Airport exercise has residents looking to skies

Dave Stewart
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An exercise at the Charlottetown Airport Tuesday afternoon had residents looking to the skies.

What some described as erratic flying at the airport turned out to be merely a safety test by the corporation that controls the air and navigation system in Canada.

One person tweeted that they observed an airplane seemingly abort an attempted landing at the airport at 12:30 p.m.

“12:30 plane landing had to bank at the last minute and regain altitude . . . re-attempted at 12:40ish,’’ wrote @PEIDrivers, who said they observed it from their home in Mulberry Park.

Doug Newson, CEO of the Charlottetown Airport Authority, said it was a routine exercise.

“(Nav Canada was at the airport) testing their approach instruments and all that stuff. I don’t think it was an aborted landing,’’ Newson said.

Nav Canada is the country’s civil air navigation services provider, a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations coast to coast, Nav Canada provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

The aircraft people saw banking at the last minute and regaining altitude was a Navy Canada aircraft.

“They install all of our landing systems, that sort of technology, so they’re just testing it to make sure it’s working properly. It’s standard testing that they do.’’



Organizations: Charlottetown Airport, Nav Canada, Navy Canada

Geographic location: Canada, Mulberry Park

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  • Just Thinkin'
    January 18, 2012 - 09:19

    Nav Canada have been doing this type of instrument approach testing for years. Their testing is to insure that in low visibility, passanger aircraft coming into Charlottetown can land safely using instruments. They have different types of aircraft that they use to test these approaches. The majority of planes that land in Charlottetown do their final landing approach over the city onto Runway 03, and having been doing so for years safely. They will do the approach testing numerous times with landing gear up, so just relax and enjoy the sight and remember that their testing is for our safety....the flying public. :>)

  • wally Meagher
    January 17, 2012 - 22:57

    I hope they are not exercising on the Glidepath into the airport over Sherwood. As if i`m correct that is Directly over Sherwood School. ??

    • cry baby
      January 18, 2012 - 13:30

      Wally, you are partially correct. The approach for that runway from the southwest is over Sherwood and is roughly halfway between Sherwood Elementary and Stonepark Jr High. The thing you may not realize is that the airport was there LONG before any of the houses or the schools were built in that part of Sherwood. That was a failure by the village planners of the former community of Sherwood back in the 60s, 70s and 80s. The airport has been there since the 1930s and it's not moving anywhere. I propose that if you are concerned enough, you should start lobbying to expropriate all of those houses and the schools and move them somewhere else. In fact we shouldn't have a single building within 1 mile of the airport boundary.

  • NB visitor
    January 17, 2012 - 18:40

    This happened to me this summer while vacationing in Cavendish. I was on the golf course when I saw this plane that looked in distress. The engine would cut out and the plane started falling. It then started and regained altitude. It did this a couple of times so I called the RCMP. They returned my call a few minutes later to inform me the airport was conducting exercises. They should inform the public when these exercises are taking place. Its not a great feeling when you think you are witnessing a plane crash...