Draft Proposed 2021/2022 Airport Action Plan

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The City of Oshawa is soliciting public input on the Draft Proposed 2021-2022 Oshawa Executive Airport Action Plan outlined in Report DS-21-44 dated March 3, 2021.

Feedback Form

  • Community members are invited to provide feedback on various Action Items by completing the feedback form below.

Virtual Public Meeting

Feedback will be received until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28, and will be considered in the preparation of the final recommendation report to be presented to the Development Services Committee and Council for consideration.

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us.

The City of Oshawa is soliciting public input on the Draft Proposed 2021-2022 Oshawa Executive Airport Action Plan outlined in Report DS-21-44 dated March 3, 2021.

Feedback Form

  • Community members are invited to provide feedback on various Action Items by completing the feedback form below.

Virtual Public Meeting

Feedback will be received until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28, and will be considered in the preparation of the final recommendation report to be presented to the Development Services Committee and Council for consideration.

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about the Draft Proposed 2021-2022 Oshawa Executive Airport Action Plan or the Oshawa Executive Airport? Ask it here! We'll do our best to get back to you within two business days.

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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 2 days 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 18 days 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 13 days 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 4 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 8 months 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 10 months ago

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

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    AIRPORT BUSINESS INTEGRATED WITH PUBLIC SECURITY IS UNTILL NOW A DISTURBING AND UNACCEPTABLE TO OUR HUMAN ENVIRONMENT. SEEMS LIKE THE TECHNOLOGY OF THE NEXT GENERATION WILL MOVEFORWARD WITH A SOLUTION TO HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT.

    Jobaida B asked 12 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. Your comments will be passed along to staff.

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    I am interested to know where we stand with the monitoring timeline? Has the sampling taken place as per the plan? When should we see results provided?

    Dave N asked 12 months ago

    The air and noise quality study with sites located on the airport was undertaken in July and August of 2019 and some preliminary findings of the study will be released at the business plan working group meetings when they resume.   

    There is a second air and noise study scheduled to take place in July and August of this year with sensors installed in the community.   July and August has been selected because they are typically the airports busiest months.   

    We are currently looking into the impacts of the Covid restriction on the 2020 study and further information will be available as it becomes available.

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    I am interested in the current study parameters regarding noise assessment. I understand meters are placed at the end of runways. Is the information gathered to be in decibels, or is it just a comparison with other similar community airports? Which would not be of any benefit to those of us living near this one. Are meters to be placed in areas where residents have expressed concern about their quality of life and devaluation of their property?

    Wendy Mitchell-Gill asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your questions.

    The proposal and details for the air quality and noise study were presented to the Development Services Committee and approved by City Council on June 24, 2019 under report DS-19-128. The noise information has been recorded using Equivalent Sound Level (LEQ) which is an energy-average sound level taken over a specified period of time. It represents the average sound pressure encountered for the period. The time period is often added as a suffix to the label (e.g., LEQ (24) for the 24-hour equivalent sound level). An LEQ value expressed in dBA is a good, single value descriptor of noise.

    The noise monitoring equipment has been placed just past the threshold of each of the 4 runway thresholds at the recommendation of the consultant as these location will represent the highest level of noise impact. 

    Data collected from the noise study will be compared to environmental conditions and aircraft movement data to identify trends in noise relating to volume, duration, movement type and aircraft type. This will assist in the potential development of new noise and traffic management strategies targeted to help reduce the impact of aircraft noise on surrounding neighbourhoods.

    We invite you to view the full noise study details are found within the RWDI proposal which is attached to the report.