Kincardine Municipal Airport celebrates 50 years

Kincardine Municipal Airport celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday August 21 (2022).

Airport manager Stephen Rouse said the anniversary had to be delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. “The planning committee was however delighted to be able to celebrate the anniversary this year in person, albeit a bit late.”

A recent press release said Stanley Pickles of Kincardine, who has been involved in planning the anniversary event and at the airport for 30 years, is so passionate about aviation that he has created a book about the airport history that includes photographs of activities that took place. over the past 50 years. In the release, Pickles said, “A local airport is part of a community and a connection to aviation history in Canada and around the world. I wanted to create this book to document the legacy of the Kincardine Municipal Airport.

The pickles provided some fun facts About Kincardine Municipal Airport:

· Kincardine Municipal Airport CYKM, is a Transport Canada registered airport located 3 kilometers north of Kincardine on Highway 21, currently operated by Phoenix Airport Management Group Inc. and occupies 120 acres, overlooking beautiful Lake Huron.
· It serves as a base for sightseeing tours, business jets, air ambulance services and recreational pilots.
· There are two paved runways with a full ARCAL system as well as NDB and GPS LPV approaches.
· July 1980 – following a report by Paragon Engineering, the track paving and lighting installation was completed with funding from local, state and federal governments.

Airport managers:

Carol Little (former Msgr. for 17 years) – photo submitted

Ron Fenton, 1970 – 1990
Carol Little, 1990 – 2007
Blake Evans, 2007 -2019 (deceased)
Stephen Rouse, 2019–present

Events hosted:
10 airshows have taken place over the years including participation by the Snowbirds, RCAF Downsview, RCAF Trenton
The Young Eagles and COPA for Kids programs have introduced several hundred young people to aviation through a first round
ABC Weekends brought planes, bikes and cars to the airport for a community celebration

Other activities:
· Air breakfasts, Trillium fly-in for Massed Bands to raise money for charity
· an active COPA chapter to organize such events, an active remote control aircraft club
awareness sessions for local schools and air cadets
open houses and other events for community and charity
Convention C180/185 bringing together visitors from the United States and Canada
· Interprovincial air tour with 55 planes

The gates of Kincardine Airport were open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday so the public could view the static display of airplanes and vintage cars. Among the aircraft on display were an Ontario Provincial Police helicopter and several aircraft depicting an earlier era of flight.

For a larger view, click on the image
(photos sent)

MP Ben Lobb

Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb also dropped by with congratulations on the airport.

Over the years the airport has seen many changes including the extension and improvement of the runway paving to accommodate larger and/or jet aircraft. Runway improvements allowed for more business air travel and interconnecting flights.

In 2012, under the direction of then General Manager Murray Clarke, a new logo and website was designed for Kincardine Airport.

New logo

The new logo features a sunset, water and a light jet plane, designed by Scott Evans of Evans Media, Kincardine.

Murray Clarke (file photo)

At this time, CAO Clarke said the launch of a dedicated, attractive and informative website for the airport was an important initiative in conjunction with the new logo, signage and brochures. Clarke felt that the airport would benefit from more comprehensive public and user information and promotional material that would highlight the airport’s proximity to the city.

In 2015, what was known as the ‘airport house’ had long been in contention until Kincardine council made the decision to have it demolished before the opportunity arose to move the house to an offsite location. According to Clarke at the time, the decision to sell the house had been the original hope for the structure to avoid demolition. He felt it was a win-win situation because it eliminated the need for the municipality to manage demolition waste and also eliminated the dumping fee waiver of approximately $9,000.

The many changes to Kincardine Airport over its 50 years have made it a viable transportation hub.

During the anniversary celebration, a souvenir gift bag was also given to the first 250 guests and everyone had the opportunity to savor a slice of history with a special anniversary cake.

Cutting the birthday cake (photo submitted)

Melissa C. Keyes