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Windsor-Toronto-Montreal (WTM) Airspace Updates

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Nicolas Jones
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 02:49 pm    Post subject: Windsor-Toronto-Montreal (WTM) Airspace Updates Reply with quote

I recently attended an information meeting representing HPAC at the Nav Canada Toronto Area Control Center.

Nothing earth-shaking, but here's a summary of items that might be of interest to some HG/PG pilots.

Nav Canada is in the middle of a review of the Windsor-Toronto-Montreal (WTM) airspace.

Phase 1 in the Toronto-Montreal-Quebec City area is complete, Phase 3 and 4 are starting now (yes, not a typo) covering from Toronto to the north and west. Phase 2 covering the Hamilton-Niagara area will be done last in 2015.

1) The aviation radio frequency to contact FSS (flight services) varies by area what used to be universally 126.7 is now covered by a variety of frequencies. This is just a note to check your aviation maps for the correct frequency if you use aviation radio to contact FSS.

2) With the increasing use of GPS-direct routing, Nav Canada is reviewing and decommissioning some VOR stations. This also means that some of the victor airways (typically based at 2200 AGL) that link pairs of VORs will be disappearing.

In the past virtually all IFR flights (below 18,000'), and VFR flights using VORs for navigation, would follow these airways; meaning that we could have a good idea where we might encounter air traffic. This is no longer the case.

While it's still a good idea to be aware of the location of victor airways and be extra-vigilant when crossing, pilots should be on the lookout for air traffic virtually everywhere.

Kitchener-Waterloo Airport (CYKF) Master Plan

The control zone around CYKF recently changed from class D to class C - but remained at 5 mile radius. This change does not have any practical effect on HG/PG pilots.

The CYKF master plan has three proposed levels of growth. The lowest level does not extend the main runway and is unlikely to affect airspace dimensions. However, the higher two levels of growth both involve increasing the main runway length which will likely result in the control zone increasing to 7 miles radius. This expansion is not expected for several years at least, but might be on the horizon.

A 7-mile control zone would pinch off the existing class-E gap between the CYKF airspace and Toronto Airspace (near Guelph) - this gap is frequently used by sailplanes and sometimes by HG pilots to transit north/south on XC flights.

Nick Jones
HPAC Director for Ontario
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