Vanderhoof Airport has been awarded Airport of the Year in B.C. in a ceremony held by the BC Aviation Council in Vancouver.
The aviation council hosted Silver Wings on Oct. 24. The event recognizes excellence in the aviation industry and awards scholarships to aviation students.
“Winning the award means there is a progressive attitude at the airport,” said Brian Frenkel, municipal councillor and person-in charge of the district’s asset.
“We expanded our apron and lowered our appoaches,” he said noting the district’s primary goal is to make sure MEDEVAC flights get in and out of the district smoothly.
Vanderhoof Airport is a key part of the district’s infrastructure, Frenkel said.
The trophy the Vanderhoof Airport received is called the William Templeton Trophy and the local airport was nominated by a former chair of the BC Aviation Council, Mark Duncan.
In the nomination, Duncan mentioned that the Vanderhoof Airport Development Society (VADS) have “an outstanding initiative and achievement developing a community airport,” as per an Oct. 25 news release from VADS.
The trophy aimed to recognize the new hangar and formation of the Vanderhoof Airport Development Society.
Glenn and Ingrid Pearce from the airport development society were in Vancouver to accept the trophy and represent the aviation groups associated with the airport.
“It was a great occasion. I made some terrific contacts and despite the short notice, I am glad we made it to the event,” Glenn said.
The trophy will be in Vanderhoof for a year until it is awarded again at this annual event.
Correction: The story and headline was updated at 3:30 pm on Oct. 26 to reflect that the airport received Airport of the Year Award and not Best small community airport.