Thu, 22 Oct 2009
at Boundary Bay Airport,
Boundary Bay is a Canadian training airport located in southwest British Columbia, about 15 miles south of the city of Vancouver. There is no FBO, just a small terminal with minimal services. Renting a car to drive to Vancouver would probably be cheaper than taking a taxi. Public transit isn't very frequent, only during business hours, but is inexpensive. For schedule information, call 604.953.3333
There are two rivers, about seven miles east of the airport, the Nicomeckl and the Serpentine, not the Nickel as a previous poster suggested. The best resouces a pilot can have for flying into or out of any Class C airspace like ZBB are a current Canada Flight Supplement and the Vancouver terminal area map (VTA). The latter is printed on both sides, showing arrival and departure routes and reporting points. All airspace is clearly marked. "Unfamiliar with the area" should get the attention of ATC. Both maps may be purchased from Pacific Flying Club, Professional IFR or several other flight schools. Pay careful attention while joining the circuit (Canada's terminology for the pattern). Scan for aircraft that are on the crosswind leg, turning to downwind. RWY 25 circuits are right hand, as are circuits on rwy 30, for noise abatement. It is important to realize that Vancxouver is a busy airport and it is possible to inadventently stumble into the wrong airspace. The aaispace east of CYVR is the primary departure route for a multitude of heavy transport aircraft.
VFR traffic from the south will probably make initial contact at Point Roberts, either as first contact or after being passed of by the terminal area controller. Traffic from the southeast will probably use the Whatcom VORTAC (113.000), then report to Outer Tower at the railway trestle, near the east end of Boundary Bay, for landings on rwy 25. Northbound traffic will probably use Point Roberts for initial contact, also on outer tower. From the southeast, be cognizant of a small airspace corridor near near the Whatcom Vortac and the White Rock NDB, which serves as the inital approach fix for the approach to Abbotsford airport, about 20 miles east of ZBB. VFR traffic MUST be below 1500 feet in that area. Aircraft arriving from the east will also use the Trestle as their first reporting point. The floor of the terminal area is just 1500 ASL soget low early to avoid extra frequency changes. A smaller airport, Delta airpark is about four miles east of the airfield. Stay at or above 1000 feet until west of that airport.
Key frequencies: ATIS-125.5; Terminal-125.2; Outer Tower-127.6; Inner Tower 118.1 Ground-124.3. ARCAL is 118.1, type K. Not sure whether it requires 5 or 7 clicks to operate it.
The IFR runway is 07, with a DME arc approach, using the Vancouver Vortac (115.9). Approach/departure are with Vancouver Approach, on 132.2. Runway 07-25 is 5000 feet long; rwy 12-30 is 3755 feet. This airport has basic approach lighting and has no PAPI or VASI on any of the four runways.
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