From: Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities / Ministre
des Transports, de l'infrastructure et des
Dear Mr. Schmid:
Thank you for your correspondence of November 1, 2006, to the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, regarding aircraft operations in the vicinity of British Columbia's Lower Mainland. The Minister has asked me to reply on his behalf.
At the outset, I should explain that the regulation of aviation in
Canada is the responsibility of Transport Canada. While major reductions in aircraft noise have occurred, it is not feasible to eliminate such noise completely. Newer aircraft are substantially quieter than their older counterparts, but there is still a large inventory of older smaller aircraft that remain in operation. Until these aircraft have reached the end of their service life, they will
remain in active use. In the Vancouver area, most aviation activities
involve large transcontinental aircraft, medium-sized regional aircraft, floatplanes, helicopters and small aircraft, all of which require the use of various aircraft routes. While many of these routes pass over water, some traverse populated areas, such as Vancouver.
This is an unavoidable necessity.
As you may be aware, NAV CANADA is responsible for the day-to-day
management of Canada's airspace, including the design and publication of air traffic procedures and the provision of air traffic control services. In response to increased air traffic levels, NAV CANADA has instituted a study of the airspace structure around Vancouver. Under current legislation, NAV CANADA is not required to conduct environmental impact studies; however, I would encourage you to contact the NAV CANADA study group at firstname.lastname@example.org to voice your concerns. Aviation is a popular mode of travel and is an essential
component of the economic well-being of British Columbia. Given the topography of coastal British Columbia coupled with the growing demand for air service, an increase in the volume of air traffic is inevitable. Vancouver is the hub of the region's economy; it is also Canada's western gateway and a centre for culture and tourism. While the elimination of aircraft noise is not feasible, Transport Canada will work, where possible, with communities, aircraft operators, airports and NAV CANADA to reduce noise while maintaining a safe aviation system.
Should you have further concerns with respect to this matter, I would
invite you to contact Mr. Chris Cox, Regional Manager, Aerodromes and Air Navigation, Civil Aviation. For your
ease of reference, his address is as follows:
Transport Canada, 620-800 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC V6Z 2J8
Telephone: 604-666-2103, Email: email@example.com
I trust that the foregoing has clarified the department's position with
respect to this matter. Thank you for writing.
Sandeep Pandher, M.Eng