Pursuant to subsection 5.9(2) of the Aeronautics Act, and after taking into account that the exemption is in the public interest and is not likely to affect aviation safety I hereby exempt the Yellowknife Airport operated by the Government of the Northwest Territories, Department of Transportation, #1 Yellowknife Airport, Yellowknife, NT, X1A 3T2, from the requirements set out in sections 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, and 188.8.131.52 of the Aerodrome Standards and Recommended Practices(TP 312) made pursuant to subparagraph 302.07(1)(a)(i) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations, subject to the following conditions.
Subparagraph 302.07(1)(a)(i) of the CARs and sections 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168, and 22.214.171.124 of the Aerodrome Standards and Recommended Practices(TP 312) are set out in Annex A.
The purpose of this exemption is to allow the airport operator to operate their airport with aircraft arresting systems in place and thus provide a safer environment for Canadian Forces (CF) fighter aircraft operations at the Yellowknife Airport. These operations are in support of Canadian sovereignty operations and the defence of North America as mandated in the North American Aerospace Defense Treaty.
This exemption applies to the Yellowknife Airport operated by the Government of the Northwest Territories, Department of Transportation, #1 Yellowknife Airport, Yellowknife, NT, X1A 3T2.
This exemption is subject to the following conditions:
1. The airport operator shall ensure that:
- subject to paragraph b), the aircraft arresting system energy absorbers are installed the greater distance of:
- at least 61 m from the runway centreline; or,
- outside of the graded area of the runway strip.
- where local geography is preventing placement at least 61 m from the runway centreline, the aircraft arresting system energy absorbers are installed outside of the graded area of the runway strip.
2. The airport operator shall ensure that runway edge sheaves are installed with ramps, as follows:
- where fixed (permanent) runway edge sheaves and tape tubes project above the grade of the existing runway shoulders and the grade of the runway graded area, that they are covered, ramped and compacted to a finished grade of 30 to 1 (horizontal to vertical) ratio or flatter; or,
- where mobile runway edge sheaves are used, that they are installed with ramps of approximately 6 to 1 (horizontal to vertical) ratio.
3. The airport operator shall ensure that the location of an aircraft arresting system is identified with signs in the following manner:
- the location is identified by signs on both sides of the runway;
- the signs are located in line with the cable within +/- 3.0 m
- the perpendicular distance from defined runway edge to the near side of sign be between 8 and 21 m;
- the signs be located equidistant from the runway edge;
- the signs be oriented perpendicular to the runway centerline;
- the signs face in both runway directions;
- the signs consist of a yellow circle not less than 0.9 m in diameter on a black background;
- the maximum installed height of the sign be 2.0 m;
- the minimum installed height of the sign be 1.2 m; and,
- the signs be lighted when the arresting system cable is in place across the runway at night.
Publication of Information
4. The airport operator shall amend the airport operations manual and report to the Minister and to the aeronautical information services provider for publication, the following information for each runway that has an aircraft arresting system installed:
- the location of the aircraft arresting system (distance from the threshold); and,
- the type of aircraft arresting system.
5. The airport operator shall verify that the locations of all aircraft arresting systems are accurately depicted on the aerodrome chart.
6. The airport operator shall develop, in consultation with the CF and the air traffic services provider, the procedures to be followed in order for:
- the status of the aircraft arresting cable to be determined (in place across the runway or removed);
- the status of the aircraft arresting cable to be disseminated to pilots and air operators using the airport;
- the airport operator to coordinate with the CF to remove the aircraft arresting cable to allow for civilian aeroplane operations;
- the CF to coordinate with the airport operator to install the aircraft arresting cable to allow for military fighter aircraft operations; and,
- the airport operator to ensure that the provider of air traffic services is informed of the status of the aircraft arresting cable.
7. The airport operator shall document these procedures in the airport operations manual and ensure that these procedures are followed.
8. A copy of this exemption shall be included in the airport operations manual.
9. The airport operator shall ensure that the aircraft arresting cable is not in place across the runway during civilian aeroplane operations.
10. The airport operator shall ensure during takeoff and landing operations by civilian aeroplanes that;
- vehicles associated with CF personnel operating, preparing, or maintaining the aircraft arresting system are kept clear of the critical portion of the runway strip; and,
- only radio equipped CF personnel operating, preparing, or maintaining the aircraft arresting system are permitted on the critical portion of the runway strip.
Note: Condition 10 meets the intent of Advisory Circular 302-003. There are no restrictions regarding the location of CF vehicles or personnel on the critical portion of the runway strip during takeoff and landing operations by military aircraft.
11. The airport operator shall issue a NOTAM indicating the presence of the aircraft arresting cable and any restrictions to civil aircraft, such as prior notice required for cable removal.
This exemption is in effect until the earliest of the following:
- December 1, 2013 at 23:59 MST
- the date on which any condition set out in this exemption is breached; or
- the date on which this exemption is cancelled in writing by the Minister where he is of the opinion that it is no longer in the public interest or is likely to affect aviation safety.
Dated at Ottawa, this 29 day of November 2011, on behalf of the Minister of Transport.
Original signed by
Martin J. Eley
Canadian Aviation Regulation:
Obligations of Operator
302.07 (1) The operator of an airport shall
- subject to subparagraph (ii), with the standards set out in the aerodrome standards and recommended practices publications, as they read on the date on which the airport certificate was issued,…
Aerodrome Standards and Recommended Practices(TP 312):
3. 1. 6. 7 Standard. — No fixed object, other than visual aids required for air navigation purposes and satisfying the relevant frangibility requirement in Chapter 5, shall be permitted on a runway strip:
- within 60 m of the runway centre line of a precision approach runway category I, II or III where the code number is 3 or 4;
3 . 1 . 6 . 8 Standard.— No mobile object shall be permitted on the part of the runway strip specified in 126.96.36.199 during the use of the runway for landing or take–off except that equipment and radio equipped personnel associated with inflight inspections of navigation and landing aids are permitted on a runway strip within graded areas while flight inspections are being carried out.
3. 1. 6. 12 Standard. — The surface of that portion of a strip that abuts a runway, shoulder or stopway shall be flush with the surface of the runway, shoulder or stopway.
8. 6. 1. 1 Standard. — Unless its function requires it to be there for air navigation purposes, no equipment or installation shall be:
- on a runway strip, a runway end safety area, a taxiway strip or within the distances specified in Table 3-1, column 4, if it would endanger an aircraft; or
Note: In the proposed draft amendment to Section 3. 1. 6. 7, the distance requirement has been changed to 61 metres. This is more accurate conversion of 200 feet into metres (200 feet = 60.9600 metres). Thus, 61 metres is used in the exemption.
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