New safety Rules for Recreational UAV Operators - March 16, 2017

Canada’s Airports Applaud Government of Canada’s New Safety Rules for Recreational UAV Operators
Under these new rules, recreational drone operators must mark their drone with their contact information, and may not fly higher than 90 metres; within 75 metres of buildings, vehicles or people; or within 9 kilometres of the centre of any airport, heliport, aerodrome or water aerodrome where aircraft take off and land. Any recreational operator who fails to comply with the new flying restrictions and conditions could be subject to fines of up to $3,000.

"Transport Canada takes very seriously the increased risk to aviation safety and to people on the ground. I'm concerned that the number of reported drone incidents has almost tripled from 41 when data collection began in 2014, to 148 last year. That is why we are proceeding with this Order which takes effect immediately—to enhance the safety of aviation and the public while we work to bring into force permanent regulations," says The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.

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The JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport is inviting applications for the Chief Executive Officer Position

The J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport is accepting applications from qualified individuals for the position of Chief Executive Officer. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO has the primary responsibility for the efficient and effective operation and administration of the Sydney Airport (Class 3). The CEO will provide leadership and management of all aspects of the airport to achieve the mission, strategy and goals of the organization. The CEO is responsible for finance, operations, maintenance, Safety Management System, Security Program, regulatory compliance, leases, marketing, administration and capital projects. Please click here for more information about the position and the application process. Deadline for applications is March 24, 2017


  • Post-secondary degree or certificate from an accredited university or college or extensive senior airport experience. Completion of the Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.)
  • Proficiency in use of the internet, Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Candidates who are short-listed must provide a Criminal Records Search (obtained through Police Services) and pass the airport’s security requirements.

Compensation is comparable to other small airports and commensurate with experience.

 Interested applicants can apply in confidence by March 24, 2017 by submitting a cover letter, resume and copies of degrees or certificates electronically to the Selection Committee.

 While we appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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AIR CANADA Year Round Direct Daily Service Sydney - Toronto;  2nd Daily Direct Flight Sydney - Toronto July 18 - September 4, 2017. 
Air Jazz Year Round Daily Service: Sydney - Halifax. Numerous flights per day.
WESTJET Year Round Daily Flights Between Sydney and Halifax. Arrives YQY Sydney 1:30pm; Departs YQY Sydney 2:00pm. 2nd Daily Flight Arrives YQY 10:15pm; Departs YQY 5:50am
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Aircraft Services - Charters, Business & General Aviation

RUNWAY 06/24 (ILS on RUNWAY 06): 7070' x 200'. RUNWAY 18/36: 6000' x 150'. ARCAL LIGHTING. 
General Aviation Asphalt Apron. Tie Downs - No Charge. Self-Serve Pay at the Pump Aviation 100LL Fuel. Jet Fuel - ASIG 902-564-8101. Ground Handling - Airconsol 902-567-0872.
Canada Border Services at YQY: No charge Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm & no charge on weekends Sat. Sun. 8:00am - 4:00pm  Cost Recovery after hours and holidays. 
Phone CANPASS to make arrangements 1-888-CANPASS (1-888-226-7277)
YQY is a CANPASS Airport - Register with CANPASS and land at any time, day or night. 

The 1-888-CANPASS (1-888-226-7277) toll-free line is only available in Canada and the United States. If a flight originates outside Canada or the United States, the 1-888 number is not available and the pilot must call the TRC directly (long-distance charges may apply).
TRC for All of Canada
Hamilton, ON
Telephone: 905-679-2073
Fax: 905-679-6877
Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting Services 


Passengers are reminded to check-in at least 90 minutes before their departure to avoid the risk of being denied boarding.

The airlines are strictly enforcing their check-in cut off time of 45 minutes prior to departure. The terminal is busy with three early morning departures and passengers have to get through security.  The airlines finalize their weight and balance calculations 45 minutes prior to departure and that process takes up to 40 minutes.  Please check-in 90 minutes prior to your departure to avoid the risk of being denied boarding.


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