North Battleford Airport

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North Battleford Airport
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North Battleford Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator City of North Battleford
Location North Battleford, Saskatchewan
Time zone CST (UTC−06:00)
Elevation AMSL 1,799 ft / 548 m
Coordinates 52°46′09″N 108°14′40″W / 52.76917°N 108.24444°W / 52.76917; -108.24444Coordinates: 52°46′09″N 108°14′40″W / 52.76917°N 108.24444°W / 52.76917; -108.24444
Map
CYQW is located in Saskatchewan
CYQW
CYQW
Location in Saskatchewan
CYQW is located in Canada
CYQW
CYQW
CYQW (Canada)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 2,572 784 Asphalt
12/30 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft movements 9

North Battleford Airport, (IATA: YQW, ICAO: CYQW), is located 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) east of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada.

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

It was built during World War II as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and known as RCAF Station North Battleford. The station hosted RAF No. 35 Service Flying Training School from 4 September 1941 to 25 February 1944, and then RCAF No. 13 SFTS until 30 March 1945. Relief airfields were located at Brada and Hamlin.[4]

Aerodrome Information[edit]

In approximately 1942 the aerodrome was listed at 52°46′N 108°16′W / 52.767°N 108.267°W / 52.767; -108.267 with a Var. 22 degrees E and elevation of 1787'. Six runways were listed as follows: [5]

Runway Name Length Width Surface
16/34 2700' 100' Hard surfaced
16/34 2700' 100' Hard surfaced
12/30 2700' 100' Hard surfaced
12/30 3000' 100' Hard surfaced
6/24 2900' 100' Hard surfaced
6/24 2700' 100' Hard surfaced

Relief landing field – Brada[edit]

A Relief Landing field for RCAF Station North Battleford was located approximately 7 Miles South-East. The site was located East of the community of Brada, Saskatchewan. The Relief field was constructed in the typical triangular pattern. In approximately 1942 the aerodrome was listed at 52°43′N 108°07′W / 52.717°N 108.117°W / 52.717; -108.117 with a Var. 21 degrees 30'E and elevation of 1830'. Though listed as a turf all way field, three runways were listed as follows [6]

Runway Name Length Width Surface
16/34 3300' ---' Turf
10/28 3300' ---' Turf
4/22 3300' ---' Turf

A review of Google Maps on 7 June 2018 shows no visibility of the airfield at the listed coordinates.


Postwar (1945-2010)[edit]

Postwar it became known as North Battleford (Cameron McIntosh) after Cameron Ross McIntosh. It was transferred from Transport Canada to the City of North Battleford on January 1, 1997.[7] In April 2010 a contract was awarded for renovations to the air terminal building.[8]

Present (2010- )[edit]

The North Battleford Gliding Centre, a Royal Canadian Air Cadet gliding centre, stores its gliders outside in permanent tie downs, and has office space in a trailer. The gliding centre conducts winch and air-tow operations in both the spring and the fall. The gliding centre currently operates two gliders, Number 2 (C-GCLS) and Number 10 (C-GRFQ); one winch, and one Bellanca Scout Towplane #5 (C-GBAZ).

Terminal building


References[edit]

  1. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 19 July 2018 to 0901Z 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
  3. ^ Total aircraft movements by class of operation
  4. ^ Hatch, F. J. (1983). The Aerodrome of Democracy: Canada and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, 1939-1945. Ottawa: Directorate of History, Department of National Defence. ISBN 0660114437.
  5. ^ Staff writer (c. 1942). Pilots Handbook of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases Vol. 2. Royal Canadian Air Force. p. 54.
  6. ^ Staff writer (c. 1942). Pilots Handbook of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases Vol. 2. Royal Canadian Air Force. p. 67.
  7. ^ City transportation infrastructure
  8. ^ [1] Archived April 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.

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