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Improving Weather Monitoring for Northern Airports

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Improving Weather Monitoring for Northern Airports

Ontario Government Supporting Modern Infrastructure

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is helping four northern Ontario airports install and upgrade their automated weather observation systems to improve service reliability and safety.

The observation systems collect and measure data that is used to create weather reports on conditions that can impact flights. This includes wind speed and direction, cloud height, visibility, precipitation occurrence and amounts, and temperature.

Two systems will be installed at Attawapiskat and Ogoki Post in summer 2014 followed by two more at Armstrong and Peawanuck in fall 2014. This follows previous installations at Sandy Lake, Muskrat Dam, Fort Severn and Lansdowne House.

Improving transportation services is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • NAV CANADA, a private sector service provider that owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation service, is supplying the systems.
  • There are currently more than 75 airports in the country where automated weather observation systems are supplied by NAV CANADA.
  • The province funds 100 per cent of the annual $5.5 million operating costs for remote airports in addition to $2.5 million in capital funds each year for infrastructure rehabilitation.
  • Ontario operates 29 remote airports in Northern Ontario, 27 of which serve aboriginal communities.

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Glen R. Murray

“Installing these new systems will provide real benefits to northern communities by providing information to those who need it the most. Updating and improving this infrastructure will help communities across northern Ontario stay informed about crucial weather information.”

Glen R. Murray

Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure

Michael Gravelle

“NAV CANADA uses the latest technology designed to meet the new and more rigorous performance standards set by Transport Canada. This will be a major benefit for northern Ontario communities and for the surrounding region. This is an investment that goes beyond improving service for pilots. It will have a positive impact for all residents living in these and nearby remote communities.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“We are pleased to collaborate with the Ontario Government to enhance service at these eight northern airports. Reliable and up-to-date weather information will be available to pilots 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is especially important in northern regions where weather is a crucial factor for pilots flying in these remote areas.”

Rudy Kellar

NAV CANADA Executive Vice President, Service Delivery

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