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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Saugeen Shores Airport to Upgrade Fuel System

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

The municipality would like to see that tank brought above ground

The Port Elgin grass Airport is under snow right now but will be up and running again next year when the weather turns good.

Chair of the Airport Committee, Tony Alberts, speaking to Saugeen Shores Committee of the Whole on December 9th, says 2019 was a good year for the airport.

Alberts says they made just over $33,000 during the good weather season and spent just over $34,000 which included a $22,360 grant from the muncipality.

He says one of the big challenges for 2020 is upgrading the fuel system at the airport.

Alberts says the tank is in-ground and holds a lot of fuel.

The municipality would like to see that tank brought above ground however, one of the challenges there is condensation.

Alberts says aviation fuel and water don't mix.

Other plans include an airport weather station upgrade, along with terminal and apron lighting improvements.

The airport is a seasonal grass operation and home to about 8 planes year-round.

Pilots who want to use their planes year round tend to leave them at airports in Wiarton, Kincardine, Owen Sound and Hanover because of the hard runways and opportunities to house their planes in hangars.

Alberts says their goal every year is ensuring the Port Elgin Airport is maintained and continues to be viewed as the friendliest and one of the best grass airports in Ontario.

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