Draft Proposed 2021/2022 Airport Action Plan

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During the June 21 meeting of City Council, the 2021-2022 Oshawa Executive Airport Action Plan outlined in Report DS-21-44 was endorsed. Thank you to those who shared their feedback.

The Action Plan contains 14 action items related to the Oshawa Executive Airport for the City to advance prior to the next term of Council, when the next Airport Business Plan will be created. The Airport Business Plan is a comprehensive document intended to guide actions and the decision making process at the Airport.

During the June 21 meeting of City Council, the 2021-2022 Oshawa Executive Airport Action Plan outlined in Report DS-21-44 was endorsed. Thank you to those who shared their feedback.

The Action Plan contains 14 action items related to the Oshawa Executive Airport for the City to advance prior to the next term of Council, when the next Airport Business Plan will be created. The Airport Business Plan is a comprehensive document intended to guide actions and the decision making process at the Airport.

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    It seems very likely that many regional airports around the world including many in Canada will be grappling with the same issues. I would suggest selecting a number of similar candidates in other jurisdictions and reach out to learn what analysis/studies/etc., solutions, mitigation measures, strategies, etc. they have employed to find that compromise between the business and residential needs. Also, the boundaries that have been used to far too limiting, e.g. the residences north of Conlin and east of Ritsen are also greatly affected, meaning that the residential population is much larger and growing significantly every year. I am retired and would be happy to help in any way I can, as I have noted an increase in the flights and corresponding noise levels since moving from Whitby to Taylorwood Crt (east of Simcoe and south of Conlin) almost 10 years ago.

    RLH asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your interest in the Draft Proposed 2021/2022 Airport Action Plan. Your comments has been shared with the appropriate project staff. You are encouraged to visit https://connectoshawa.ca/airport to complete the feedback form at the bottom of the page.

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    How many full-time jobs would be impacted if the airport were returned to solely recreational status or moved to a new location? How many jobs would be created should the airport be closed and replaced with residential/commercial zoning? Is the airport land not ideal for a long-discussed hospital? Seniors residences? Any or all of these would undoubtedly be of greater benefit to the city. That said: What is the unilateral power of Transport Canada and NavCan in dictating to the city the operations that must be allowed at the airport?

    michael h asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for providing your question. The City of Oshawa has an Operating and Option Agreement in place with the federal government that requires the city to operate the airport to not less than 2047. If the Pickering airport was to open the city could close the Oshawa Executive Airport but not sooner than 2033. The agreement was a condition of the transfer of the airport from the federal government to the city in 1997. As such, other locations and alternate uses have not been considered at this time. Transport Canada is the regulator and has established strict conditions governing the operation of all airports including limiting the ability of the airport operator to limit traffic. Nav Canada operates the control tower and must also follow the Transport Canada regulations governing airport operation.

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    Has there been a single year in the past decade that the Oshawa airport has operated in the black? Why does the CIty not challenge the agreement with Transport Canada given that the airport is a continually losing venture and tax payers are forced to cover the losses.

    TFP asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for providing your question.  The airport has an operating budget deficit each year.  In 2020, the operating  deficit was approximately $330,000 however the airport and former airport lands generate approximately $1.6m in property taxes each year which offset the operating deficit.

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    Are there any other airports with comparable traffic, and proposed increases in traffic, situated in the midst of such a heavily-populated residential area as Oshawa's? If so, how are they dealing with the problem?

    michael h asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for providing your question.  If we examine the 10 busiest airports in Canada with comparable general aviation, corporate and flight training traffic Oshawa is the 7th busiest airport in Canada. If we then look at the number of residential units located within 2km of the airport Oshawa has the second highest number of residential units at 14,000 within 2km. The majority have less than 6000 residential units within 2km. The one location with more residential units within 2km of the airport is dealing with the same challenges of Oshawa and lags significantly behind Oshawa in trying to address the problem of aircraft noise.

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    How does the City council and senior management permit in-flight training, wherein instructors sit side-by-side with one student after another in a confined cockpit, during the Provincial Stay-at-Home order? The airport exemption by the province is to permit necessary air travel. Please explain why flight simulation training and on-line classes for non-flight training are not a requirement for the flight training schools during this critical time for community health and to stop community spread of covid-19?

    TFP asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for the question. The Oshawa Executive Airport is regulated by Transport Canada under the Federal Government. The Federal Government has not restricted any domestic aviation activity and as such, both private and business domestic aircraft activity may take place.

    The airport is home to two flights schools, Durham Flight Centre (DFC) and Canadian Flight Academy (CFA). In addition to the federal aviation regulations these schools are also regulated by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities as private career colleges.

    The new lock down measures implemented at 12:01 a.m. Saturday April 17th have not affected the flight school operations. The Ministry of Colleges and Universities has advised the City that under the current Provincial lock down restrictions, private career colleges are not permitted to provide in-person teaching or instruction to students such as lectures or other instructional material that can be presented online. However, they are permitted to continue with instruction that requires it to be taught in-person, such as flight time.

    Where in-person training does not lend itself to physical distancing protocols, private career colleges should follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and, where possible, seek advice from industry experts (e.g. Air Transport Association of Canada, etc.) concerning best practices.

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    Will the action plan itself be presented at the meeting along with the 14 recommendations? I can't comment on something that hasn't been presented yet and is not included on the flyer distributed to nearby residents.

    Anonymous2 asked 5 months ago

    Thank you very much for your inquiry. The link to the report is available on the Connect Oshawa page. For your convenience, here is a direct link to the report: Report DS-21-44. The report will not be presented at the meeting. If you have any additional questions, let us know.

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    This should be a rule as training consistently break 4:00 pm rule on weekends? The following flight training restrictions have been established on a voluntary basis with the tenants and training schools at the airport: Only 12 training aircraft are permitted to do circuit training on Runway 05/23 at any time. Flight training aircraft will not utilize a touch-and-go departure pattern on all runways after 4:00pm on any Saturday or Sunday. Flight training aircraft are not permitted to undertake any circuit training on all runways on the Sunday or Monday of any long weekend.

    gmsport asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your interest in the 2020/2021 Draft Airport Action Plan. We will include your comments in the process as we move forward. For details on the upcoming public meeting on May 10, 2021 regarding the draft Airport Action Plan, please visit www.ConnectOshawa.ca/Airport.

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    Has the flight plans for planes changed since 2019? It seems to me there is more air traffic over the Eastdale community.

    Suzanne Lynn asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry Suzanne. There has not been any changes in flight patterns at the Oshawa Executive Airport recently. If you have additional questions please contact the airport at airport@oshawa.ca

     

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    As to the workshops themselves - what information will be presented? Will any new information be tabled regarding net new spending, activity or airport results impacting taxpayers? Will public participants be able to ask questions or present information?

    GrahamL asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for contacting us about the virtual workshop related to the development of the draft 2020-2024 Airport Business Plan.

    The workshop format will include opening remarks from Tom Goodeve, Director of Planning Service, followed by an overview and presentation on the process to date as well an outline of the airport data and regulatory framework by the Airport Manager. Following the presentation will be the Q&A portion of the workshop, in which participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. Please note that registered participants are invited to ask questions during the workshops, but the technology and format of the evening does not include the opportunity for formal presentations from community members. 

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    With residential neighbourhoods rapidly expanding in the North Oshawa area, the Oshawa Executive Airport now seems to be out of place. I’d like to propose that the city consider moving the airport to property previously occupied by GM - in south Oshawa. There’s plenty of land there with room for expansion, and very few residents to be affected by the noise. The present airport is only a minimal facility used by a few privileged recreational fliers and four or five corporate jets. I imagine that some of these were used by previous GM executives who have no need of an airport now. I’m sure that the north Oshawa residents would appreciate not hearing small aircraft constantly coming and going. Residential development on this site would increase Oshawa's tax base and would eventually help pay for relocation.

    walttheartist asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback and suggestion. Your comments have been shared with staff.

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