Twice last week at the Peterborough Airport, drones were spotted by pilots in close proximity to aircraft while they were flying around the airport, according to Peterborough Police.
“This is a concern for the safety of the aircraft and the safety of the pilots,” says Lisa Davidson, Peterborough Airport Manager. “If a drone is struck in flight, resulting in a mid-air collision, it could cause the pilot to lose control of the aircraft, or seriously damage the plane causing an emergency situation.”
“The safety at the airport is jeopardized every time a person operates a drone, disregarding the rules that allow both planes and drones to operate safely,” adds Davidson. “Drones are not allowed to be operated within 5.6 km of an airport.”
The drone was spotted at approximately 1000′ above the ground both times it was spotted and was operating dangerously close to aircraft flying in the circuit.
“In one instance the drone was noted to be black and orange in colour with flashing lights, which shows how close the drone was to the pilot in that case,” says Davidson. In both instances, Peterborough Police were called and responded to the airport to assist with trying to find the location of the drone operator.
“Flying drones in close proximity to an airport and other aircraft is extremely dangerous, irresponsible and illegal,” says Inspector John Lyons, Operations Division, Peterborough Police Service.
“We encourage anyone with information regarding persons engaged in this behaviour to contact police or Crime Stoppers,” adds Lyons.
Transport Canada states that drones are aircraft—which makes the person operating the drone a pilot. When flying the drone, you’re sharing the skies with other drones and aircraft. Before flying, the public needs to understand the rules. For more information on drone safety, click here.
Marking Canada’s 150th birthday will be a special occasion this year at Peterborough Airport, as the general public is invited to join them in celebrating the milestone with vintage, military and civil aircraft on display.
The event, called “Flying Fortress Week”, will take place at Peterborough Airport from July 10th to 16th and is sponsored by the Peterborough Destination Association.
Starting on Monday July 10th, a World War II B-17G Flying Fortress bomber named Sentimental Journey will be on display and ground tours will be available for the public for a small donation to the Commemorative Air Force (on-site) during the entire week.
Flights on the B-17 will take place on Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th. TIckets for flights and additional information on the B-17 are available here.
On Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th, the B-17G bomber will be joined by various vintage, military and civil aircraft for public display.
The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) will also participate in the event with a “Fly-in”, and their members will have their aircraft on display.
The Loomex Group will have their jet simulator on display. The jet simulator is used for large scale emergency exercises that include airport staff and response agencies.
Scenic flights will be available on Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th with one of the local flight schools, WM Aeroflight.
For more information, call the Peterborough Airport at 705.743.6708.
On a beautiful last day of April on Saturday, more than 5,000 trees were planted by 300 scout groups on YPQ lands in collaboration with Otonabee Regional Conservation Authority.
"This was a great way of protecting the environment on airport lands," Airport Manager Trent Gervais tells PTBOCanada. "It helped provide an understanding to kids on the importance of getting outdoors and seeing what a small difference they can make to protect the environment for the future."
On Friday (April 15th), the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament for Peterborough–Kawartha, announced an investment of up to $4.87 million for an expansion at Flying Colours Corp.
A global aviation services company, Flying Colours Corp. retrofits a range of aircrafts and provides fully customized aircraft interiors, outfitted with the latest technologies and state-of-the-art electronic equipment. This repayable contribution, through FedDev Ontario’s Investing in Business Growth and Productivity initiative, is for the construction of a 100,000-square foot hangar at the Peterborough Airport.
The new facility will enable Flying Colours Corp. to take on work for larger airplanes and will help the company address the increasing global demand for customized aircraft retrofitting.
“The Government of Canada’s investment in Flying Colours Corp. shows that we are committed to strengthening the manufacturing and aerospace sectors by helping companies, like Flying Colours, become more innovative, competitive and successful," says MP Monsef. "Today’s announcement is supporting a stronger, more competitive economy in this region.”
This investment in the Peterborough area is expected to have spillover benefits for more than 200 Ontario-based suppliers within the Flying Colour Corp. supply chain.
-> With a total project cost of $20.15 million, this project will leverage a $1.2-million investment from the Government of Ontario and more than $14 million from private sector investment. The project is also expected to create up to 50 skilled manufacturing, engineering, management and technical field full-time equivalent jobs.
-> Established in 1994, Flying Colours Corp. previously received a repayable contribution of up to $900,000 from FedDev Ontario to expand its facilities and acquire new equipment. The successful completion of this project resulted in 37 new jobs and has positively benefited the surrounding community
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Stewart Tours has announced the launch of their 2016 Peterborough Charter departures out of Peterborough Airport.
The destinations and dates are as follows...
Kentucky Derby -> May 5th-8th, 2016
Nashville -> May 12th-15th, 2016
New Orleans -> June 2016
Boston -> October 13th-16th, 2016
For more information or to book, contact Stewart Tours at 705.743.8683.
UPDATE: April 9th. The historic flight has landed at Peterborough Airport! Here are pictures...
Carlson Wagonlit Stewart Travel has announced a Porter Airlines charter from Peterborough Airport to Chicago. Porter Airlines has been contracted to fly from Peterborough Airport to Chicago Midway Airport April 9th. Once again, this is a first for Peterborough and Peterborough Airport, as the popularity of flights to destinations directly from Peterborough’s newly expanded airport has made this new partnership a reality.
CWT/Stewart Travel has chartered a 74 passenger Bombardier Q400 aircraft, enabling passengers to experience Porter's impeccable and innovative service.
“We continue to raise the bar and build upon the foundation of our charter flight and package program directly from Peterborough Airport," says Scott Stewart, President of Carlson Wagonlit Stewart Travel, adding, "The entire Peterborough, Lakeshore and Durham regions have clearly shown that the demand for departures out of Peterborough is necessary."
For additional information about the flight or to book one, contact CWT Stewart Travel at 705.743.8683.
Passengers waiting at Peterborough Airport for Canadian North to take them to New York City!
The Loomex Group, best known for their operation of the Peterborough Airport and the new Seneca College Peterborough Campus, broke ground on their new 22,000 square foot building located at the Peterborough Airport. The building will be home to the majority of the 22 Loomex employees from their three divisions: Loomex Property Management, Loomex Training and Consulting, and Loomex Communications & Consulting. The new building will also have office space for rent to tenants who are interested in being located at the airport—making it an incubator for aviation businesses. The new building is slated to be open in early 2015.
PGA TOUR Canada players were at the Wildfire Invitational near Peterborough this weekend.
Beforehand, a few took the time to tee it up down a runway at Peterborough Airport for a long drive contest like no other.
Watch as golf balls take flight there...