Vanderhoof Flying Club has acquired a public aviation fuel system

Northern Development Initiative Trust and Nechako-Kitamaat Development Society contributed towards the purchase.

Public fuel system acquired by the Vanderhoof Flying Club. (Submitted photo)

Visiting aircraft and local flyers will now have access to a public aviation fuel system at the Vanderhoof Municipal Airport, all thanks to the District’s flying club.

Officials from the Vanderhoof Flying Club said the fuel system was on sale, and there was fear that it would be bought by another jurisdiction.

“This would have been a huge setback for the viability of the municipally owned facility,” Paul Collard, president of the Vanderhoof Airport Development Society.

Northern Development Initiative Trust and Nechako-Kitamaat Development Society contributed $75,000 and $35,000 respectively towards the purchase, with the local flying club picking up the rest of the cost.

“Much thanks are due to Dave Fehr for his invaluable assistance towards this, and other initiatives to further the aviation interests of Vanderhoof,” Collard said.

The fuel system is self-contained with fuel for both piston and turbine engines. Additionally this service is available all day, everyday, with a credit card terminal.

Collard said any profits from sales will be kept in the area, and invested into the Flying School in Vanderhoof.

“Possible expansion of the flight training could be with a twin engine plane, or float equipped aircraft. Training in both these type of aircraft is much in demand, and Vanderhoof is ably situated with the professionally qualified instructors to deliver,” he said, adding many students from the Lower Mainland, and other Provinces can be attracted to take intensive training here.

At the opening ceremony during the 2020 Air Hug, Club President Floyd Wuthrich expressed his gratitude to NDIT and NKDF, “for investing in the local economy and recognizing how important the airport is to the region.”

READ MORE: Photos: Vanderhoof’s airshow society hosts successful regional event


Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

aman.parhar@ominecaexpress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twåitter

airportsdevelopmentnorthernbc

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Lake Babine Nation in Woyenne sees two positive Covid cases

Chief Gordon Alec gives the community an update

Single vehicle rollover on Highway 16 claims life of young woman, seriously injures another

The single vehicle incident occurred at Highway 16 and Hillcrest Way

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

COVID-19 cases grow to 13 at B.C. First Nation near Fort St. James

“This is very serious,” says Nak’azdli Whut’en Chief

Directional traffic change coming to one-way street beside McLeod Elementary

This change will be in effect starting Monday, Oct. 5.

Orange Shirt Society launches first textbook on residential school history

Phyllis Webstad and Joan Sorley worked on the 156-page book to help educate students

Metis pilot Teara Fraser profiled in new DC Comics graphic novel of women heroes

The Canadian pilot’s entry is titled: ‘Teara Fraser: Helping Others Soar’

Horgan vows to replace B.C.’s shared senior care rooms in 10 years

$1.4 billion construction on top of staff raises, single-site work

More sex abuse charges laid against B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’

Investigators now focussing efforts on alleged victims within the Glad Tidings Church community

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Orange Shirt Day lessons of past in today’s classrooms

Phyllis Webstad, who attended St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in British Columbia, is credited for creating the movement

Greens’ Furstenau fires at NDP, Liberals on pandemic recovery, sales tax promise

She also criticized the NDP economic recovery plan, arguing it abandons the tourism industry

U.S. Presidential Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

Here are key takeaways from the first of three scheduled presidential debates before Election Day on Nov. 3

Most Read