Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Castlegar - Cancelgar

Selkirk College, Castlegar, from AC Dash 8
rain on landing, Vancouver airport

Last week I flew Air Canada to Ottawa.  These photos were taken on the outbound leg.  Not a flying day in the Cessna!  Alas, 6 days later was not a flying day for Air Canada either.

Bad weather delayed my return by 24 hours.  With mountains at both ends of the runway and outdated navigation electronics in the commercial aircraft that fly this route, Castlegar frequently becomes Cancelgar between November and March.  When Castlegar is closed, it means a flight to Kelowna, then a 7 hour + bus ride or 4 hour drive home. What we need is some competition from WestJet.  Fingers are crossed that they will take on this route, with their new state-of-the-art regional jets.

Here is the YCG approach, shot in good weather.  The comments are interesting, too.

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