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William Stewart, A.A.E.


These small airports are used regularly by medevac

find it hard to believe that June 2018

We have also reorganized the association

marks four years with me in the

with regards to the board of directors and

position of chair for the Alberta Airports

association manager. The manager position

Management Association (AAMA). I guess

has been eliminated, leaving the workload

time really does fly when you’re having fun.

to fall on the volunteers that make up the

During this time, I have seen a number of

board of directors. As such, the board has

changes, and for the most part I think it’s

been extremely active and busy this year.

safe to say that we are pointed in the right

Because of their hard work, AAMA is in an


excellent financial position and our level

Over the past year, we have pushed the provincial government on funding levels for small airports. These small airports are used

of service continues to increase to serve our members’ needs even better moving forward.

regularly by medevac and fire-suppression

AAMA continues to make it a priority

aircraft in situations where the airfield

to secure improved funding from the

needs to be ready, not now, but right now.

Government of Alberta for small airports

airfield needs to be ready,

During our meeting with the minister of

province wide. We will also continue to

not now, but right now.

transportation’s office, not only did we ask

work with Transport Canada on regulatory

for an increase in funding levels, but also

concerns that affect us all for a fair and safe

an increase in fundable items to include

airport environment. The past year has been

equipment. To be frank, we did not receive

full of positive change and the coming year

the response we had hoped for. However,

looks to be just as good.

and fire-suppression aircraft in situations where the

we continue to push this item and will be taking it further up the food chain in the near future.

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WestJet launched their Link service in Medicine Hat on June 22. Inaugural flights from Lethbridge and Lloydminster took place the day before on June 21.

Connecting smaller markets with the world WestJet launches WestJet Link service in Lethbridge, Lloydminster, and Medicine Hat By Shayna Wiwierski


esidents of Lethbridge, Lloydminster, and Medicine Hat are now able to travel the globe easier thanks to a major commercial airline company. WestJet announced their WestJet Link service, a new regional air service operating under a capacity purchase


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All flights will be flown directly to Calgary, where they are then connected to the wider network. “If someone was flying from Lethbridge to, let’s say, London Gatwick, they would get on the flight in Lethbridge, fly to Calgary, then from Calgary to Gatwick,” says Lauren Stewart, spokesperson for

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WestJet joins Air Canada at the Medicine Hat Regional Airport, which will bring down fare prices and increased competition.

WestJet. “Their luggage would go all the way through, it’s one reservation and makes it very convenient and easy. It also offers these smaller communities to get into the largest WestJet hub to fly into the wider network.” The inaugural flights took place last month, with Lethbridge and Lloydminster on June 21, and Medicine Hat on June 22. The company is offering their Link service in Prince George and Cranbrook, B.C. as well. The service was announced as part of the WestJet hub strategy. Last summer, the company purchased 10 787 Dreamliners, and the Link service will help fill those

seats. WestJet already offers Encore, their regional airline, which flies into communities across Canada. The cities that Link services were were deemed too small to make the Encore flights possible. Working with PCA and their 34-seat aircrafts were the best solution to profitably offer airfare in these communities. “These communities have been asking for more service and competition, as well as lower prices. By having WestJet come into these areas, it lowers the price of airfare, and more choice and possibilities to fly,” says Stewart.

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Currently, Air Canada flies out of Medicine Hat and Lethbridge, with Central Mountain Air flying out of Lloydminster. Since WestJet is a lowfare leader, by coming into these communities and offering more options for air service, that makes for lower fares. “We saw from the very beginning a lot of excitement in these communities. Opening up flight options for those that live in these markets mean that they no longer have to drive to connect to the broader WestJet market; over 100 different destinations,” says Stewart, who adds that it also provides business travelers



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The arrival of WestJet Link comes after three years of extensive renovations to the Medicine Hat Regional Airport, including an expanded terminal building and a rehabilitated main runway.

the option to go in and out of Calgary in a convenient way. “It promotes the economy and tourism, and we have seen a great response from everyone, from the mayors to guests. The airports are very excited to have WestJet coming in.” Logan Boyd, airport operations coordinator for the Medicine Hat Regional Airport, says that the addition of WestJet Link to their service comes after extensive renovations to the airport over the past few years. In the last three years, the airport has expanded out the apron and terminal building, as well as rehabilitated the existing main runway. “With that, it was about getting our key infrastructure upgraded to today’s needs and standards, and being able to go to carriers and say that we have everything you need here, why don’t you try us out?” says Boyd, adding that since they already have Air Canada flying out of the city, the competition will bring added benefits for the community. “The new service should stimulate demand, and fares should lower as a result. The cheaper it is, the more attractive it is to fly from here instead of going out on the highway and driving to other airports.”

The inaugural flight from Medicine Hat was sold out, with the rest of the weeks’ flights having a good response as well. WestJet Link will be able to offer residents access to new markets and fly to places that Air Canada currently doesn’t service.

“It improves transportation links and is an enabler for investment,” says Boyd. “Air service is a vital economic generator for the community, and now we have two air carriers and six more flights a day, which is huge.”

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In July 2015, the Government of Canada announced new regulations allowing airports that don’t have access to CATSA security screening services to obtain them on a cost-recovery basis.

Security N prices soar for regional airports

ew Canadian airports are now expected to front the full costs of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) operations. These services are responsible for the security screening of air passengers, their baggage, and the screening of airport employees.

By Samara Funk

Airport locations that have been operating prior to the attacks of September 11, 2001, do not require any CATSA designation start-up costs or ongoing operational costs because they are completely funded by large international airports. This creates difficulty competing with funded airports because the hefty CATSA costs are too high for many regional airports to implement. Robert Blais, airport manager of Bromont's Roland-Désourdy Regional Airport, says, “The CATSA estimate for our airport’s first year, including the installation of the equipment, training, and hiring of staff was approximately $2 million. In addition to the start-up cost, we were quoted about $1 million per year to maintain it.”

In order to compensate for the high CATSA installation and operational costs, small airports, like the Bromont's Roland-Désourdy Regional Airport, would need to triple their ticket prices depending on the volume of passengers using their airports annually.


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To compensate for the high CATSA installation and operational costs, small airports would need to triple their ticket

prices depending on the volume of passengers using their airports annually. This is a huge hit to airports such as the Edson Airport, who are 100 per cent funded by the municipalities. In July 2015, the Government of Canada announced new regulations allowing airports that don’t have access to CATSA security screening services to obtain them on a cost-recovery basis. However, CATSA is still searching for a feasible method to implement this cost recovery. In response to this, nine Canadian airports who were impacted by the new CATSA regulations came together and prepared a document addressing their concerns. They then presented their letter by meeting with Minister of Transportation, Marc Garneau in June 2016. Blais says, “CATSA is making over $700 million while the cost of running the CATSA services are near $545 million to $580 million per year. That’s enough money to cover the same security services that older airports receive, to new airports like us.” The nine affected airports proposed several ideas to help cut costs, including to train pre-existing airport staff instead of hiring CATSA sub-contractors and requested to employ part-time staff rather than using full-time positions in situations where there are only a couple flights a day. “Presently, if you buy a domestic airplane ticket, the security fee is $7.20 and if we were to raise that amount for every ticket sold in Canada to $7.43, that would make more than enough money to give all nine new airports' CATSA security,” says Blais. Since their meeting in 2016, the nine airports are still waiting for an official answer from Minister Garneau. “It’s a shame because our market survey results displayed a large potential for our airport’s growth,” says Blais. “We presented the survey to major airlines like WestJet and Air Canada who all said that they were interested, but they are not able to transport non-screened passengers; their

condition to come to our airport is that we need to have CATSA services.” Without a practical solution to generate enough funds to gain CATSA designation, many airports are at a developmental standstill. “What makes it frustrating is that we have everything set-up and everything that we can do is done. The one thing that’s holding

us back is getting the CATSA screening services under the same agreement that the 89 CATSA designated airports have,” says Blais. Without CATSA operations, regional airports are unable to send passengers to secure terminals of larger airports where they can connect to flights around the world.

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To charge or not to charge… Are landing fees really that profitable for smaller airports? By Shayna Wiwierski

Prior to the change of the system, the Manning Municipal Airport charged $10 per landing and $10 per passenger for getting on and off the plane, which went towards covering the cost of the terminal.


n Alberta municipal airport recently scrapped their landing fees in order to garner more traffic and generate more income for their region. Athabasca Regional Airport, located in Athabasca County, Alta., got rid of their landing fees for private aircraft in 2007, and furthermore, waived landing fees for flying schools in 2010 in favour of a more balanced approach to increase traffic. The airport used to charge a landing fee for every aircraft that came into the airport, whether that be commercial, private, flying schools, or medevac. “With landing fees in place for all traffic, there was an approximate breakdown of 97 per cent commercial traffic and three per cent for all other traffic. This tells us that private aircraft 14

and flying schools simply avoided our airport,” says Norm de Wet, airport administrator for Athabasca County. “Today with no fees in place for private aircraft and flying schools, we have approximately 65 per cent commercial traffic (2017 statistics), 26 per cent private, and the rest are flying schools and medevacs. They are interesting statistics to consider from an income and user perspective.” De Wet says that he was told by a pilot that if there are landing fees for private traffic that this information is shared in the aviation community and private pilots will simply avoid the airport, if at all possible. Private pilots who land at the Athabasca Regional Airport often purchase avgas, which in turn means there is still an income for the airport.

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It’s about balancing the user fee structure so it’s still an attractive airport to fly to.

“We have cancelled landing fees for certain aircraft, but make up for it with avgas sales due to the increase in traffic. By balancing how we charge fees, we’ve seen this generates more revenue,” says De Wet. “It’s about balancing the user fee structure so it’s still an attractive airport to fly to.”

The Manning Municipal Airport, which is owned and operated by the County of Northern Lights, currently still has landing fees but changed them recently to be more beneficial for private aircrafts.

The structure of how they are running their airport has also recently influenced other municipal airports around the province, such as the County of Northern Lights. The Manning Municipal Airport, which is owned and operated by the County of Northern Lights, currently still has landing fees but changed them recently to be more beneficial for private aircrafts. Up until recently, private aircrafts paid every time they landed, however, now the airport is allowing those who are under 2,500 kgs to be able to come and go for free. Those that are over 2,500 kgs or commercial pay $15 per landing, and as the maximum takeoff weight goes up, they have to pay a little more. Prior to this system, the airport charged $10 per landing and $10 per passenger for getting on and off the plane (in-planing was $10 per head and deplaning was $10 per head). That was to cover the cost of the terminal. “An airplane enthusiast is like a motorcycle enthusiast. Some of them have airplanes and work all week just to be able to go for a ride on the weekend,” says Kenneth Launchbury, airport operator/safety assistant, County of Northern Lights. “It’s not like everyone who has an airplane has money. For some of the guys, it’s very much they work to support their passion, their hobby, and they go flying on the weekend or whenever they can afford to.” These new landing fees went into effect in April 2018 and Launchbury says that so far the reaction has been good. At this time, they don’t want to get rid of all landing fees just yet, as those fees are used to maintain the airport. Since the fees are now lower, it’s more attractive for those flying in the area to land and take advantage of all that the town has to offer.

“We are saying ‘The County of Northern Lights and the town of Manning is here for you; come and explore’,” says Launchbury. “If I’m in the air and have to get gas anyways, I would

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Safety over profits The benefits of owning fuel By Tammy Schuster

Fuel-testing is performed at the Lloydminster Airport, as it is a CSA requirement that any aviation fuel retailer complete daily, weekly, and monthly quality testing.


irlines, airport tenants, and fixedbased operators (FBO). All private investments many communities

rely on to help develop and run their local airport facility when they lack sufficient revenue otherwise. Having a third-party-

screening, and a comfortable pre-boarding

Fuel-testing is performed at the

area for travelers. The airport also provides

Lloydminster Airport, as it is a CSA

hangar rentals and on-site fuel sales of both

requirement that any aviation fuel retailer

jet fuel and avgas.

complete daily, weekly, and monthly

“Your margins aren’t going to be significant

quality testing. Any airport, regardless

by owning your fuel, but it works for us

of size, must perform required tests in

because our goal is more-so the quality

accordance with CSA standards, if it is

control and safety,” says Fred Ackerman,

selling fuel.

Transport Canada liaison for the City of

Testing must take place any time fuel is


transferred, be it from the refinery to the

Ackerman says when a third party

truck, or from the truck to the facility.

is providing the fuel service, it can

Quality testing is performed to ensure

sometimes be difficult to assess what

facilities have received the correct product,

Lloydminster Airport is a Transport Canada

quality assurances and safety management

and includes testing for contaminants, such

Class 2 Certified airport offering scheduled

processes are in place. “For us, it’s about

as particulates or water, and, in the case

non-stop flights to Calgary, Canadian

control of the quality of the product and

of blended jet fuel, density tests to detect

Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)

having it safely dispensed.”

whether the fuel contains ice inhibitor.

owned FBO on an airfield is a common income generator, but it limits the control and quality assurances available to that airport operator. Lloydminster Airport, located a few kilometres northwest of Lloydminster, Alta. owns its own fueling assets.


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Other factors to consider if retailing fuel on an airfield, is whether the facility uses a 24-hour card-lock system or provides aroundthe-clock staff. The Lloydminster Airport provides hangar rentals and on-site fuel sales of both jet fuel and avgas.

Other factors to consider if retailing fuel on

including maintenance, flight planning,

Smaller municipalities may not have the

an airfield, is whether the facility uses a 24-

hangar services, or retail fuel – selling

staff or equipment to enable it to own

hour card-lock system or provides around-

fuel will attract more charter companies

fueling services at its airport facility, which

the-clock staff. While costlier, having

or flying clubs. “We are a one-stop shop

is when it might make sense to have fuel

skilled staff on the field provides more

and our provisions are open 24/7. Having

supplied by an independent contractor. And

safety and security, lowering the chance of

our own fuel allows us to attract more

in that case, Ackerman says it is certainly

fueling errors in an aircraft or prompting

customers to the region,” says Ackerman.

within the airport operator’s interest to

immediate clean-up should spillage occur.

monitor the fuel provider’s quality assurance

If you have an airfield that offers services

when choosing a destination. They won’t

program and safety management system.

such as the Lloydminster Airport does –

stop at your airport if they can’t get fuel.”

“It’s a key factor for charter companies

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Call to action The importance of having an easy-tounderstand emergency response plan By Shayna Wiwierski

Lloydminster Airport reviews their emergency response plan annually. Shown here is their last live exercise where they used a semi-trailer to simulate an aircraft fuselage. Photo courtesy of the City of Lloydminster Communications Department.


here are a lot of things that can go

they review their plan quarterly through

wrong at an airport, and although

their safety management system with a

your staff may know what to do,

major analysis conducted as part of their

is your emergency response plan easy to understand for those not working in aviation?

three-year quality-assurance cycle. “All the regulations say that the airports shall update the

According to Transport Canada,

plan as necessary to ensure

emergency planning should aim, where

effectiveness. No two airports

possible, to prepare an organization in the event that an emergency situation occurs. Once a plan has been prepared, then it must be maintained systematically to ensure that it remains up to date and fit for purpose at any time in case an emergency occurs. Although updates to the plan vary from airport to airport, Fred

will have the same types of users; one may have more jets, or more smaller aircraft,” says Ackerman. “You have to make sure you have the proper crash charts on hand for the majority of users on your field.”

Ackerman, Transport Canada liaison for

Since Lloydminster’s airport is city-

the Lloydminster Airport, says that they

owned, the city’s fire department

should be reviewed annually. For them,

does the fire and rescue should an


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According to Transport Canada, emergency planning should aim, where possible, to prepare an organization in the event that an emergency situation occurs.

emergency happen. Since this is an offairport agency, Ackerman says that the plan must make sense to them and the document must be written on a level that there isn’t any technical jargon. They also have to be made aware of the preservation of evidence as far as the Transport Safety Board is concerned. It’s more than just fighting a fire, it could have legalities and the preservation of evidence is key. Once the plan is updated, operations must brief airport staff and everyone who has a role with the emergency response. “For us, it’s our operational staff, the equipment operators, airport manager, those folks are trained up for it. We do it with a review exam, so if you were newly hired and you had an operational role, you would get an initial familiarization exam, it’s a review of the plan, and then the questions touch back on that. From there, whenever you have an update, you need to gather your staff, and depending on what it is, maybe you wouldn’t do an exam, but you would have to document that you trained those people,” says Ackerman, adding that if you didn’t document it, then it didn’t happen as far as Transport Canada is concerned. From there, depending on what the

Since Lloydminster’s airport is city-owned, the city’s fire department does the fire and rescue should an emergency happen. Photo courtesy of the City of Lloydminster Communications Department.

change was, the airport staff may need to test it to see if it actually works, whether that be a table-top exercise or a live one. In terms of getting outside agencies involved, such as the municipal fire department or 911, Ackerman says that it’s very important to make sure that the local 911 dispatch is briefed in their role in case an emergency occurs. “Bigger airports have their own dedicated airport rescue and firefighting, but for us, which is the majority of municipal-owned airports, the city or municipality are the firefighting people,” says Ackerman. Pierre Gauthier, airport operations manager for the Slave Lake Airport, recalls an instance where their

During the live exercise, Lloydminster Airport filled the trailer with seats, luggage, and mullaged wounded people and then blocked the doors to the size of the exits on an aircraft. Photo courtesy of the City of Lloydminster Communications Department. Alberta Airports Management Association • 2018


Lloydminster Airport had two fog machines in the trailer to obscure the responder’s visibility to simulate an emergency on board an aircraft. Photo courtesy of the City of Lloydminster Communications Department.

emergency response plan had been implemented. “There was a helicopter crash, and in that case, it was seen by a member of the public who called 911 to activate the emergency response plan,” says Gauthier, who mentions that the fire department was alerted and then took instant command and controlled the scene. “I then became the liaison between the fire department and Transport Canada or other agencies, and control the airport, whether that’s shutting it down or whatever needs to be done.” Slave Lake Airport is the base for medevac and wildfire tankers, as well as charters and helicopters. Their emergency response plan gets updated every year, which consists of a review and updates as required. From there, the plan gets submitted to other agencies, such as the fire department, tanker base, and the local medevac base, who all get a briefing of the changes. The plan lists

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Slave Lake Airport had to implement their emergency response plan when a helicopter crashed. A member of the public called 911 and then the fire department was alerted and took instant command of the scene.

all potential emergencies that they think

Slave Lake Airport is the base for medevac and wildfire tankers, as well as charters and helicopters.

would happen at the airport, and from there, each of those emergencies has its own section with procedures outlined and how to handle them. There is also an incident command structure which lists the different roles and structure.

plan in a weatherproof box outside of the airport’s main office in case it needs to be accessed. Ackerman adds that as far as the non-aviation individuals who are involved should an emergency occur, such as the mayor, council, etc., it’s important that they understand the plan and be informed on it.

In terms of implementing the plan, Gauthier says they work with the local fire department every year and

“The more informed they are, the better able they are to make budgeting

do practices with them so they are

decisions for emergency equipment,”

familiar should an incident occur. They

says Ackerman. “It encourages them to

also provide the emergency response

be active; it’s their airport.”

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The impact of RESA changes on Alberta airports Small Alberta airports wait to see what happens in the wake of new RESA regulations By Danica Taylor


t’s been 13 years since an Air France Airbus A340 slid off the end of the runway at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport and crashed. The fiery incident gained mass attention with people demanding the safety standards of runway end safety areas (RESA) be updated to ensure accidents like the one that happened in Toronto be avoided.

the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards. Currently, airports are required to have a 60-metre strip with an optional extra 90 metres. With these changes, the 150 metres, which were once optional, will now become mandatory with an additional 150 metres being optional, for a grand total of 300 metres.

In response to this, Transport Canada is proposing that all RESA be a minimum of 150 metres long. This regulation is consistent with

A RESA, as described by Transport Canada, is “an area adjacent to the end of the runway strip primarily intended to enhance safety


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by potentially reducing the severity of damage to an airplane

slowing the aircraft before it can overshoot the runway. Another option

undershooting or overrunning the runway. It is one part of the overall

is using declared distances, which refer to the length of a runway that’s

safety requirements that contribute to making landing on runways safe.”

declared usable for takeoff and landing.

Though extending the runway would certainly bolster its security, many

Mark believes the impact will also vary depending on the size of the

smaller airports and those lacking the space and infrastructure to extend

aircraft the airports can accommodate, and the condition each airport is

their runways are worried.

facing. Some smaller issues could be fixed within a year, and others will

Doug Mark, director of operations at Grande Prairie Airport, says RESA’s impact will depend on the location of the airport, but that the cost for

have to wait for the approval of funding assistance—if they get funding at all.

many Alberta airports that will be affected will be minimal. Assuming

“The pros of RESA is it gives extra room for safety and you can’t argue

they have the space for it.

safety. The cons are the airports that require funding because it could

“Depending on your ground conditions – for instance, if you have abrupt slopes or ditches at the end of your runway, rocks or trees – then the more of those you have, the more costly it would be to remedy the issue,” Mark said. To accommodate smaller airports, Transport Canada is looking at

be really expensive. For the airports, if the government isn’t paying for it, we don’t know where that money is going to come from. That funding structure is going to be the thing that impacts airports,” Mark said. The proposed amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations will be published in Canadian Gazette Part 1 in the fall of 2018.

alternative safety measures that could work in locations with less space.

Mark waits patiently, trusting that Transport Canada will be there to help.

One of these options is called Engineered Materials Arresting Systems

“We’re hoping and trusting that Transport Canada will give us the time it

(EMAS), also known as arrestor beds. EMAS are made out of crushable

will take once the funding gets through, that they’ll give us the time to

concrete and are built at the end of a runway. They’re designed to

make the changes because it won’t happen overnight. We know where

absorb the impact of an aircraft and break apart beneath its weight,

we’ll do it, it’s now the how.”

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Dawson Creek Regional Airport, among other things, is working with aviation schools and programs providing students with hands-on work experiences, such as practicum or co-ops at the airport.

Avoiding another shortage Dawson Creek Regional Airport is being proactive about the future of the aviation industry


elcome to 2018, where the most sought-after job in the aviation industry is pilots. We

have been aware of this issue for many years. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in the midst of this reality as many may have thought it was just a myth. The aviation industry is one that prides itself in being proactive. However, on this issue we are now finding solutions reactively. Big airlines gobbling up all the new talent and slowly the regional carriers are left with no other 24

choice but to take what they can get. The industry is scrambling right now and airport operators are left in the middle of this whole conundrum. Welcome to 2023, where we now have a shortage of airport operators/managers. This is the reality we are going to be facing in the next five years. The Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace finally released their Labour Market Report for 2018. By 2023, we will be in need of 1,300 transportation managers across Canada.

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Now if you combine both of these shortages together over the next five years it sounds like a really messy situation. We are stuck being reactive about the pilot shortage, but we can be proactive about the airport operator shortage now. The pilot shortage has offered a lot of insight after the fact about what we can do to try and attract new and younger individuals to our industry. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be honest, the aviation industry is an industry that is a unique one. Millennials are figuring

out what they want to do with their lives right now and this gives us an opportunity to attract future aviators. Unlike becoming a pilot, aviation management programs are affordable, unique, and interesting. There are many schools across Canada with aviation management programs. However, two schools are leading the way: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Georgian College. Scholarships, grant opportunities, and bursaries are options

• Host a COPA For Kids event that provides kids with positive memories that are aviation related. These are just some of the things we do in our community to give insight about the industry. Each airport needs to take initiative and a leadership role to ensure we put these shortages to an abrupt stop. The industry needs you and one day these shortages will affect you. So now the choice is upon us: Do we continue to be reactive or do we act now and be proactive?

Dawson Creek Regional Airport tower.

available to take this venture on at both schools. As the baby boomer generation is slowly retiring and millennials are figuring out what they want to do with their lives, it is up to us to fill the void. There are a number of solutions to help mitigate this potential shortage as we continue to grow and move forward as an industry. Some solutions we are working towards at Dawson Creek Regional Airport as we do our part to mitigate the shortage is as follows: • Work with aviation schools and programs providing students with




hands-on work experiences, such as practicum or co-ops at the airport. • Sit on the Program Advisory Committee for the Airport Operations Program at BCIT to enhance and improve their existing program for the students and alumni. • Create a Youth Engagement Initiative within the municipality providing the youth in the community with an opportunity to learn and observe the complex operations at the airport. • Educate the community about the opportunities within aviation, and direct interested parties to a school that provides an education in aviation. • Mentor the many newcomers in the industry and help find opportunities

Look at what Dawson Creek Regional Airport has to offer: • Convenient Location • WIFI Internet Connection • No Parking or Airport User Fees • Competitive Terminal and Landing Fees • Fully Functional Pilots Lounge 24/7 • Extra flights with more convenient flight times For flight times or reservations contact your travel agent or call direct:

Central Mountain Air 1-888-865-8585 www.flycma.com

Regional Airport

for them. Alberta Airports Management Association • 2018


Flying high

The Fairview Municipal Airport (CEB5) is an unmanned airport approximately two miles west of the town of Fairview. The CANSO PBY-5A, which currently site at the Fairview Municipal Airport, started its life as RCAF11094 and had its first flight in 1943 as a patrol bomber during the Second World War.

Lots going on at the Fairview Municipal Airport


here is lots going on at the Fairview Municipal Airport.

The Fairview Municipal Airport (CEB5) is an unmanned airport approximately two miles west of the town of Fairview. It is owned and operated by the M.D. of Fairview, in collaboration with the Town of Fairview and Clear Hills County. The airport elevation is 2,166 feet and the runway dimensions are 3,492-feet-by-75-feet (1,064.3-metres-by-22.86-metres). The airport is equipped with an automated lighted runway, GPS approach landing, and an automated weather station. Weather info can be accessed by calling 1-780-835-2712. A new 2,000-square-foot terminal was built in 2015 and includes accessible washrooms, a pilots lounge area, public waiting area, and a meeting room for up to 15 people, available for rent. A shipping/ receiving room with overhead doors is also available in the terminal on a lease basis for an airport-related business. There is a fuel cardlock system available at the airport for sale of AV gas fuel and Jet B fuel. There is no passenger service at the airport, however the terminal has been built with a general waiting area. There are 10 hangar lots available for lease at the airport, which are all currently leased. Approximately 280 acres of land surrounding the airport is vacant and leased for farming, however portions of this land that is owned by the M.D. may be suitable for an airport-related purpose. The Fairview Municipal Airport allows under-wing camping. For further information, please contact the Municipal District of Fairview No. 136 office at 780-835-4903. CANSO PBY-5A The CANSO PBY-5A currently sits at the Fairview Municipal Airport. The CANSO PBY-5A C-FNJE started its life as RCAF11094 and had its first flight in 1943 as a patrol bomber during the Second World War. After the war, it was converted for civilian use, mostly as a water bomber to help fight forest fires first in Newfoundland, and later in western Canada. 26

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In 2001, while fighting fires in the Inuvik, NWT area, it started taking on water while loading and sank in about 100 feet of water. It was floated to the surface and pulled to the northeast shore of Sitidgi Lake where the engines were removed and salvaged. The aircraft, according to the Aviation Safety Network, was written off and left to decay. Six Fairview, Alta. farmers heard the CANSO’s distress call and decided to step in. Led by vintage aviation enthusiast Don Wieben, the CANSO crew hauled the bird from the tundra to a farm in Fairview. For nine years, they went to work on restoring the plane to her former glory. The team formed the Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society to source donations of all sorts, and the community of Fairview and those outside of it banded together in hopes of seeing the CANSO take to the sky. It all paid off on June 18th, 2017, when the CANSO PBY-5A fired up and lifted off at the Historic Wings Over Canada 150 celebration at the Fairview Municipal Airport. We think it’s more than just a coincidence that the rebirth of the CANSO falls on the sesquicentennial anniversary of our nation. The CANSO PBY-5A, as well as FARS next aircraft restoration project, sits at the Fairview Municipal Airport. Read more about the Save the CANSO story at savethecanso.com, or contact Doug Roy at the Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society at 780-835-1605. Canadian Owners & Pilots Association (COPA) Dunvegan Flight #174 The Fairview Municipal Airport also hosts COPA Dunvegan Flight #174, which actively participates in COPA for Kids, a program that provides an introduction for Canadian youth into the world of general aviation. These flights are provided free of charge by the COPA local branch to youths aged eight to 17 wishing to become a junior aviator. COPA Dunvegan Flight #174 also hosts an annual Fly-In Father’s Day breakfast. For more information, please contact Greg Wieben at 780835-9176.

Municipal District of Fairview No. 136 P. 780.835.4903 • F. 780.835-3131

Email: mdinfo@mdfairview.ab.ca Web: www.mdfairview.com The Municipal District of Fairview No. 136 is located approximately 558 kms north of Edmonton on Highway 43 and 90 kms north of Grande Prairie on Highway 2.

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Located within the M.D. of Fairview are two hamlets. Bluesky is approximately 10 kms east of Fairview on Highway 2. Whitelaw is approximately 23 kms east of Fairview on Highway 2.

The MD of Fairview owns and operates an unmanned airport with many exceptional facilities. The Maples is a beautiful day use picnic area located on the west side of Dunvegan Bridge. To book the Maples for Special Occasions please contact the office at 780.835.4903.

COPA & FARS FATHER’S DAY FLY-IN BREAKFAST Sunday, June 17th, 2018 Fairview Municipal Airport

Pratts Landing is located on the shores of the Peace River, 26 river km upstream from Dunvegan (four hours of paddling). If driving, you can access this wilderness park equipped with campsites from Highway 682 approximately 32 kms west of the town of Fairview.

In nature’s backyard Edson’s thriving airport


he Town of Edson airport is a hub of activity and could get even more traffic as time moves on. In conjunction with Jasper, Hinton, and Yellowhead County, as well as many tourism operators and other local stakeholders, the Town of Edson has been working towards scheduled flight service at the airport. Airport manager Sam Shine says it’s a natural step for the region. “Our airport is certified for aircraft up to a Boeing 737 and recently received federal approval for CATSA security screening. The facility is located in a great spot where we can connect the world to the many tourism opportunities in the West Yellowhead and Rocky Mountains. A scheduled service makes sense and our local councils are discussing that opportunity now.” Edson, Alta. is located 200 kilometres west of Edmonton, and 165 kilometres from the municipality of Jasper within Jasper National Park. The region is rich in tourism opportunities with the proximity to the national parks, the great mountain biking opportunities, hiking, fishing, ziplining, rafting and other adventure tourism, culture tourism, and more. Having a scheduled flight service would help connect travellers to these opportunities, without the need for long bus journeys. Along with the regular airport operations, Shine and his staff have been busy supporting the community through school tours and annual events. The airport will soon be the host of a major tailgate sale, drive-in movie, and an aircraft and car show ‘n’ shine. Details on these events can be found at www.edson.ca.

Edson, Alta. is located 200 kilometres west of Edmonton, and 165 kilometres from the municipality of Jasper within Jasper National Park.

For more information on the Edson airport people are encouraged to visit www.edson.ca/departments/airport, or call airport, manager Sam Shine at 780-723-4010.

The Town of Edson’s strategic location on the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway allows Edson to benefit from private, commercial, and industrial traffic. Utilize our certified airport to connect to the Yellowhead County foothills, the Rockies Jasper National Park or to attend our many local events. We offer a variety of services for the travelling public including great accommodations, recreational facilities, our new Museum and Travel Information Centre, and the Kinsmen Spray Park to cool down the kids after a long day on the road. • Indoor Swimming Pool, Water Slide • 24 Ball Diamond Complex (Vision Park) • Additional 12 Ball Diamonds Throughout Town • Wilmore Provincial Park Campsite and Mountain bike trails.

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• Extensive ATV trail systems • 2 Cross Country Ski Trail Systems • Kinsmen Spray Park • Movie Theatre • 8 Sheet Curling Rink

• 18 Hole Golf Course • Golf Driving Range • Hiking Trails • 2 Indoor Ice Arenas • 4 Outdoor Ice Rinks

• 8 Lane Bowling Alley • Theatre For Performing Arts • Rodeo Ghymkana Grounds • Rotary Skateboard Park

• 2 Tennis Courts • 2 Craft Centres • Galloway Station Museum • Public Library

605 – 50th Street | Edson, AB T7E 1T7 | Tel: 780.723.4401 | www.edson.ca

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Worldwide vision with a Canada focus By Russell G. Mueller


he merger of ADB Airfield Solutions and Liberty Airport Systems (as part of the Safegate Group) two years ago created ADB SAFEGATE and an exciting renewed focus on serving the Canadian market that includes a greater product assortment and an increased range of training, services, and support to keep your airfield operational and safe. At ADB SAFEGATE, we are a full-service airfield lighting supplier and a global leader in intelligent, integrated systems that boost efficiency, improve safety, raise environmental sustainability, and reduce operational costs at airports. ADB SAFEGATE pioneered the use of LED for airfield ground lighting (AGL) and has installed more than one-million LED airfield lighting fixtures – more than two out of every three LED fixtures installed worldwide. These numbers reflect the universal acceptance of LED airfield lighting as the standard in AGL as more and more airports switch to the energy-efficient technology to meet sustainability goals. ADB SAFEGATE equipment can be found from major international airports such as Calgary and Edmonton, to regional hubs and many municipal airports within Alberta, and all across Canada. We take great pride in assisting all airports to reach their operational goals.

At ADB SAFEGATE, we are not only an advanced technology company, we are an industry-leading service company. From our large warehouse inventory in Burlington, Ontario, we can supply Canadian specific AGL equipment spares for ADB, Safegate, Liberty, Siemens, and many other industry-standard AGL products used throughout Canadian airports. Our technical service department offers 24/7/365 telephone or email support for all ADB SAFEGATE and former Liberty AGL, power, and control equipment. Onsite service and planned maintenance inspections are also offered to suit an airport’s individual requirements. ADB SAFEGATE also offers industry-leading AGL maintenance training courses to assist our customers in maintaining the operational status of their airports and to assist them in compliance with present and future AGL maintenance standards. If we sell it, we support it, Canada and worldwide.



ADB SAFEGATE is a leading provider of solutions that boost efficiency, improve safety, raise environmental sustainability and reduce operational costs for airports and airlines worldwide. With intelligent solutions spanning the airside for gate, airfield, tower and service, the company partners with airports and airlines worldwide to increase airport performance, from approach to departure. ADB SAFEGATE has more than 1,000 employees in more than 20 countries and operates in more than 175 countries, serving more than 2,500 airports. For more information about ADB SAFEGATE, please visit our website at adbsafegate.com.


Our team of experts knows how to combine functionality and aesthetics ensuring hassle-free maintenance and safety for staff, tenants and travellers.

Contact us for more information at 1-844-248-7669 GRM 4-1718 Byland Road, West Kelowna, BC www.grminc.ca Alberta Airports Management Association • 2018


Fuel anti-icing inhibitor By Stephen McMurray, private pilot, AME tech.


uel anti-icing, or FSII (“Fizzi”, the slang

the filter coalescer/separator is due to the fact

Whenever handling FSII, as well as all

for FSII) as it is often referred to, is

that FSII does a good job of "hiding" water

aviation fuels, use appropriate PPE

an aviation fuel additive. Its primary

that is present in fuel by microencapsulating

(personal protection equipment) to

chemical, diethylene glycol monomethyl

it, which makes it non-detectable to the

provide protection to skin or eye contact.

ether, also referred to as DiEGME, DEGMME

filter monitor which is searching for water

Chemicals and solvents are great in aircraft

(Deggeme) has been around for over 50

to absorb. The result is water will pass freely

fuel, but can be absorbed through your

years. CSD Aerospace is the original producer,

through the monitor element with the fuel.

skin and cause health problems. In all cases,

having formulated the product at the request

The filter coalescer/separator will separate

consult your product SDS to review storage

of the U.S military. It is now produced and

the water from the fuel during the first stage

and handling requirements.

sold by two separate chemical brand names,

of the filtering process. The filter media inside the coalescer and "sock-like" outer layer

Performing these, and any of the array

Methyl Carbitol and Prist®. FSII is required to prevent entrained water in the fuel from freezing at sub-zero temperatures, resulting in ice crystals which can plug fuel filters, causing fuel starvation and subsequent engine failure. Designed primarily for turbine aviation fuel, FSII may also be used in piston aircraft using 100LL avgas. The additive itself is exactly the same for both types of fuels and is produced to ASTM specification D4171 and to military specification MIL-DTL-85470B. To find out if you require FSII in your aviation fuel, consult your aircraft engine or flight operations manual. This will specify year-round use or use within a specified outside air temperature range.

work to coalesce moisture, allowing smaller droplets to grow larger, becoming heavier droplets which fall into the filter sump for drainage (sumping). Filter coalescer/ separators should contain a water defense system to automatically stop the flow of fuel when excess water is detected. There are two types of water in fuel, free water and entrained water. The free or visible

fuel throughout the handling process. Keeping employees current through aviation products quality assurance training courses will ensure you supply clean, dry, and on-specification fuel to your customers.

tape. It is recommended that daily sumping of tanks to remove any water or particulate assists in maintaining clean, dry and onspec fuel to the flying public. Finding contamination in your storage tank water is identified, it is important

filter. Monitor elements may not be used with

to isolate it and remove it. Failure

aviation fuel containing anti-icing additives

to sump and analyze fuel samples

like FSII, as independent filter manufacturers

for contamination can lead to

have confirmed that the presence of these

excessive filter change-outs, and

additives inhibit the performance of the

bacterial growth in fuel tanks. Entrained water is moisture that remains suspended in the fuel. There are test kits available to measure

The reasoning behind the filter

the amount of the entrained water and

manufacturer's recommendation of utilizing

determining concentration range.


responsibility to maintain the quality of the

the bottom of a gauging stick, or gauging

is not necessarily a bad thing. If

be used on the fuel supply system.

the quality assurance person, it is a great

utilizing water detection paste applied on

with FSII must utilize a coalescer/separator

final filtration point, monitor elements may

how and why they are performed. As

water in a fuel tank can be checked by

Systems containing aviation fuel anodized

monitors. If FSII is injected downstream of the

of quality control tests takes training on

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Finding contamination in your storage tank is not necessarily a bad thing. If water is identified, it is important to isolate it and remove it.

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• De-icing products, aircraft, runway • Detailing, aircraft products, Extreme Simply Green • Drum handling equipment, carts, lifters, seals, labels • Equipment repair, fuel handling, TSSA contract service • Filters, aircraft fuel, Velcon • Glass cleaner, plex, lexan, SS, aircraft approved. Prist®

Air Support Inc. was founded in 1984 as a wholesale supplier servicing the aviation industry. We specialize in fuel, lubes, and related handling equipment and services and are pleased to represent Canadian and USA chemical, fuel and equipment manufacturers. Prist® Canadian Distributor. We supply and service private and commercial users, Government utilities, Military and research corporations in addition to FBOs, aviation contractors, flight schools and airports across Canada. • Aircraft supplies & parts. • Assistance with funding for aviation infrastructure. • Aviation fuel & lubes • Filters, hose, nozzle, repair service • Fuel storage pumping equipment, mobile fueling service, fuel treatment BIOBOR • Prist® Canadian Distributor anti-icing/deicing products • Safety and handling equipment, PPE, spill kits Training Air Support was founded by Stephen McMurray after graduating from the Confederation College Aircraft Maintenance Engineering program. The company is now incorporated as Air Support Inc. and services both small and large aviation accounts. We have grown our business

• Reels for hose and static cables • Spill containment kits, Fuel handling PPE, Safety equipment • Tanks, approved, portable, mobile, stationary, monitoring, rental refueler, DW Envirotanker • Testing, fuel quality equipment • Training, CSA B836, Aviation fuel storage and handling, mobile refueler training

through many long term relationships which we continue to value. Our goal is to focus on service, quality products with competitive prices. Our reward is customer loyalty. Air Support Inc. has responded to many emergencies resulting from natural disasters such as fires, floods, evacuations, derailments and emergency fuel requirements. In order to respond to these demands, our services are available seven days a week. We have developed good relationships with many area Municipal Airports, the OMNR, OMNRF (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry), Hydro One, OPP (Ontario Provincial Police Helicopters), Canadian Armed Forces, Natural Resources Canada and ORNGE Air Ambulance. Please contact us for references. Stephen McMurray President Air Support Inc. 5 Wavell St. Lively, ON, Canada, P3Y 1N2 airsupport@bellnet.ca Ph: 705-692-1286 Fax:705-692-1416

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