Air force continues Nunavut airfield assessments

International team to visit Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay, Resolute Bay and Arctic Bay

A group of Royal Canadian Air Force and United States Air Force members will be assessing airfield infrastructure in five locations across Nunavut over the next nine days. (File photo)

By Dustin Patar

The Royal Canadian Air Force, along with two members of the United States Air Force, are visiting five Nunavut communities over the next week.

The international team will visit and overnight in Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay, Resolute Bay, Arctic Bay and Alert in order to conduct a series of airfield infrastructure assessments.

According to a news release from the air force, the tour will provide valuable information needed to operate aircraft in Canada’s northern communities.

Last month, the RCAF conducted a similar series of airfield assessments across several other Nunavut and Nunavik communities.

The international team completed a two-week isolation in Yellowknife before beginning their mission on Wednesday.

According to the release, they will be travelling between communities using Royal Canadian Air Force transport aircraft and overnighting at local hotels separate from the general population.

The team will be following all public health guidelines, according to the release.

The trip is slated to end March 12.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by Copperminer on

    When you are checking on the airstrip, pls check on the thousands of pounds of sand that flies off to the river, bay and the community each time the jets land and take off. You can see the sand on top of the ice for miles, to where we auger. We breathe in the dust which is hard on lungs, especially in the warmer months. Huge dark cloud afterward flights.

    If the other communities can have cement strips, why not Kugluktuk.

    • Posted by Forever Amazed on

      Was going to give you a hands down than thought about it again. Cdn North jets land in Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay – on dirt runways and there is a lot of dust. Rankin has a paved runway, as well as Iqaluit. Not sure of the maintenance issues for a paved runway, however, even with the prop planes, a lot of dust is stirred up in any of the Nunavut airports. Of course, there is a cost – however, something that perhaps should be looked in to.

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