COPA Flights NewsFlash
Minister’s response on Waterville airport closure
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
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.
May 16, 2012
Dear COPA Flight Captains,
To distribute to your members,
Please watch this link
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.
from Kevin Psutka to Mr. Jim Wilson, MPP Simcoe-Grey -.pdf file)
President and CEO
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