Waterville/Kings County Municipal Airport

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Waterville/Kings County Municipal Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorWaterville Airport Cooperative Ltd.
Location Waterville, Nova Scotia
Time zone AST (UTC−04:00)
  Summer (DST)ADT (UTC−03:00)
Elevation  AMSL 119 ft / 36 m
Coordinates 45°03′07″N064°39′06″W / 45.05194°N 64.65167°W / 45.05194; -64.65167 Coordinates: 45°03′07″N064°39′06″W / 45.05194°N 64.65167°W / 45.05194; -64.65167
Website http://www.watervilleairport.com
Map
Canada Nova Scotia location map 2.svg
Airplane silhouette.svg
CCW3
Location in Nova Scotia
Runways
Direction LengthSurface
ftm
09/273,4981,066Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft movements6,102

Waterville/Kings County Municipal Airport, formerly TC LID : CCW3, was located adjacent to Waterville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Contents

Users

The Airport was home to a variety of commercial, public and recreational users including the company GFC Aircraft maintenance, the Annapolis Valley Flying Club, the Atlantic School of Skydiving and the Valley Search and Rescue organization. [3]

History

The airport was built in 1943 as an emergency airstrip for the air force base at Greenwood. It was sold in 1945 to private owners. A variety of private operators ran the airport until 1976 when it was purchased by the Municipality of Kings County. [4]

CFB Greenwood airport

Canadian Forces Base Greenwood, or CFB Greenwood, is a Canadian Forces Base located 1.5 nautical miles east of Greenwood, Nova Scotia. It is primarily operated as an air force base by the Royal Canadian Air Force and is one of two bases in the country using the CP-140 Aurora and CP-140A Arcturus anti-submarine/maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft. Its primary RCAF lodger unit is 14 Wing, commonly referred to as 14 Wing Greenwood.

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Closure

In March 2014, Kings County councillors voted to close the airport on 30 September in order to permit possible expansion of the Michelin tire factory immediately to the south of the runway. Michelin has not confirmed any expansion, but had previously stated that due to the "layout and location of its equipment" the only possible direction to expand would be the airport site. County Warden Diana Brothers stated the pre-emptive action served to avoid "[stifling] a chance for economic growth." and that "If we wait to move the airport first, which could be one or two years down the road, we may miss an opportunity with Michelin." [5]

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Warden Brothers also stated that provision of a new civilian airport for local aviators and aviation businesses might be made "so long as there is a positive business case to support relocating it". The airport was officially closed 1 April 2016 [6] and aircraft at the CCW3 were moved to CFB Greenwood, the Hillaton/Kings Airport, Stanley Airport and Halifax Airport.

Negotiations between the Canadian DND and Kings County has led to an agreement to allow civil aviation operations at CFB Greenwood. [5] A 25-year lease is to be signed after which there will be hangars built to house civilian aircraft based there. Operations at CFB Greenwood are managed by Freedom Aviation.

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References

  1. Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 15 August 2019 to 0901Z 10 October 2019.
  2. Total aircraft movements by class of operation
  3. "What is Here", Waterville Airport
  4. "History" Waterville Airport
  5. 1 2 DND (4 April 2016). "DND and Municipality sign agreement". Kings County News .
  6. Waterville Airport Closed !!