Airport Tower saved by NAV Canada

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Three Sault College Aviation aircraft sit on the tarmac of the airport with the NAV Canada tower in the backround. (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

After a prolonged investigation by NAV Canada, they announced today they would be keeping operations at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport tower ongoing for the foreseeable future.

NAV CANADA is committing that there will be no site closures at air traffic control towers or flight service stations across the country. In addition, the Company will suspend aeronautical studies currently underway related to remote or northern locations until further notice.

“Stakeholder engagement is at the heart of NAV CANADA’s aeronautical study process. The valuable input we have received indicates that a balanced approach is warranted as the industry navigates the ongoing pandemic. We are proactively taking these steps to maintain a consistent level of service as the aviation industry and our many partners shift their focus to recovery,” said Ray Bohn, President and CEO.

Terry Bos, CEO for the airport, says he is extremely happy with the decision.

“It’s very good news, excellent news, we knew we had put together a strong case to retain their services. But we also worked very closely with the other six towers that were potentially going to be closed to put some pressure on,” said Bos.

He was also happy it would help Sault College with their expansion plans.

“So this is great news, because now the college will be able to fully execute their expansion plans get more aircraft into the air at a time.”

Rick Webb, Director Human Resources and Communications for Sault College, said they are also happy with the news.

“We’re thrilled about it obviously, I think Dr. Common, Colin Kirkwood and David Orazietti have all spoken about how the tower is helpful for our students by helping us train in controlled airspace.”

Stay with SaultOnline as we bring you more reaction to this story in the next few days.