NavCanada has provided a reminder of the closure of Arctic Radio (North Bay Flight Information Center) effective November 10, 2016. The Notice of Change is posted on the NavCanada website. NavCanada has also supplied maps that show the reassignment of FISE frequencies and Flight Information Regions. Click on the images below to view pdf versions of these maps.
NWTFA members who store their aircraft at the Yellowknife airport have probably received a notice from the GNWT Department of Transportation (DOT) to renew their licence. The notice requests that an application fee of $250 be submitted with the application for renewal. We have been advised that the application fee is not required for parking licences but that the completed application form must be returned to DOT so their information is up to date. The completed form can be returned to DOT by fax or email. We have also been advised that the annual fee will not be increased for renewals and that applicants may request a term of up to five years during which the annual fee will not be changed. Presumably, members will be billed for the annual fee and provided with a licence for execution.
The NOTAM relating to the Reid Lake forest fire has been extended to 2000 hrs (local time ) on July 31, 2016. Refer to the post below for further details.
NWTFA has been advised that a NOTAM has been issued restricting airspace near the Reid Lake forest fire. The GNWT Department of Environment and Natural Resources ("ENR") submitted the NOTAM request to cover the ZF028 wildland fire east of Yellowknife over the Jennyjohn Lake area (geographic location). The fire is approximately 28 nautical miles east of Yellowknife (CYZF) on a 065 degree radial.
The NOTAM appears below. Additional information provided by ENR is as follows:
NOTAM Start and End Dates
Starting Wednesday, July 20 at 12:00 pm (local MST) extending until Wednesday, July 27th at 20:00 pm (local MST).
NOTAM Daily Start and End Times
09:00 am to 20:00 pm daily
NOTAM Ground to Height Mean Sea Level (MSL)
Surface up to 4,000 feet MSL
Center of NOTAM = 62°24N x 113°28W
Radius from Center = 4.0 NM outwards
Aerial Fire Suppression in progress. Contact fire suppression aircraft on VHF-AM 122.05 or 122.40 to coordinate transit from 09:00 am to 20:00 pm daily. Except where operations under CAR 601.17, all aircraft to remain clear. For additional information please call the Yellowknife ENR office at (867) 445-3209 to arrange authorized entry.
CZEG PURSUANT TO CAR 601.14, 601.15(B) AND 601.16, FOREST FIRE CENTRED 6224N 11328W (APRX 3 NM SW NAMUSHKA LODGE(WATER) AD). RESTRICTED AIRSPACE IS ESTABLISHED WITHIN RADIUS 4 NM FIRE CENTRE SFC TO 4100 FT MSL. AERIAL FIRE SUPPRESION IN PROGRESS. EXC WHERE OPR UNDER CAR 601.17, ALL ACFT TO REMAIN CLR. FOR AUTH TO ENTER AREA CTC BIRDDOG OR HEL ACFT ON SITE FREQ 122.05, 122.40 OR ENR OFFICE 867-455-3209.
JUL 20 1800-0200
JUL 21-28 1500-0200
1707201800 TIL APRX 1707290200
We have contacted the YZF airport manager and requested that snow be removed and vehicle access restored to aircraft wintering at the airport parking area. It looks like work has begun, so if you want or need to get to your aircraft without snowshoes, you should be able to do so next week.