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Runway Plan with Michelin Incurion on Airport Land

 Peter Rouleau mentioned this as a possiblity and Art Patton created this image of the airport with a modified runway using Google Earth.

Waterville Airport with drawing of an alternate runway leaving room for an expansion north by the Michelin tire plant.

The attached photo is my playing with Google Earth. IF Michelin were to expand only the main building 250 feet north then at the eastern end of that building moving the center line of the runway 250 ft. north would result in the longest red line shown. the next lines out in each direction represent the runway strip and the next lines out each side are where up to 30 ft. high trees/buildings, whatever would not enter the 20% slope transition zone. It would take some work, fill etc. but could be done cheaper than building a new airport. All hangars etc could remain and only minor taxiway adjustments would be needed. Again this is very rough but suggests a possibility.

Art Patton

Kings County Airport Task Force of the AVFA.

Event: 10 March -The Kings County Council had voted to close the Waterville Airport on 30 Sept 2014
See – Closure Announcement here

The AVFA met on the 16th of March in Waterville to discuss what to do as a result of the Kings County Council’s decision to close the Waterville Airport next September. There were about 40 aviators and friends present.  A taskforce was established to plan for the future, whether by trying to get an extension of the closing date, by planning for a new airport for the region or other solution. The taskforce plans to work on these and more. See the Taskforce Pages in the menu above for more details.  If you are interesting in helping in the process, please fill in a form on the Taskforce Page and send it to Christoph Both

Kings County Airport to be closed by Council

 On Monday, March 10, 2014, the Kings County Municipal Council met in a closed meeting and then voted to close the Waterville (Kings County Airport). No reasons have been given for the closing other than to say it will make way for a ‘possible’ expansion of the Michelin Tire Plant.  The council seems to keep saying Michelin will use the land but Michelin has said publically that it has no plans to expand the Waterville plant.


The following is from http://www.kingscountynews.ca/

Waterville airport to close

County council voted 10-1 in favour of closing the municipal airport in Waterville during a special meeting held tonight.

The closure will take effect Sept. 30. The county has pledged to undertake a business case for a new airport.

Councillor Patricia Bishop told council she would not support the closure due to the process it took to reach the decision.


For an excellent report of the process behind this decision see Councilor Pauline Raven’s Blog   Behind Closed Doors 2


The Airport is a valuable part of the county infrastructure and has been been in operation off and on since World War II. Kings County took over the airport in 1975 with funds from the federal government.  It’s operations were improved with a grant from the federal government to extend the taxiway a few years ago. The Greenwood Flight School moved here and operates an active business training and repairing aircraft. Many aircraft owners have invested in the airport by building hangers at the airport. There is no other civil airport with a paved runway between Debert and Digby.  There is concern that their investment will now cost them money. See Hanger Owners want help with Airport Move.

All of this will be lost with this decision by the council. 

To replace (move) the airport will be a very expensive business. 

  • Land will have to be purchased
  • The land will have to be cleared and leveled
  • Runways and buildings will have to be built
  • Businesses and users will have to be attracted to the new location

The study that was recently done on the airport suggests a cost on the order of 10 million dollars.  The County does not have that money and will have to get it from other sources.  In reality, it is likely that the Kings County will have no airport any time soon.