All references to any commercial interest in the Sechelt airport have been removed from the official plans that are found on the District website.
All commercial operators approached were “reluctant” to get involved as reported in the minutes of Aug. 27, so the committee directed the removal of the references to commercial carriers.
Interestingly, the references to commercial interests were allowed to remain in recent presentations made by delegation to the Sunshine Coast Regional District and the Town of Gibsons. It was again stated as a goal to have six commercial Dash 8 flights per day in the front page article of Coast Reporter, Oct. 18.
Residential through the fence airport access and secure public commercial flights are mutually exclusive. It will be impossible for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority to provide security and it will be prohibitive to insure for commercial carriers.
The federal authorities will consider a change to the Sechelt Airport only as long as the action protects, advances or benefits the public interest in civil aviation. There is a strict requirement for the sponsor, users and the government stakeholders at all levels to ascertain the benefit to aviation in real and documented terms. The interests of real-estate developers, businesses or other non-aviation interests do not take precedence over the aviation interests, especially in this federally obligated airport.
To propose to build an air park on a federally obligated airport is exposing us to the very serious risk of the federal government’s reverter clause being enacted.
The Sunshine Coast could find itself without a public airport altogether if the current approach to funding by “pre-selling” residential lease lots is allowed to progress any further.
Marc Nixon, Selma Park