Red Deer Regional Airport

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Red Deer Regional Airport
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorRed Deer Regional Airport Authority
ServesCentral Alberta
LocationRed Deer County, near Red Deer, Alberta
Time zoneMST (UTC−07:00)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC−06:00)
Elevation AMSL2,968 ft / 905 m
Coordinates52°11′06″N 113°53′40″W / 52.18500°N 113.89444°W / 52.18500; -113.89444Coordinates: 52°11′06″N 113°53′40″W / 52.18500°N 113.89444°W / 52.18500; -113.89444
CYQF is located in Alberta
Location in Alberta
CYQF is located in Canada
CYQF (Canada)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 3,454 1,053 Asphalt
17/35 7,500 2,286 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Aircraft movements75,918

Red Deer Regional Airport, (IATA: YQF, ICAO: CYQF), is located 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) south southwest of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada..[1]The airport serves Charter and General Aviation. The Airport has now upgraded their terminal to a fixed base operator which provides ground services to aircraft. Tucana Aviation is the FBO Operator

In October 2015, Red Deer Regional announced it was to undergo a $9.5 million expansion, including a 2,000 ft (610 m) extension of runway 16/34 (now 17/35), from 5,528 ft (1,685 m). Construction began in April 2016, and was completed on September 16, 2016. However, the extended runway, which measured 7,500 ft (2,300 m), was not posted in the Canada Flight Supplement until the edition dated 0901Z 2 March 2017 to 0901Z 27 April 2017.[1] This allowed the airport to accommodate larger aircraft.[4] Canada Jetlines is the first airline expected to take advantage of this, with plans to begin either Boeing 737 Max or Airbus A320 service to Abbotsford by their third projected growth period.[5]

Airport Information[edit]

The airport is open 24/7 and has a control tower on field that is operational 13-05Z. The tower provides control service at the airport. Outside tower operating hours, FSS provides Advisory Services to pilots. The airport is equipped with MIRL (Medium Intensity Runway Lighting) on all runways. Runway 17/35 is equipped with PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicator) and REIL (Runway End Identifier Lights). The airport is equipped with non-precision instrument approaches on Runway 17/35. The airport hosts 2 Flight Schools: Montair and Skywings, and also a flying club, COPA Flight 92-Red Deer Flying Club. The airport is also home to AirSpray Air Tankers and Buffalo Airways Maintenance and Storage Depot.


During World War II, the airport was RCAF Station Penhold. The airbase was home to the Royal Air Force, No. 36 Service Flying Training School(SFTS). After the war the base was closed. The base was reopened in 1952 to train NATO pilots. The airfield side of the base was closed in 1965, and the City of Red Deer took over operation of the airport in 1966. The non-airport side of the base was renamed CFB Penhold in 1966 and remained a base until 1990 when it was made a detachment of CFB Edmonton. The base hosted Cadet Summer Training from the Second World War until 2014. The former base was closed in 1994 and the former Married Quarters were renamed from Mynarski Park to Springbrook in 1995. The former military base was converted into an industrial park known as Harvard Park.[6]

Former airline service[edit]

Time Air served the airport during the 1970s and early 1980s with nonstop flights to Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Edmonton Municipal Airport (YXD) operated with de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter turboprop aircraft.[7][8] Air Canada later served the airport but then dropped its three daily flights between Calgary and Red Deer on November 1, 2018.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 16 July 2020 to 0901Z 10 September 2020.
  2. ^ Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
  3. ^ Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA flight service stations
  4. ^ Red Deer Airport expansion begins later this spring
  5. ^
  6. ^ Pettypiece, Paul. "Penhold Base 1939-1995". Retrieved 5 Oct 2018.
  7. ^, April 15, 1975 & April 1, 1981 editions, Official Airline Guides (OAG), Calgary & Edmonton Municipal flight schedules
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Air Canada to end flights between Red Deer and Calgary". CBC News. 2018-06-27.

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