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FYI, Picton is still a PPR airport except for PEFC breakfast, second Sunday of each month and Father's Day breakfast. Also there is a new registration box beside the old gas pumps. Please fill out the form. No tiedown fee. No fuel available.
The runways are maintained but are 70 years old so are far from perfect. No snow removal. Flying club is active but own no a/c. There are about 7 a/c based here in the summer.
St. Lawrence Auto Club (of Kingston) will hold autoslaloms on various Sundays during the months of April, May, June, September & October on sections of the air strip. Best to check NOTAMS (as issued by the Prince Edward Flying Club) as the airport is closed completely (except for emergency landings) during these Sundays
The PPR is worth checking as The Central Region Gliding School operates out of picton with an extensive operation of up to and including 10 aircraft consisting of the Schweizer 2-33 aircraft and Bellanca Scout Tow aircraft within 5 NM of the airport and up to and including 3500' ASL. This activity is done during the months of JUNE JULY and AUGUST annually.
Itinerant traffic is requested to avoid the airport if possible. Pilots planning to transit the area are requested to check Trenton (YTR) ATIS at 135.45 or YTR Twr 128.7 for confirmation of gliding activity prior to entry. Pilots interested in landing at Picton should contact "GLIDER GROUND" on 123.2.
If you have any questions please contact the Schools Unit Flight Safety Officer, at 613-242-8820 or by email at christopher.toth(at)forces.gc.ca
Captain | Capitaine
Regional Cadet Air Operations (Central) | Opérations aériennes des cadets (région centrale)
Flight Safety Officer | Officier de securite des vols
National Defence | Défense nationale
Astra ON, Canada K0K 3WO
Christopher.Toth(at)forces.gc.ca (as at 19 Nov 08)
Telephone | Téléphone 613-392-2811 x 2970 / Facsimile | Télécopieur 888-799-5991
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada
Thanks for checking, Blake -- I'm glad that my fears were unfounded. Maybe the PPR is just an insurance thing, in case someone lands without checking runway conditions and tears off a strut.
I got more information, from Bob Kisin, a member of the Buttonville Flying club:
"I was there yesterday & spoke to a club member. Loch Sloy is a British Company that owns the property. This has long been the case, apparently and the PEFC rents their clubhouse & a hangar from the owners.
The PPR isn't enforced as far as I know (at least on fly-in days). However, because the runways are not maintained in winter, a call regarding current conditions is suggested. Many PEFC planes "live" at other airports in the region."