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					Summer, 2004                           “Gateway to Vancouver Island”     Volume 9, Number 2
 exercise was
 ‘learning tool’
    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
Secondary School.
    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.
         DID YOU
   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
per hour.

       Sharks suffocate
   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.
                   General Manager

    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:
mentation, but now face expenses that                                                             website:
                                               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 Administration
                                                                                               Airport Manager, 245-4191
                                                                                              Airport Operations, 245-2160
                                                                                             Airport Administrator, 245-2157
                                                                                               Airport Security, 245-7093

                                                                                                Commercial Carriers
                                                                                            Air Canada Jazz, 1-888-247-2262
                                                                                            Air Canada Jazz, Cargo, 245-7123

                                                                                                  Aviation Support
                                                                                          NAV Canada Flight Service, 245-4032
                                                                                             Environment/Canada Weather
                                                                                                245-8877 (automated)
                                                                                             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

                                                                                                  Hangar Facilities
                                                                                           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.

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