Sable Island Aerodrome

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Sable Island Aerodrome
CSB2 - Beach runway.jpg
Sable Aviation's Britten Norman Islander parked on the beach runway
Airport type Private
Operator Parks Canada
Location Sable Island, Nova Scotia
Time zone AST (UTC−04:00)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC−03:00)
Elevation AMSL 4 ft / 1 m
Coordinates 43°55′46″N 059°57′35″W / 43.92944°N 59.95972°W / 43.92944; -59.95972Coordinates: 43°55′46″N 059°57′35″W / 43.92944°N 59.95972°W / 43.92944; -59.95972
CSB2 is located in Canada
Location in Canada
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 1,500 457 Sand

Sable Island Aerodrome, (IATA: YSATC LID: CSB2), is located on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. The term aerodrome is somewhat of a misnomer in this case - there is no actual airport infrastructure nor is there a runway on Sable Island - fixed-wing aircraft land on the hard sand of the south beach. The designated landing area has been registered as an aerodrome (and therefore has an entry as such in the Canada Flight Supplement) in order to facilitate approval of a GPS approach. Sable Aviation operates a Britten-Norman Islander that makes regular flights to this aerodrome; it is the contracted fixed wing service provider for Sable Island.

Prior permission is required to land at this aerodrome, as the Operations Coordinator of Parks Canada's Sable Island Station must thoroughly inspect the area in use that day to ensure that it is not too soft for the aircraft. This is accomplished by driving a truck up and down the length of the landing area, thereby marking out the "runway". Too much rain often renders the sand too mushy to safely land the aircraft; conversely, in the heat of summer the sand may dry out to such an extent that the area again becomes too soft to land on.

Although tidal cycles do not affect the south beach, storm surges occasionally flood the entire landing area to a depth of more than a foot, rendering it unusable for fixed-wing operations for weeks or even months at a time.


  1. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 27 April 2017 to 0901Z 22 June 2017