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It's the "legal name" ? What's that supposed to mean ? If there's no offer supporting this, then I will amend. Is this something USA-specific perhaps ?
Is this a disambiguation page or an entry for "aerodrome"? Currently it seems to be trying to be both, which is ... unusual... at the least. Graldensblud 00:45, 9 May 2007 (UTC)
As I (continental European) learned, AERODROME is the most generic term describing any surface area where aircraft land and take off, thus including airports, military airbases, recreational airfields, heliports, and water aerodromes. This makes me unhappy with the phrasing <quote> The term "Airport" is also used in the aviation industry. There is not a clear difference in meaning between the two terms.</quote> in the current article. I should like to replace this with "Airports are the largest aerodromes, with facilities for handling regular traffic of passengers and/or cargo by airplanes" or words to that effect. But I strongly oppose using "airport" and "aerodrome" as equivalent, or synonymes: my home airfield of Hoevenen is an aerodrome, but certainly not an airport. Jan olieslagers (talk) 18:19, 19 August 2009 (UTC)
- It's at Hoevenen Airfield. I don't think that you can say "Airports are the largest aerodromes, with facilities for handling regular traffic of passengers and/or cargo by airplanes" because the terms are not based on size. Look at Grise Fiord Airport which is in fact a registered aerodrome but it has an air passenger shelter, is set up for handling passengers and cargo, has a weather station and radio communications, both limited hours. Whitecourt Airport which has a terminal, a flight service station (limited hours), no commercial passenger/cargo services and is a registered aerodrome and is busier than St. John's International Airport which is a certified airport and has air traffic control. Then there is Sanikiluaq Airport which is a lot smaller than Toronto Pearson International Airport but they are both certified airports though they would be in two different government designated classes. Others that would not fit the definition by size include things like Vancouver (Vancouver Film Studios) Heliport, a privately owned heliport that at the same time is a registered airport. By the way check out Wiktionary; airport, aerodrome and airfield. That is a very interesting definition of aerodrome in that it must have a control tower and is certainly not the case in Canada. Enter CambridgeBayWeather, waits for audience applause, not a sausage 10:28, 20 August 2009 (UTC)
- The term 'airport' has a specific aviation legal meaning in that the aerodrome contains Customs facilities along with some form of passport and immigration checking and control. This means that they can be used for international flights. Other aerodromes may be referred-to informally as 'airports' but unless they have Customs facilities they aren't airPORTS - they're aerodromes. The 'port' part of the term is analogous to a civil maritime port, as opposed to just any other harbour. One has Customs and can be used for international travel and import and export, the other generally hasn't, and cannot, at least not legally - that would be classed as 'illegal entry' or smuggling.
- So an airport is an aerodrome, but an aerodrome isn't necessarily an airport. Many aerodrome owners may title their facilities 'airports' but strictly-speaking if they don't currently possess Customs facilities for international flights then they aren't. Sometimes an aerodrome may have at one time had the necessary Customs and immigration facilities when regular international air travel was carried out from the aerodrome, then later if the airport declined over time the Customs and Immigration facilities were no longer needed and were withdrawn. Then what was once an 'airport' then reverted back to being legally, from the ICAO POV, an 'aerodrome'. But they are often still referred-to 'airports' by the public. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 10:26, 23 May 2012 (UTC)