontario’s Jack Garland airport (CYYB) is devastating news for the airport and the local economy, according to the North Bay city council.

“The North Bay airport is an essential part of the economic infrastructure of the City of North Bay,” said city councillor Chris Mayne. “City council is determined to do everything we can to maintain it as a sustainable operation and work towards seeing service levels return to historic levels as soon as conditions permit.”

Without revenue generated from the suspended passenger flights, the city is having to commit up to $200,000 per month to keep it open. Said Mayne, “Without support from other levels of government, without trying to come to some sort of agreement with Air Canada…North Bay could face having to look at closing the airport.”

“We have 700 plus jobs dependent on the airport,” said North Bay mayor Al McDonald. “If business doesn’t hear that we are going to keep the airport open, those 700 jobs would leave our community.”

At a council meeting Tuesday evening (July 21), city staff recommended that the city organize local businesses to lobby both the federal and provincial governments to step in with funding. They also recommended that up to $1.5 million be found internally, if necessary, to keep the airport operating throughout 2021. “More than likely the money will come from reserves,” said the mayor.

North Bay, a city with a population of more than 50,000, is located roughly 280 kilometres north of Toronto, on the eastern shore of Lake Nipissing. It is the home of 22 Wing North Bay and the site of NORAD’s Canadian base. Its airport has two asphalted runways, 08-26 (10,004 feet) and 18-36 (4,492 feet).

Photo credit: Jack Garland Airport

L’aéroport de North Bay est à la recherche de financement

La déclaration du retrait de service par Air Canada à l’aéroport  Jack Garland (CYYB) à North Bay, en Ontario, est une nouvelle dévastatrice pour l’aéroport et l’économie locale, selon le conseil municipal de North Bay.

« L’aéroport de North Bay est un organisme essentiel à l’infrastructure économique de la ville de North Bay », a déclaré le conseiller municipal Chris Mayne. « Le conseil municipal est déterminé de maintenir une opération durable et est œuvré pour que les niveaux de service reviennent dès que les conditions le permettront. »

Sans les revenus générés par les vols passagers suspendus, la ville doit engager jusqu’à 200 000 dollars par mois pour l’opération. Selon M. Mayne, « Sans le soutien des autres paliers de gouvernement, sans essayer de conclure un accord avec Air Canada… North Bay pourrait envisager la fermeture de l’aéroport. »

« Nous avons plus de 700 emplois qui dépendent de l’aéroport », a déclaré le maire de North Bay, Al McDonald. « Si les entreprises n’entendent pas que nous allons garder l’aéroport ouvert, ces 700 emplois quitteraient notre communauté. »

Lors d’une réunion du conseil mardi soir (21 juillet), le personnel de la ville a recommandé que la ville organise des entreprises locales pour mettre la pression sur les gouvernements fédéral et provincial pour qu’ils interviennent avec une aide financière. Ils ont également recommandé que jusqu’à 1,5 million de dollars soient récupérés à l’interne, si nécessaire, pour maintenir l’opératon de l’aéroport tout au long de l’année 2021. « Il est plus probable que l’argent proviendra des réserves », a déclaré le maire.

North Bay, une ville avec plus de 50 000 habitant et est située à environ 280 kilomètres au nord de Toronto, sur la rive est du lac Nipissing. C’est le siège de la 22e Escadre North Bay et le site de la base d’opérations canadienne du NORAD. Son aéroport dispose de deux pistes asphaltées, 08-26 (10 004 pieds) et 18-36 (4 492 pieds).

Crédit photo : Jack Garland Airport

Rockcliffe Flight Museum Offering Children’s Activities

Parents still looking for ways to provide quality education to their children during these unprecedented times can look to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum for aviation-related themes.

Available online from July 17 to September 30, the museum is offering unique opportunities for virtual learning centred on the theme of Wings Over Water. Included are sub-themes touching on Earth-views from space, radar satellite monitoring, traditional Indigenous water transportation methods, Naval aviation and bush flying.

The activities include the creation of aircraft and spacecraft models from downloadable PDFs.

A whole spectrum of Canadian aviation history is taught using innovative online methods.

Click here for more details and to subscribe.

Image credit: CSA/NASA

Gaspé RPAS Operations Planned

Transport Canada, Aircraft Services Directorate (TC/ASD) has conducted Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) operations in support of the North Atlantic Right Whale (NARW) monitoring effort for the past two years (2018 and 2019) and will be returning to Gaspé airport (CYGP) in 2020 to continue this effort.

We will be on site at CYGP starting August 9, with first flights in the local area, and starting long-range monitoring flights on August 13, continuing through September 10. Our focus will be in areas Mike and November (see attached airspace graphic), with potential flights into areas Tango and Oscar. Operational altitudes are also provided on the graphic in the colour-coded key.

NOTAMs will be issued prior to the first long-range flights. All flight activities are coordinated daily with Montreal ACC and Mont Joli FSS.

For further information, contact Marty Rogers, Chief RPAS Operations, Transport Canada by email or by telephone at 343-542-2924.

The map image featured above is appended below in PDF format for those who wish to print it.

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Opérations SATP prévues pour la région de Gaspé

Transports Canada, Direction Générale des Services des Aéronefs (TC DGSA) a mené des opérations de systèmes d’aéronefs télés pilotés (SATP) en appui à la surveillance des baleines noires de l’Atlantique Nord (NARW) depuis les deux dernières années (2018 et 2019) et continueront leurs appuis à l’aéroport de Gaspé (CYGP) en 2020 avec le SATP en tant que plateforme de collection de données primaires.

Nous serons sur le site à CYGP à partir du 9 août avec des premiers vols dans la zone locale et des vols de surveillance à longue portée à partir du 13 août jusqu’au 10 septembre. L’accent sera mis sur les zones Mike et November (sur le graphique de l’espace aérien ci-joint) et des vols potentiels dans les zones Tango et Oscar. Les altitudes opérationnelles sont aussi fournies sur le graphique avec une légende de couleur.

Des NOTAMs seront émis avant le premier vol à longue portée. Toutes les activités de vol sont coordonnées au quotidien avec le centre de contrôle de Montréal et le FSS de Mont Joli.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec Marty Rogers, chef des opérations SATP, Transports Canada par courriel ou par téléphone au 343-542-2924.

L’image de la carte présentée ci-dessus est annexée ci-dessous au format PDF pour ceux qui souhaitent l’imprimer.

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Le musée de l’aviation à Rockcliffe propose des activités pour enfants

Les parents qui cherchent encore des moyens d’offrir une éducation de qualité à leurs enfants en ce temps sans précédent peuvent se pencher sur les thèmes liés à l’aviation du Musée de l’aviation et de l’espace du Canada.

Disponible en ligne du 17 juillet au 30 septembre, le musée offre des opportunités uniques d’apprentissage virtuel centrées sur le thème « Envolées au-dessus de l’eau ». Les sous-thèmes inclus les vues de la Terre depuis l’espace, la surveillance par satellite radar, les méthodes de transport fluvial traditionnelles autochtones, l’aviation navale et le vol de brousse.

Les activités comprennent la création de modèles d’avions et de satellites à partir de fichiers PDF téléchargeables.

Tout un éventail de l’histoire de l’aviation canadienne est enseigné à l’aide de méthodes en ligne novatrices.

Cliquez ici pour plus de détails et pour vous abonner.

Crédit image : ASC/NASA

Aerocamping Database Growing

by Jean-Pierre Bonin

My under-the-wing camping database is growing. After two weeks we now have 22 airfields listed in six provinces: 10 in Quebec, seven in Ontario, two in Saskatchewan and one each in British Columbia, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador.

The ‘Atlantic Bubble’ COVID-related travel restrictions should not restrain Atlantic pilots from flying within their region, so please tell us where under-the-wing camping is possible.

Thanks for spreading the word around on this. If you want to add your airport/aerodrome, please contact me by email.

Two weeks ago, we posted a Dropbox link to the PDF of the database that caused some access or readability problems for some. You might find it easier to follow this link instead.

Photo credit: J-P Bonin