EVAS Air look­ing to move for­ward with flights to Win­ter­land

Airstrip needs gov­ern­ment cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for com­mer­cial flights

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY COLIN FAR­RELL MARYS­TOWN, N.L. colin.far­[email protected]­erngazette.ca

EVAS Air pres­i­dent and CEO Pat White was in Marys­town on June 28 for follow up talks with coun­cil and mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity re­gard­ing the com­pany’s plan to run sched­uled flights from Win­ter­land to St. John’s.

“We have given it some fair con­sid­er­a­tion back home, and we have made the de­ci­sion to go for­ward (with the plan), and we sent a let­ter down to (Marys­town Mayor) Sam Sy­nard … stat­ing that it is our in­tent to put a sched­uled air ser­vice into (Win­ter­land) once the provin­cial Gov­ern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador has the air­port cer­ti­fied,” White told The South­ern Gazette by phone fol­low­ing the meet­ing.

The cost of the trip from the Burin Penin­sula to St. John’s still hasn’t been fo­cused on yet, White said, as cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is the first pri­or­ity.

“With­out a cer­ti­fied air­port, you can’t put in a sched­uled run, and there­fore you can­not ad­ver­tise your busi­ness or pro­vide seat sale or that type of thing.”

White said it was a great meet­ing

“I am very en­cour­aged by the level of com­mit­ment, the level of in­tel­li­gence and the level of ex­cite­ment for what we’re try­ing to do (on the Burin Penin­sula),” he said.

“I do be­lieve that these peo­ple will rise up, and I be­lieve they will get the ap­pro­pri­ate MHAs on side and they will go to gov­ern­ment … and be suc­cess­ful in get­ting that air­port cer­ti­fied.

“Gov­ern­ment has no choice (but to) ad­dress this mat­ter. The south coast of New­found­land, the Burin Penin­sula es­pe­cially, needs this piece of eco­nomic in­fra­struc­ture and trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture.”

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion found on Trans­port Canada’s web­site, an air­port in Canada must be cer­ti­fied when it is lo­cated within the built-up area of a city or town, it is used by an air car­rier as a main op­er­a­tions base or for sched­uled pas­sen­ger car­ry­ing ser­vice, or gov­ern­ment con­sid­ers cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is in the pub­lic in­ter­est.

Ex­emp­tions are is­sued to mil­i­tary aero­dromes and those deemed to have an equiv­a­lent level of safety.

An aero­drome is any area of land, wa­ter (in­clud­ing a frozen sur­face) or other sup­port­ing sur­face used for air­craft land­ings or take-offs. Trans­port Canada con­sid­ers only

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In most coun­tries of the world, aero­drome-cer­tifi­cate hold­ers must sat­isfy reg­u­lat­ing au­thor­i­ties that air­port oper­at­ing ar­eas and im­me­di­ate vicini­ties are safe, air­port fa­cil­i­ties are ap­pro­pri­ate to the op­er­a­tions tak­ing place, and

the man­age­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion and key staff are com­pe­tent and suit­ably qual­i­fied to pro­vide flight-safety pro­gram­ming.

cer­ti­fied aero­dromes air­ports.

FILE PHOTO

Pat White of EVAS Air held a follow up meet­ing with mem­bers of Marys­town coun­cil, as well as busi­ness and com­mu­nity lead­ers from the Burin Penin­sula on June 28.

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