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Good runway conditions (summer 2020)

I flex into Alexandria just after 9:00 am today. It was my first visit in over 15 years. I checked NOTAMs beforehand for paradrops, and monitored the frequency from about 20 min to to confirm there wasn't any activity.

The grass runway is mowed nice and short, but the ground underneath is slightly unevenโ€”not dangerously so, but you'll do a bit of dune-buggy-style bouncing over the undulations on landing, even at minimum speed, so keep the yoke back in your lap after landing in a nosedragger.

It was firm and dry, though, and even without a headwind to help, my 160 hp PA-28 needed only a bit over half of the 2,200 ft for landing and for takeoff (after backtracking).

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Video of runway conditions

August 2017 (I think the order is Runway 24, 12, then 36):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CSepmKq_D8

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Contact info

From COPA Places to Fly (updated 2017):

Thomas Smith

+1-613-835-2792

tcssmith@xplorenet.com

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re: Al Ain Airport Ain District, Shabwa Governorate, Yemen

Reply to @Abdullah_Almosaabi: Thank you. Is this actually a duplicate of https://ourairports.com/airports/VG5W/ ?

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Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752

On 8 January 2020, during a time of military tension with the U.S., Iran accidentally shot down a passenger jet departing IKA with 176 people on board (including 57 Canadians).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine_International_Airlines_Flight_752

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Closed

According to a problem report: "The airport is now used by BMW for automotive purposes, among other things."

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Airline service resumes after 4 years

According to a UN bulletin, a Yemenia Airways flight arrived from Cairo on 27 November 2019, the first scheduled flight into the airport since 2015. (Yemen is currently in a state of civil war, and represents the world's most-severe humanitarian crisis, with over 20 million people in need of emergency assistance.)

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re: Correction to data

Runway data updated.

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re: (no subject)

Reply to @Mohsen: Thanks for the info -- I've made it into a problem report. Because this airport is in a disputed territory, I'd like to confirm the ICAO code before changing it. Do you have a link to a source?

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Offshore wind farm

This platform is part of an offshore North Sea wind farm with a planned 600 MW capacity.

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re: Multiple IATA/ICAO codes

Reply to @dmomper: Right now, there's no capability, but I've added "LSZM" and the extra IATA codes to the keywords, so that they'll at least show up in searches.

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re: No Southwest Airlines?

We've removed the routes, because we didn't have a good way to keep them up to date.

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re: new info

Reply to @Jan_Olieslagers: Updated the airport name and code, and added a link to the Wikipedia article.

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Uninhabited island

This island in the Pacific Ocean is uninhabited (except by occasional expeditions or cast-aways), and is a direct possession of France rather than part of one of its overseas territories. It does not belong to any Region or Department.

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re: Location

Reply to @Bill35: Updated.

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Second World War hangar

Photos of the British Commonwealth Air Training Programme hangar (and some WWII graffiti) here:

https://twitter.com/david_megginson/status/1186388312224944130

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Use the grass runways

The runway pavement surface is in bad shape, except for a small strip down the middle of 08/26. Use the grass surface beside each runway, which is well maintained (it was no problem for my nose-dragging PA-28).

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re: Another Ukraien International Airport!

I assume it at least has customs for private aircraft.

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re: NDB URV Frequency Change to 390 kHz

Updated to 390 KHz: https://ourairports.com/navaids/URV/Varder_NDB_CU/

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Varadero's original airport

This was once the main airport for Varadero, but MUVR (VRA) has largely supplanted it.

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re: Gone

Reply to @jidanni: Marked as closed. Thanks for the update.

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Road crossing runway

From the Wikipedia article:

"Winston Churchill Avenue (the main road heading towards the land border with Spain) intersects the airport runway, and consequently has to be closed every time a plane lands or departs."

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Shared zone and frequency with Les Cรจdres

This airport is only a few miles to the north of the busier Les Cรจdres/Cedars (CSS3), and shares a common zone and ATF frequency of 123.5 MHz (also the frequency for Ottawa/Rockcliffe CYRO, so it gets busy).

Like Les Cรจdres, it's under Montreal Terminal's class C shelf, so if you're VFR, you need to stay below 2,000 ft MSL unless you're talking to them. It's a flat area with lots of fields and no high towers, so low flight isn't a problem.

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The runway's not as bad as it looks

The runway looks like a patchwork quilt of different shades of asphalt when you're on approach, but the surface is actually fine.

If you're VFR, note that you need to stay below 2,000 ft MSL unless you talk to Montreal Terminal (and they're often too busy to talk much, though they try to accomodate). The land is flat, there are no high towers in the area, and there are fields for emergency landing in every direction, so it's not really a problem flying around at 1,500 ft until you're out from under the class C shelf.

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Health screening during the 2014-15 Ebola crisis

When I visited in 2015 during the Ebola crisis, there was fairly strict health screening in place. We had our temperatures taken before we entered the terminal building by local authorities (common at all public buildings), then again before we boarded the Air France flight, by a security team from France. On arrival at CDG, we were checked again exiting the plane, then those of us who had started our trips in Ebola-affected countries were pulled off the Paris-Montreal flight first, while all other passengers were forced to remain seated, and given a checkup by a public health nurse.

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Mountain (sort-of)

The mountain (by eastern standards) is just behind the field, and looms large when you're crossing overhead from the south to join the downwind for 08. It's good to warn any passengers that you'll appear to be flying straight towards the trees.

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Still open (2019)

If flew in again this spring. Yes, it's still here. The airport is a bit shabby and run-down, but you can't beat it for convenienceโ€”just a quick short distance away from the centre of the city.

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Prior permission required

Corporation Aรฉrodrome St-Andrรฉ-Avellin 819-983-8454

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re: (no subject)

Reply to @gabiLi: Thanks for letting us know! I've gone ahead and made the change.

In the future, if you notice airport info that needs updating, you're also welcome to make the change yourself, using the edit button at the top right of the map.

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Airline service

Gatineau Airport has scheduled service by Air Liason:

http://airliaison.ca/en/

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re: LFSL

Reply to @Tgd: Thanks for the update! We're a community-driven initiative, and if you have time, you are very welcome to edit the airport entry to make the changes. If not, then hopefully one of our other volunteers will have a chance to get to it.

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Esri

This airport is near Esri, who are generously supplying the satellite imagery for OurAirports and other community web mapping applications:

https://www.esri.com

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Brant Aero

I had a good experience getting an avionics upgrade for my Piper at Brant Aero in 2017:

https://brantaero.com/

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AIrcraft Spruce Canada

The Canadian location for the popular pilot-supply shop Aircraft Spruce is here:

https://www.aircraftspruce.ca

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DC-3 (BT-67 conversion) landing at Rockcliffe

I took this video today: https://youtu.be/nPqeOn62x9M

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The lost villages

To the east of here, along the St Lawrence River, you can see the old Highway 2, several sideroads, and even some village street grids and lots under the water. They were submerged with the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959, and flying over them is still an interesting (and creepy) experience.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lost_Villages

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Procedures: summer glider ops for air cadets

[copied from Facebook]

The Air Cadets Gliding Operations have commenced for the Fall season at Smiths Falls flying Club on weekends.

When Air Cadet Glider Ops are in progress there is no inactive side of the circuit. Gliders and Tow Planes do right hand circuits and use both the main and grass Runway. The Glider โ€œzoneโ€ extends up to 3,000 ft on the โ€œinactiveโ€ side.

Joining the circuit from inactive side should be avoided, coordinate with Glider Ops on 122.7 if unsure. Joining the circuit straight into downwind is highly recommended.

Phillip Johnson

Smiths Falls Flying Club

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UP train to downtown is great

When I was stranded here for 30 hours after a missed connection (see my previous comment), I was about to look for an airport hotel, when I remembered that it's just as fast and easy to get downtown now that the UP Train is running. I remember when downtown was an hour++ and a $75 taxi ride; now its a few bucks and a 25-minute ride on a train that runs every 15 minutes. You'd be insane to stay at the crappy airport hotels these days; you'd probably spend more time waiting for their shuttle than just riding the UP Train to civilisation.

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Don't transfer here

This is a great airport for people living in/near the GTA, but it's an awful one for connections, because when it shuts down for a thunderstorm (etc), it takes hours to recover. I was connecting from Ottawa to Copenhagen, sat for a 3-hour ground hold in Ottawa, missed my connection in Toronto, stood in line for 2 hours waiting for the chronically-understaffed (and ironically-named) Air Canada courtesy counter, and had to fight hard to avoid being moved to a flight 48 hours later. When things go wrong at YYZ, they go wrong badly, and it takes the airport a long time to recover.

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Don't linger

I've traveled to and through here quite a bit over the past few years, because of work. It's an OK terminal, but it's not designed for you to linger anywhere (until your gate is open). Just keep moving.

Also, food vendors ask to see your boarding pass, which is a bit strange.

Train connections are excellent. Don't even *think* about getting into Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, etc any other way.

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Nice brunch

I flew myself to CYRQ on Father's Day. It's still a nice, friendly airport. The staff don't mind you parking (for free) even if you're not buying fuel. The restaurant had a great Sunday brunch and a big crowd.

I did manage to generate my first CADORS report on my way home, when I had a full avionics-stack failure in IMC and had to follow lost-comms procedures into Ottawa Terminal airspace: https://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/Saf-Sec-Sur/2/cadors-screaq/rd.aspx?cno%3d2019O1489%26dtef%3d%26dtet%3d2019-06-18%26otp%3d-1%26ftop%3d%253e%253d%26ftno%3d0%26ijop%3d%253e%253d%26ijno%3d0%26olc%3d%26prv%3d-1%26rgn%3d-1%26tsbno%3d%26tsbi%3d-1%26arno%3d%26ocatno%3d%26ocatop%3d1%26oevtno%3d%26oevtop%3d1%26evtacoc%3d3%26fltno%3d%26fltr%3d-1%26cars%3d-1%26acat%3d-1%26nar%3d%26aiddl%3d-1%26aidxt%3d%26optdl%3d-1%26optcomt%3d%26optseq%3d%26optxt%3d%26opdlxt%3dResults%2bwill%2bappear%2bin%2bthis%2blist%26mkdl%3d-1%26mkxt%3d%26mdldl%3d-1%26mdlxt%3d%26cmkdl%3dC%26cmkxt%3d%26rt%3dQR%26hypl%3dy%26cnum%3d2019O1489

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Easy transit into the city

Copenhagen no longer has Uber. Taxis are slow and insanely expensive. The Metro is cheap, fast, and will take you right into the downtown train station, or (with a single, easy transfer) to the UN offices and the cruise ship port.

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No drinking water, but very nice

I visited again earlier this month, after nearly 10 years. There's a drinking water spout that's shut down, and a picnic table courtesy of the Cornwall Flying Club. It's still one of my favourite little airports to visit (so quiet). I put some photos here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0MUsUKAbWL/

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re: NDB CCY 375 SHUTDOWN

Thanks. We're probably going to be removing the navaid information soon, because it's too hard to keep up to date with VORs and NDBs being decommissioned so fast. I'll miss them.

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re: RWY Number changed

Reply to @M320FR: thank you! I've updated the runway.

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re: (no subject)

Reply to @rogler: thank you! I've changed the URL to match the new ICAO.

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re: RWY 01/19

Thank you! I've updated them in the database.

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Info from 1977

According to a 1977 CFS, runway 17/35 was gravel, 3500ร—75 ft, and had right hand circuits for rwy 35. The airport sold 100 octane fuel. NORDO aircraft had to stay south of the railroad tracks to the north of the field landing 17 or departing 35. The airport operator was Hull Air Services Ltd in Masson.

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Taxi

Taxi to Dublin Centre was EUR 27, which is comparable to Uber.

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Don't take a taxi!!!

Long wait in line to get a chit, then very expensive for the short drive into town.