Nav Canada launches new ATC service at Mirabel

Nav Canada Press Release | January 30, 2020

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Recognizing that air traffic at YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel was steadily rising, Nav Canada began an aeronautical study to assess the needs of this growing region in 2017. The study for YMX showed over 69,000 aircraft movements in 2017 and exceeded 72,000 movements in 2018.

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Pilots must now be prepared for the type of air traffic control services being offered at Mirabel, depending upon their time of arrival. Aéroports de Montréal Photo

Nav Canada’s mission is to deliver a safe, efficient and cost-effective air navigation service from coast to coast to coast. The company regularly examines the services it offers across the country, responding to changing demands.

The YMX aeronautical study assessed the amount of air traffic and its distribution throughout the day; airport and airspace configuration; and more. As a result, starting Jan. 30, 2020, airport control service will now be offered during peak periods of the day. This will include a 16-hour period from 06:00h to 22:00h; airport advisory services will be offered for the remaining eight hours from 22:00h to 06:00h. Weather observation services will continue to be offered 24 hours a day.

“YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel has become a world-renowned aeronautical park, resulting in an increase in air movements for the various partners that have made it their home. The reopening of the control tower illustrates the dynamism and vitality of YMX and demonstrates its strong development potential,” said Stéphane Lapierre, vice-president, Airport Operations and Air Services Development. “This is excellent news, which also sets the stage for the aero-logistics hub project announced last spring to improve and expand logistics activities on the site.”

Pilots should be prepared for the type of service being offered when they are arriving and departing at YMX, as well as understanding their responsibilities.If a pilot is arriving or departing when airport control services are offered, he or she must follow the directions of the air traffic controllers, and all related procedures. When airport advisory services are offered, pilots must use the information provided by the flight service specialists to make safe and responsible decisions as they arrive and depart the airport.


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