Summer, 2004 “Gateway to Vancouver Island” Volume 9, Number 2
STUDENTS A HIT
The largest-ever emergency response
exercise at Nanaimo Airport May 14 was
a valuable learning tool, Airport
Safety/Security Officer Doug Fern said.
The exercise, dubbed Sparticus, and
mandated every five years by Transport
Canada, involved police, ambulances,
medical personnel from Nanaimo, two
fire departments, airport personnel and
more than 50 students from Ladysmith
The scenario that unfolded that after-
noon involved an incoming flight from
Kamloops (an old school bus was used to
simulate the aircraft), aboard which a
disgruntled passenger held a passenger
while threatening to blow up the plane.
When his demands were not met after
landing, he detonated the bomb and set
the stage for the emergency response
teams to move in.
North Oyster and Cranberry Fire
Departments struck down the ensuing fire
and members of the RCMP Emergency
Response Team advanced on the ruins of
the aircraft to find the bomber dead. Doug Fern
Injured passengers were removed by Airport Security
police and ambulance workers and taken
to a field hospital set up in a hangar. worked for months
Ladysmith Secondary School stu- planning the event.
dents, cosmetically made up to look like Following a de-
they were injured, got right into the pro- briefing session a few
gram and the cries of the injured could be days later, Doug said
heard all the way to the Terminal build- consensus was that
ing. everyone had learned a
The logistics of the exercise were huge lot and that Nanaimo
and airport personnel, led by Airport is a safer place
Safety/Security Officer Doug Fern, because of the it.
The Martin Mars (moored right here in
B.C. at Sprout Lake) is the world's largest
operational flying boat. With a wing-span
of 200 feet, length of 120 feet, gross
weight of 162,000 pounds and a water
load of 60,000 pounds, it’s no wonder
that the four Wright Cyclone engines
combined consume 650 gallons of fuel
Sharks must swim to live. The forward
motion of a shark forces water through Addition will house electronic screening equipment
the mouth and over the gills. It they don't
swim… they "suffocate".
Addition to Terminal to provide
1st Beaver flight
The DH Beaver was first flown in full, pre-boarding screening
1947 by Russ Bannock. Full, pre-board screening comes to a washroom in the pre-board room.
Nanaimo Airport in July. The addition will also make for a
Ladies first Construction of a 270-square meter smoother flow of passenger traffic within
The oldest aviation association in the (2900 sq. ft.) addition to the south end of the Terminal. Departing passengers will
United States is the Ninety Nines, an the Terminal building is expected to be leave from a new gate at the south end of
international association of women pilots completed by then. The addition is being the building, incoming passengers will
founded in November of 1929. funded by the Canadian Air Transporta- continue to use the north end.
tion Security Authority (CATSA) and will Equipment and pre-board screening
KLM oldest house a passenger pre-board hold room processes are being implemented in all
The oldest airline in the world today is and a baggage make-up room. The addi- Canadian airports where there is sched-
KLM. tion has been designed to accommodate a uled air service and result from the 2001
second floor. terrorist attack in the U.S.
1st class different Main purpose of the addition is to Nanaimo is one of the first regional
The Vanguard was the primary aircraft streamline the boarding process and airports in the West to receive the equip-
of Trans Canada Airlines. First-class on a address passenger concerns, among them ment.
Vanguard was different from today's first
class ––it was at the rear of the aircraft.
Unreliability of winter flights
Remember Yeager? could be thing of past by 2005
In 1947, Bell Aircraft designed the
first experimental aircraft to break the Nanaimo Airport is moving closer to Design, Nav Canada, has said WAAS will
sound barrier. Chuck Yeager flew at an providing more reliable service during take Canadian aviation into a new era.
altitude of 43,000 feet and blasted winter months. The system was approved in the U.S. in
through the sound barrier at 698 mph in New flight approaches to the airport 2003 and the satellite signal utilized today
the Bell X-1. that are required to facilitate the Global in Washington State and Alaska is avail-
Positioning Wide-Area Augmentation able in B.C. All that is needed is Canadi-
Sikorsky first System (GPS-WAAS) have been com- an approval, expected in 2005.
The helicopter designer, Sikorsky, pleted and are expected to be flight-tested Nav Canada is working with the FAA
designed the first aircraft with four in June by Air Canada Jazz Chief Pilot in the U.S. to expand WAAS coverage
engines. It was called Le Grand. Anthony McKay and Ed McDonald, the throughout all of Canada and with Trans-
JetPro consultant who designed them. port Canada on the regulatory aspects of
Caterpillar Club Once the approaches have been approved operations.
If you survive an emergency bail-out by Nav Canada and Transport Canada, WAAS uses a network of reference
from a disabled aircraft you are eligible to Nanaimo Airport will be ready to receive stations that monitor GPS satellite signals
join the Caterpillar Club. The club was the system, expected to become the new and sends data to a master station, which
established in the 1920s and named for industry standard. creates a message containing corrections
the silk worm, which produces the mate- GPS-WAAS will not only provide the and integrity data. The data provides hor-
rial used to make parachutes. You must airport with a precision instrument land- izontal and vertical accuracy that is usual-
provide a written statement from a wit- ing capability, something it has never had, ly better than two meters. The integrity
ness that states the jump was necessary it will also deliver new operational and portion of the message provides assur-
due to an emergency. safety benefits. ance that the aircraft will not be misled by
Ross Bowie, Director, ANS Service a faulty satellite signal.
Things are looking brighter in the avi-
ation industry and this means the econo-
my is looking better… good news.
Our passenger traffic last year showed
a 9.8 percent increase over 2002 and so
far this year we are up four percent over
2003. As well, Air Canada seems to have
resolved some of its issues and a number Cockpit challenge/ Cockpit of Ray Collishaw's World War II aircraft (a
of airlines and private investors are look- replica) and that of a modern, home-built (center) demonstrates how
ing at becoming involved with Nanaimo aviation has changed since the 1914-18 era.
There are a number of major projects VARIETY OF AIRCRAFT AT FLY-IN
underway here but our No. 1 priority Nanaimo Flying Club’s annual Fly-In June 5-6 attracted private aircraft from around
remains the same ––airport reliability. the coast. Aside from the fact the Fly-By of the Ladysmith Centennial celebrations had
JetPro, of Winnipeg, has been con- to be cancelled when poor weather moved in on some U.S. airports and many visitors
tracted to study and implement new GPS decided to leave for home, the Fly-In was considered a huge success.
plates for the airport as well as develop A Martin Mars water bomber provided a fly-over of the airfield and Ladysmith Har-
and spearhead the implementation of bour, a Cormorant helicopter, from Comox Search & Rescue, put on a 20-minute
GPS-WAAS procedures. Boiled down, demonstration in front of the club house and the popular B.C. close-formation Fraser
this means we expect to overcome relia- Blues demonstration team thrilled the Ladysmith population gathered at the beach to
bility problems, hopefully in 2005. Initial mark the town’s 100th birthday.
studies and plates have been completed
and JetPro, with the aid of Air Canada
Jazz will soon fly and confirm safety and Nanaimo Airport fared better
Other priorities include access to the than average during 2003
airport from the Trans Canada Highway, By most measures, 2003 was a good the Town of Ladysmith, Regional District
implementation of full security screening, year for Nanaimo Airport. of Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley Regional
implementation of Transport Canada’s This was the word from Chairman District, the Greater Nanaimo Chamber
Airport Emergency Intervention Services Brian Smith at the airport commission’s of Commerce and three members
regulation and airport zoning regulations. annual general meeting. appointed by the Commission from the
Highway access is a main concern of Passenger numbers were up almost 10 community at large.
the public. Options have been narrowed percent over 2002, the airport’s operating Airport annual revenue must offset
and a solution may be at hand after meet- surplus was well above budget, $750,000 annual operating expenses. In 2003 the
ings with Highways and the Regional in capital projects was completed, nine of airport realized net revenue of $275,662
District of Nanaimo. the objectives listed in the Strategic Plan from gross revenue of $1.3-million.
A new passenger holdroom, now were achieved and significant progress Operating and administrative costs
under construction, should be operational was made on many others. decreased for a third consecutive year,
by mid-July. There were a few construc- Smith said Nav Canada’s decision not but airline insolvencies affected the 2003
tion surprises but in all, we are pleased to install an Instrument Landing System net revenue.
with the progress of Kenetic and the was a major disappointment. But Nav
supervisory talents of Darcy Mattson Canada said Nanaimo Airport would be Nanaimo Skies
from CJP Architects. among the first to receive the new Global is published four times annually by the
The Emergency Intervention program Positioning Wide-Area Augmentation Nanaimo Airport Commission,
hit a snag recently when new Transport System (GPS-WAAS) when it is PO Box 149, Cassidy, B.C., VOR 1HO
Minister Tony Valeri deferred implemen- approved for use in Canada, likely next
tation until December, 2005, so the indus- Brian Smith, Chair.
year. David Hunter, AAE,
try and regulators can take a "sober sec- GPS will achieve approach limits sim- Airport General Manager.
ond look.” This leaves us in a bit of a bind ilar to those offered by ILS at a mere frac- Tel 250-245-2157; Fax 245-4308
because we were out front with imple- tion of the cost, greatly enhancing the air- email: email@example.com
mentation, but now face expenses that website: www.nanaimo-airport.com
port’s reliability during winter months.
other airports can defer 18 months. Nanaimo Airport is owned and operat-
We have trained personnel, our fire ed by the Nanaimo Airport Commission,
intervention vehicle is being built and we a not-for-profit authority. The Commis-
have let tenders for the construction of a sion is made up of eight directors with
building to house the truck. one member from the City of Nanaimo, (Printed in Canada)
Airport Manager, 245-4191
Airport Operations, 245-2160
Airport Administrator, 245-2157
Airport Security, 245-7093
Air Canada Jazz, 1-888-247-2262
Air Canada Jazz, Cargo, 245-7123
NAV Canada Flight Service, 245-4032
Petro-Value (Fuel) Products,
Tony and Heesook Zuger enjoy their new business Aircraft Sales & Leasing
Venture Aviation, 245-3499
Life at the airport is interesting, Aircraft Maintenance
say new owners of café Cassidy Aircraft Maintenance, 245-4200
Catalina Aero Services, 245-9587
The Connections Café at Nanaimo pany in Switzerland. He was with the Taylor Aircraft Maintenance, 245-5539
Airport has new owners. company 30 years and has lived in
Tony and Heesook Zuger took over Nanaimo for eight. Restaurant/Recreational
from Sam Sadana May 1and are enjoying How is it that he moved from Switzer- Connections Cafe, 245-7096
being part of the airport family. land to Nanaimo? Cottonwood Golf Course, 245-5157
Tony was retired in Nanaimo, or so he “I visited the Island a number of times Arbutus RV, 245-3858
thought he was retired until Heesook told and knew I wanted to retire here,” he
him she wanted to own a small restau- laughs. Car Rentals
rant/coffee shop. At about the same time, “We like living in Nanaimo and we are Hertz Car Rental, 245-8818
Sam announced he wanted to sell because really enjoying being part of the airport. Budget Car/Truck Rental, 245-8733
of failing health. It’s different and interesting.” National Car Rental, 245-2636
Prior to coming to Canada, Tony Tony said as a boy he wanted to be a
worked as a computer engineer and pro- pilot. His new adventure doesn’t fulfill Ground Transportation
ject manager for a large, insurance com- his dream, but it’s close enough, he said. AC Taxi, 753-12311
Nanaimo Airport Shuttle Service,
Swiftsure Taxi, 753-8911
Learn to fly
Vital Aviation, 245-5959
Aquasan Investments, 904-673-0573
Buffalo Hangars, 246-2230
Island Structures, 755-1108
Kanaka Management, 756-9219
Mustang Hangars, 758-5733
Nanaimo Flying Club, 245-3620
NFC Hangars, 245-7105
Nigro Associates, 702-247-1920
Spitfire Hangars, 756-3925
Wildcat Hangars, 756-9161
Nanaimo Airport is an independent
On tour/ The girls’ soccer team, from Ladysmith, The Bad News Babes, was airport, owned and operated by
given an airport tour recently by General-Manager David Hunter. Staff con-
the Nanaimo Airport Commission.
ducts about 12 tours a year; one was for a group from Guyana last Spring.