Kaslo Community Airport has received a grant of $52,500 from the Province to install security fencing around the hanger area at the northeast corner of the airport site.
The project was made possible by the British Columbia Air Access Program (BCAAP), which is assisting community airports across the province in an effort to grow BC’s aviation infrastructure. The Village will be dipping into its airport reserve fund to supplement the provincial funding with a further $17,500, making a total of $70,000 for these improvements.
The security fencing will extend almost 2,000 linear feet (590 linear metres) around the apron area (see map) and will include a gate providing vehicular access on the north side. The vehicular access gate will have a combination lock for airport patrons and hanger owners. A second gate is planned for airplane access from the runway on the south side of the fenced area. Radio- or bluetooth-controlled rollaway fencing is proposed, but this gate may be too costly to complete within the budget of the current project.
The work is a joint undertaking by the Village of Kaslo and the Kaslo Community Airport Management Corporation (KCAMC), who are working together to determine how funds will be expended pursuant to municipal and provincial policies. The Village public works foreman will assist with clearing the fence line so that a contractor can install the fence posts. The airport board will also work with the foreman to order materials. The fencing is expected to be complete by the spring of 2017.
Helping small communities benefit from their airports
Aviation is critical to growing the BC economy – supporting jobs, enabling investment, and facilitating business connections. BC’s aviation sector provides communities with travel opportunities, passenger and cargo services, wildfire and medevac services, and general aviation.
As set out in BC’s Aviation Strategy, the Province is making efforts to grow BC’s international connectivity and to ensure that smaller communities are realizing economic and social benefits from their local airports through long-term planning focused on partnering with the aviation community to identify infrastructure needs, barriers, issues and economic opportunities.
About the Air Access Program
The goal of the British Columbia Air Access Program (BCAAP) is to support communities across the province and enhance the long-term potential of BC’s aviation sector. BCAAP is a program to assist airports with funding capital infrastructure projects that help to maintain safe and reliable airport facilities, and/or will result in significant, incremental economic benefit.The BC Government, through the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, is providing more than $8 million in funding this year to support infrastructure improvements at 23 community and regional airports in B.C.
“Across B.C., airports serve as a vital transportation link and a lifeline for the many smaller communities they serve,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Todd Stone. “Providing funding support for smaller and regional airports through our B.C. Air Access Program supports the continued growth of local, regional and provincial economies by keeping people and cargo moving.”
Through the program the ministry cost-shares with public airports on projects such as lighting and navigational systems, terminal building expansion or upgrades, and runway improvements. These types of projects will allow airports to improve safety, accommodate larger aircraft and more frequent flights, and further support the continuing growth of local and provincial economies.
The ministry is investing $24 million over three years for the B.C. Air Access Program.
The program also encourages funding partnerships with the federal government, local and regional governments and agencies, and the private sector. Last year the program provided just over $6 million toward improvements at 10 regional airports throughout the province.
Airports receiving B.C. Air Access Program funding include:
- Alberni Valley Regional, runway lighting: $729,215
- Baker (Burns Lake), runway rehabilitation: $552,046
- Bella Bella, terminal building upgrade: $198,750
- Bob Quinn Lake, runway resurfacing: $180,000
- Boundary Bay (Delta), helipad relocation: $174,300
- Campbell River, an airport fuel facility: $903,750
- Comox Valley, apron repairs: $35,000
- Charlie Leake Field (McBride), runway rehabilitation: $20,887
- Dawson Creek, various terminal and groundside rehabilitation works: $128,250
- Dease Lake, runway resurfacing: $861,950
- Kaslo, security fencing upgrade: $52,500
- Kamloops, apron rehabilitation: $2,599,000
- Lillooet Municipal, runway, fuel and building upgrades: $110,508
- Oliver, taxiway extension: $157,350
- Pemberton Regional, runway rehabilitation: $56,250
- Princeton Regional, runway resurfacing and fencing: $457,939
- Prince Rupert, maintenance building roof replacement: $300,000
- Quesnel Regional, security gates and GPS approach: $117,900
- South Cariboo Regional, runway enhancements: $18,375
- Trail Regional, airport terminal building: $1,180,935
- Valemount, runway crack sealing: $75,000
- Vanderhoof, GPS approach: $21,225
- Williams Lake Regional, fuel system upgrade: $150,000