Airport's Transport Canada Centre
The new Abbotsford TCC is home to 13 employees, and serves aviation clients in the Fraser Valley from Boundary Bay to Hope. According to a recent department statement, "Transport Canada continues to evolve to meet the challenges of the next century. Our mission is to develop and administer policies, regulations and services for the best possible transportation system, The Department is commercializing many of its operational activities, overhauling transportation policy, streamlining regulations, reducing subsidies and cutting overhead. The Department no longer owns, operates or subsidizes large parts of the transportation system. The role of the new Transport Canada is to oversee the transportation system, developing up-to-date, relevant transportation policies and legislation and maintaining a high level of safety and security. This encompasses transportation activities in marine, rail, air and road sectors.
These services are delivered through ten Transport Canada Centres. (TCC's) and a Regional Headquarters in Pacific Region. The role of Transport Canada is to ensure that Canada's transportation system is one of the safest in the world and able to support trade, tourism and job creation by bolstering Canada competitiveness in domestic and international markets.
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....Airport Manager Curtis Grad, who assumed his new position in June, 1999, sees a rosy future for Abbotsford Airport. He is excited about its capacity for larger aircraft, and his marketing "crystal ball" envisions charters to points near and far, plus transborder service via US carriers. WestJet is already bringing in 737s and the airport could handle 747s in the future. Curtis expects much more action on the airport's undeveloped east side, an open door for new manufacturing, warehousing and service businesses. A native of Saskatchewan, Mr. Grad has been active in the management end of the aviation/airport industry for over a decade at Victoria, Regina, Pitt Meadows and Abbotsford (a previous assignment). He was Nanaimo's Airport Manager for the past three years (Operations Manager for 1 1/2 years prior to that). His excellent record speaks for itself. Curtis Grad is past President of INAC, International Northwest Aviation Council, with members from many Western States, Provinces and Territories.
Basic details: Abbotsford Airport, located 3.2km (2 miles) from the city center, is capable of handling the largest commercial aircraft, and is fully equipped for instrument landing. The airport caters to private and scheduled air traffic, domestic and international flights, and acts as an alternative to the Vancouver International Airport. The facility has two runways of approximately 2,440 meters (8,000 feet) and 1,600 meters (5,273 feet) in length, with night operation available on the longest runway. The control tower is in operation 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and the Flight Service Station operates 24 hours per day. Commuter air shuttle service is operated by Airspeed Aviation (604-852-9245) to Victoria, Monday to Friday; the company also offers charter flights throughout North America. A number of other companies offer charter services by plane or helicopter.