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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.

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Merged the duplicates.

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Resolved doubles

I've merged RS-0005 and RS-0006 into this entry.

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Visa on arrival is slow

The good news is that you can get your tourist visa on arrival for USD 50 (cash; Americans have to pay USD 100). KLM handed out the application form on the inbound flight from Amsterdam.

The bad news is that it takes a long, long timeโ€”maybe 45 minutes. You line up to have you application reviewed, then line up to pay the cashier and hand over your passport, then wait (and wait, and wait) to have your name called, as they bring out small batches of passports every 5โ€“10 minutes with the visa added. Then you line up for customs and immigration, and finally put your bags througj another x-ray machine before leaving the terminal.

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Lots of checkpoints, but short lines

I lost count of the number of times I had to fill in forms and/or line up to have my passport and bags checked on departure, but on the bright side, none of the lines was long.

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re: airport does not exist; can we remove this

Paul has marked this as "closed" for now. Do you know if there was formerly an airport in or near this location? We can delete it altogether if the original entry was in error.

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Bad airport for connections

If you're arriving at Terminal 1 and your connecting flight leaves from Terminal 3, you'll have to retrieve your checked baggage, exit the secure area, and line up again in the public security line in Terminal 3. Be warned.

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French garrison

The airstrip serves a small French garrison from Rรฉunion. The island is otherwise unoccupied.

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

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About to be privatised

Several French airports are going to be run by private operators, including this one:

http://mobile.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2016/11/10/privatisation-de-l-aeroport-de-lyon-le-consortium-mene-par-vinci-finalise-l-acquisition_5028763_3234.html

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Merged duplicate airports

Now just one record for this location.

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Fixed record

Merged duplicate identifiers

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Merged

Merged the two records.

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Merged

I've merged the duplicate airports, so this is OK now.

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Not bad

It's a typical West African airport. Lots of people trying to sell you stuff when you stwo outside, but no harm there. I was 20 seconds through the main security line (there's also a quick check on entry). There's a snack bar in the departure area, but also a regular frequent-flyer lounge, and a separate one with paid access (โ‚ฌ8 or CFA 5000). WiFi is in and out, but then, it's free.

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Beware the free WiFi

The free WiFi at BRU appears to be sponsored by a spam company โ€” if you choose the Google login (and presumably also Facebook), it asks permission to access your full contact list. Your friends won't thank you for selling their email addresses so cheaply.

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Closed?

This is a military airfield, bombed by NATO in 1999. Based on the satellite photo, the runway does appear to be maintained.

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Reported as (temporarily) closed

According to Wikipedia, this airport is closed as of December 2015, but there are plans to reopen it for low-cost carriers.