By Ted Lee
The new runway layout shows
the grass strip 17/35 pointed at
the hangars/flying club and 13/31
out to the northwest.
Edenvale Aerodrome began operations back in 2004 catering primarily to ultralight flying, but it wasn’t long before certified aircraft and organizations began to arrive in search of a new home.
The reasons for this are threefold: Low traffic airspace; all new facilities; and the promise of continued expansion according to demand.
Now that the word has gotten around the aviation community, interest continues to grow and a couple of reasonably large players are on the verge of moving here, but details are not being released until negotiations are complete.
The local flying area has reasonably low traffic volume and the aerodrome traffic frequency is 122.775MHz. The only other users of this frequency are Cornwall and Hawk Field, and the only interference I have ever heard is the annual fly-in traffic to Hawk Field in the early Fall.
There is an airway in the vicinity but the MEA is 4,200 feet ASL so there is lots of room underneath.
In response to demand, two 9-unit T-hangars were built in 2006, each with dimensions of 40 feet wide by 10 feet high by 30 feet deep. Another finished project is the open concept hangar that is 240 feet by 50 feet with four 45 foot wide doors on each side and 16 feet clearance height.
It is difficult to call it open-concept because so many individuals have moved in permanently and walls have been erected so there is very little open space left. There has been a waiting list for T-hangar space since last summer so another two 10-unit T-hangars are going up in the near future and should be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2008.
The units will be slightly larger, 42 feet wide by 11feet high by 33 feet deep. All have individual bifold doors and a paved apron to the taxiways.
The aerodrome is an old wartime field and as such has the standard three runway layout. However, crosswind has always been a problem because the only useable runway is 08/26 and the wind is typically from the NNW. A new paved runway has been scratched out of the ground and once the fill is in and the pavement is down there will be a 4,000 foot by 100 foot runway 13/31 fairly well lined up with the prevailing wind.
Last year we upgraded 260,000 square feet of aprons and taxiways from grass to pavement. Visitor tie down areas and transient parking areas were also paved and a concrete helicopter landing pad was laid right outside the maintenance hangar. All runways will have paved access taxiways.
One of our resident aircraft, the Collingwood Classic Tiger Moth, does not like pavement very much. Therefore, with the respect due to such a venerable machine we have used all the topsoil scraped from the runway 13/31 footprint to make an 1,800’ turf runway oriented 17/35. All that is left to do on that runway is seeding in the spring.
The ultralight flight school still operates and has increased its fleet to six advanced ultralights: three Sportstars, a Sky Arrow, a Highlander and an Escapade.
Of all those aircraft the one that is generating the most interest lately is the Highlander because it has great versatility with wheel, float and ski configurations. The flying public likes it too – it has won the 2004 and 2006 Grand Champion Light Plane designation at Sun ‘n Fun in Florida.
Another feature that separates us from most ultralight flight training units is that the Edenvale Flying Club offers ultralight rentals. We also have a rental C172M for pilots with recreational and private licences.
With all these aircraft on site a maintenance facility was the next very important step. We were fortunate to be able to entice Glen Marchant to set up his General Aero Maintenance shop on the aerodrome to cater to ultralights, certified aircraft and even helicopters.
Glen has had the Rotax engine course so we have a resident Rotax expert to support those popular ultralight engines. The even better news is Glen goes out of his way to inform pilots about what to look for and how to take care of their aircraft.
Glen understands how important the link between the pilot and the AME is and does his best to pass on valuable information.
There is a café in the flying club building but unfortunately it is temporarily shut down while we search for another operator. I have no doubt that it will be up and running soon to cater to the Friday-Sunday flying public.
We have finally received our authorization to operate a remote exam testing facility for Transport Canada so pilots in the local area can avoid the difficulties of getting to Toronto or Buttonville to write exams.
Other organizations have taken up permanent residence at Edenvale, among them the Collingwood Classic Aircraft Foundation that has its own separate hangar, and the Borden Flying Club with its C172M. This is also the home of National Ultralights, agent for Challenger aircraft sales.
The spring flying season will soon be upon us so we invite you to fly in to see how the aerodrome is developing as a major flight centre. Enjoy the uncluttered flying area, see the CCAF museum pieces, or get your aircraft serviced by the experts. We are looking forward to meeting you.
Visit www.edenvaleaerodrome.com for more information.