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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
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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."
Blake: that might be bad news about the change in ownership. I wonder if they're planning to close the airport and build a development.
I noticed that the owner of the airport has changed. From a NOTAM:
080099 CYGK PICTON
CNT7 AMEND PUB: OPR TO READ: LOCH SLOY HOLDINGS LTD
613-399-9076, 613-393-3152 OR 613-476-3064 REG PPR
So looks like the airport is now owned by a private company, and not the Prince Edward Flying Club.
I'd recommend calling ahead to COPA flight 53 which is based here for the latest update on conditions. When I was there the Air Cadets were running glider ops off of runway 17/35, which is still in very good shape. The other two runways have deteriorated significantly with lots of cracks and grass, and small loose rocks scattered over the surface. Most of the ramp is much worse, with many areas that have loose nails, broken glass and gravel lying around. The flying club is located at the N-W corner of the field, tie downs are available there, and the ramp is cleaner there too. Also remember that the closest fuel is at Tyendinaga, or Kingston if you want it for cheaper. Picton is an extremely scenic airport though, and thoroughly underused so you'll have no problems parking or anything.
All the old runways are here - a complete British Commonwealth Air Training Programme field from the 1940's. Some hangars are intact, but they are being used for other purposes now. A popular breakfast fly-in every second Sunday during the summer. Lots of ultralights in the area, and watch for gliders from Mountainview. No fuel at Picton, you will have to go to Tyendinaga (Mohawk) CPU6 for fuel.
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