Automated weather system for Sandspit

  • Nov. 26, 2004 7:00 p.m.

NAV Canada is closing down the human-operated weather station at the Sandspit airport and replacing it with a 24-hour automated weather system.
The change takes effect Jan. 20, said NAV Canada spokesperson Louis Garneau.
At the same time, NAV Canada will be installing a human-operated weather office at the Masset airport for 12 hours a day, although no date has been set for its start-up, Mr. Garneau said.
The change is part of a nation-wide review of NAV Canada services. The Sandspit weather station is one of 23 across Canada which are being closed and replaced with automated systems.
“We look at the requirements overall in the region and try to balance out human observations with computer observations,” Mr. Garneau said. “The objective is to have good weather coverage in the region.”
The Sandspit airport may get more traffic than the Masset airport, but that had nothing to do with the decision, he said.
“It doesn’t necessarily have to do with the traffic, it has to do with the weather,” he said.
A NAV Canada briefing paper on the situation notes that with regards to Sandspit, “some distrust AWOS (the automated weather observation system) while others find it acceptableÂ… The climate study indicates that the AWOS is a good fit for this location.”
Masset, on the other hand, is a “data-sparse area with difficult flying conditions” and customers are eager to see the change to human weather observers, the briefing paper says.
Regional director Duane Gould said he had not heard that NAV Canada was switching to an automated system at the Sandspit airport.
“As far as I know, it’s not a hot button issue yet,” he said. “My question is, how accurate is it?”
Mr. Gould said he has heard complaints from Smithers representatives about NAV Canada’s plan for that town’s airport, which involve reducing hours at the Flight Service Station and installing an automated system. He said the Smithers reps were worried that flights could be cancelled if the automated system konks out.
Mr. Garneau said the service change on the islands does not require Transport Canada approval, although NAV Canada did present the plan to Transport Canada and “they did not have any problem.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Iconic Haida Gwaii species to be included in literary field guide for ‘Cascadia’

Experts, artists working on literary field guide with ‘kinship clusters’ for Pacific Northwest

Kristi Lane Sinclair art doc ‘taking a different stance’ on the Gaag.iid

Toronto-based Haida artist hopes to start editing passion project on the fabled ‘wild man’ next month

Furniture in the gym, arrows in hallways: SD50 staff report on return to in-class instruction

All 6 schools allowed return to partial in-class learning June 11; Staff submitted reports June 18

Village of Masset working to provide call-in information for council meetings

Members of the public, media have not had access to Masset council meetings for months

Village of Queen Charlotte reopens Haydn Turner Campground, ‘bear park’ and more

Several Village of Queen Charlotte amenities reopened on Saturday, June 27

‘This year is unlike any other’: Trudeau delivers Canada day address

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and the Prime Minister release video celebrating the national holiday

Canada Day tractor incident kills three children, injures seven in Quebec

The tractor driver has been arrested following the accident

Undercover operation exposes prominent human trafficking problem in Greater Victoria

VicPD’s Operation No More took place in mid-June at a local hotel

Tsilhqot’in Nation demands meeting with feds on declining Fraser River chinook stocks

The Nation wants to partner with DFO to rebuild and recover the stocks

PHOTOS: Dual rallies take over Legislature lawn on Canada Day

Resist Canada 153 highlighted colonization and genocide, Unify the People called COVID a hoax

Gov. General honours Canadians for bravery, volunteer service

Five categories of winners presented on Canada Day

COVID-19: Should non-medical masks be mandatory in Canada?

New poll shows Canadians are divided on the rules around mandatory masks

‘A little bit scary for everybody’: Air passengers wary as new rules take effect

Masks or face coverings have been mandatory on flights since April 20

Most Read