Overnight air navigation suspended

Nav Canada says it will be suspending overnight air navigation services in Fort St. John and Fort Nelson.

Affected airports will remain open and aircraft will continue to be able to land and depart, the agency said May 5. It says the follow enhanced services will be available:

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  • At a minimum, Limited Weather Information System which consists of hourly wind, temperature, dew point and altimeter information. This will maintain 24 hours/day IFR access to all airports.

  • Communication capability during all phases of flight, via flight information centers (FICs) and/or area control centers (ACCs). This will maintain communication between pilots and the respective FIC and/or ACC in order to provide current and forecast weather, NOTAM, IFR approach and departure clearances, with communication coverage to or below circuit altitude with most sites having coverage to the ground. 

The suspension will be in effect for 120 days, subject to prevailing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nav Canada said. Pilots can receive detailed information about the new levels of service through NOTAM.

"The temporary level of service change will allow NAV CANADA to implement flexible staffing, reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for our operational units," Nav Canada said. "These new measures greatly reduce the likelihood of a full unit closure and keep operators and the flying public safe through continued delivery of essential air navigation services."

Other affected airports in B.C. include Terrace, Sandspit, Port Hardy, Cranbrook, Penticton, Kamloops, Kelowna, Victoria, and Abbotsford.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.


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