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New Scotland Airfield Operating

Atlantic School of Skydiving is on Halifax Terminal frequency 118.7 during  operations at New Scotland airfield, South Maitland. If they are in the air, terminal will know and   a NOTAM is filed each day before operations.

Mostly jumping is from 10,000 feet , parachutes are normally in the air within 3 miles of the airfield and approach the airfield from the upwind side.

Coordinates are 45° 16’N, 63° 30’W, approximately 9 miles S of Debert or 21 miles E of Stanley.

Visitors are welcome and need to be aware of and give way to jumpers in the air and on the grass runway.

Dave Williamson will happily answer any questions that may arise.
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News of Freedom Aviation Society – CFB Greenwood Move

The following is a Letter to Tom McEwan CAO, MOK  – 14 January 2016:

“Regarding proposed 31 March 2016 access to 14 Wing Greenwood for general  aviation

Freedom Aviation Society (FAS) has been working with MOK and 14 Wing Greenwood staff to establish general aviation at CYZX by 31 March 2016.  14 Wing has been very supportive and cooperative in this effort.  Major Deutsch and I believe 14 Wing will be ready to establish general aviation activity by 31 March 2016.  This will include ability to fly in and out of the airport and secure outside parking for aircraft wishing to base there. It is anticipated to also include use of an office trailer for terminal building and washrooms until FAS is able to construct hanger and office buildings.  I also believe we will have 100LL available for purchase on site although I do not have that finalized.

If lease paperwork is delayed I have been assured 14 Wing will allow us to establish under provisional terms until the lease can be finalized with MOK.

There are 18 aircraft recommitted (Jan 2016) to operate at CYZX and another 3 that expressed interest in Dec 2014 (who have not yet contacted me this Jan) which I expect will want to.   Some of these will move 31 March 2016 and some will wait for construction of hangers to move.  These are all private aircraft with the exception of one commercial twin aircraft.   In addition to this there are 2 people who intend to purchase aircraft should we be successful accessing CYZX.  There are over 40 pilots supporting civilian aviation at CYZX including a large majority of CCW3 current users and some members of 14 Wing Greenwood.

Yarmouth airport has non heated hanger space for 6 to 8 small aircraft available for 31 March 2016 occupancy for those wanting a hanger while waiting for one to be constructed at CYZX which I have confirmed today.  The cost quoted was $150 per month per aircraft. First come first served bases.

There is confirmed demand for 6 heated and 6 cold storage hangers.  I believe we would require an additional 6 heated spaces  to accommodate maintenance, flight school, rental and temporary aircraft.

There is a charter company who will base the twin aircraft there that have additional aircraft based at Halifax allowing charters to be booked from CYZX.

A flight school operator is evaluating establishing a flight training and aircraft rental operation.

Governance in place now will continue until construction is complete at which time expanded depth of directors will be considered.

Potential;

The infrastructure at CYZX is capable of handling everything from small aircraft to large passenger, cargo and of course military aircraft.  For the most part anything that Halifax can. The weather is better for flying there than any airport in NS.  There is a large amount of ground space not utilized.  Air traffic control is capable of handling significant increases in volumn.

The cost to access CYZX  infrastructure is very reasonable when compared to owning an airport.  On going costs to use CYZX are significantly less than operating your own airport.

Air cadets base their power and glider aircraft maintenance at CYZX and could gain savings from operating their training there.  This is a “built in potential” for general aviation expansion.

14 Wing air traffic control has already stated the general aviation activity would be an advantage to them.   There are many more operations at CYZX that could hold potential for expanded activity on the general aviation side.

This would be a great start to building significant aviation economic activity in Kings County.

However,

Not one dollar of this will happen unless MOK votes to support establishment of general aviation at CYZX by signing the main lease with 14 Wing and funding the initial infrastructure.   By doing this MOK, 14 Wing Greenwood and the aviation community will have a great general aviation start at CYZX.  User fees received from the aviation community will pay for ongoing costs.  MOK will be planting a seed with potential to expand.

I know unlocking this potential has risk.  The most significant is what future expansion will be allowed by 14 Wing.  There is evidence at several other airports in Canada and the United States that military and civilian aviation can thrive together.

Freedom Aviation Society, 14 Wing Greenwood, Minister of National Defense, over 40 pilots and 20 aircraft are all committed to establish general aviation operations at CYZX.  As stated by councilor Atwater, “ I can not think of a better partner to have than 14 Wing Greenwood (Canada) can you?”.

Thank you for everyone who played a part in making this possible.  I encourage every MOK councilor to vote yes on 19 Jan.

Paul Easson
Chairman
Freedom Aviation Society”

Municipality of Kings Letter to TC Closing CCW3 in March

The following link is to a letter from Chief Administrative Officer of the Municipality of Kings (MOK) to Transport Canada.  It affirms that all flight  operations at the Kings County Airport will be suspended on 31 March, 2016.

The site for Civil Aviation at CFB Greenwood is not ready for use and it is not clear that it will be available by the 31 March closing date.  The MOK refused to extend the closure date to allow the aviators smooth transition to  the new site.

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Kings County to force the remnants of the Waterville airport to only look to going to CFB Greenwood

On 26th July the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the King County Council, Mr. MacEwan, posted a disertata and proposals (22 pages) called ‘Airport Relocation Stategy’ for the council to consider. You can read it at – Click Here for direct link

On the 29th of July In a four hour session, discussion among the Municipality of Kings councillors, several pointed out defects in the proposal, including abandonment of established processes and attempts to stiffle democratic rights. The proposal was presented only two days before the session and the public has not been included in the discussions.  All the arguments fell on deaf ears with respect to six of the councillors who had already made up their minds. The porposal was passed in a six for and five against vote. 

Only after the vote was the public at the meeting allowed offer their input to the proposal. The majority of which was condemnation of the process and the action taken that night and in previous council meetings about the airport. 

Basically, the ‘Strategy’ says

  • The Council reaffirms that Waterville Airport is closing
  • Disengages the MOK for any new airport facility
  • MOK only supports negotiate to relocate the airport to 14 Wing Greenwood
  • Delay closing of Waterville Airport to 2015 only if aviators take over the relocation. to Greenwood
  • The Airport Relocation Committeee is dissolved.

The CAO in his presentation before the discussion and vote, admitted that there is a flaw in the ‘Strategy’ in that the negotiation with CFB Greenwood may not be able to be concluded.  In that case, he allowed that ‘he’ would reconsider the possiblity of a different solution to the relocation of the airport.

It should be noted that on the original vote to close the Waterville airport, 10 of the 11 councillors voted for closure. In this vote only six of the 11 voted for the motion that reaffirmed closure. 

Stop-Airport-Closure Pamphlets and Signs

Save Your Airport BillboardSoon you will see these signs around Kings County to urge residents to contact their councilors to urge then to preserve avaiation in the region by not closing the Waterville airport. We have ordered 50 signs that will be available soon.


Below is a copy of the informational pamphlet that will be used to inform the public of the closure of the airport. Click on the image to download a pdf version that can be printed.

Stop Closure of Airport pamphlet