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Minister’s response on Waterville airport closure falls short
May 2014

By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO

The Minister's letter, distancing the province from aviation, is no surprise. The National Airports Policy is achieving its goal - to reduce the number of airports in Canada. "Much of the Canadian transportation system is overbuilt: 94 per cent of all air passengers and cargo use only 26 of 726 airports" and "Each community will be in a position to determine the future role of its airport." The Feds have walked away, the provinces are remaining clear, except where it is in a politician's interest as it was with the former Premier who was in favour of offering the airport as a sacrificial lamb, and as a consequence the national air transportation system is being destroyed.

Waterville is strategically located between Digby and Debert. It should not be permitted to be closed without an alternative in place, but local politicians who have no responsibility for a national network of airports would not understand this. With only self-interest groups like COPA and airport stakeholders doing the advocating, it is an uphill battle. Perhaps when the pilot and mechanic supply reaches a crisis stage someone in a position to do something will take action to review the National Airports Policy with a view to maintaining an adequate network of airports. In the meantime, we will continue the fight to keep this airport open, including employing our Freedom to Fly Fund to pursue all legal channels. But we can only do so much. A federal presence is needed to ensure that an airport remains in the area.

I encourage area pilots and aviation enthusiasts to attend the fly-in at Waterville airport on 31 May (rain date 1 June) to show your support for the airport.

May 31, Waterville, NS (CCW3): Annapolis Valley Flying Association (AVFA)/COPA Flight 147’s Apple Blossom Fly-In. Come to the beautiful Annapolis Valley. Light breakfast available from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. and hot dogs and hamburgers available from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Rain Date – Sunday June 1st. Pilots meeting at 9 a.m. Join us for Apple Blossom Fly-Over starting at 9:30 a.m. For more information please phone 902-538-7116.

Obstructions Near Airports Survey
June 11, 2012

Our goal is to provide valuable input from our members to Transport Canada with regards to cellular telephone and communications towers, wind turbines and other obstructions that are proposed to be constructed within close proximity of an aerodrome. Please click on the link. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Thank you.


Press Release

                                                                                                           May 16, 2012

Dear COPA Flight Captains,
To distribute to your members,

Please watch this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEm-WpO6qjI&feature=youtu.be  and read the attached letter and then contact your MPP and MP to get them involved in raising the profile of the impact of Wind Farms on aviation. Use the information provided in the letter and the position paper included with it but put into your own words what you feel is necessary to turn around this significant issue.

Collingwood airport is just one example of the issue. With 7000 more turbines to be erected in Ontario alone, there are and will be other airports impacted by the lack of protection for aviation.

(Read letter from Kevin Psutka to Mr. Jim Wilson, MPP Simcoe-Grey -.pdf file)

Kevin Psutka
President and CEO
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association
71 Bank St, 7th floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 5N2

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