Airport Operations

YBW operates around-the clock, offering a wide range of services to its aviation users and acting as a base for private and commercial aircraft operations in both the fixed wing and rotary wing (helicopter) categories. 

Facilities in place at Springbank Airport support both daytime and night-time operations by piston-engine and jet aircraft, operating under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).

Much of the aircraft movement on a given day at Springbank is associated with flight training. YBW is an important regional centre for flight training, both for ab initio training for students just beginning to learn to fly, and for those seeking to extend their flying capabilities into more advanced areas. 

Ab initio training involves student pilots, both in fixed wing and helicopters, practicing their skills in the air through circuits involving repetitious landings and takeoffs at Springbank. At other times, student pilots transit to and from Springbank airport to undertake additional training at the designated practice areas away from the airport.

Commercial and charter aircraft, both piston-engined and jet powered, as well as helicopters, operate at the airport on a regular basis. YBW is also home to a number of private aircraft owners and is a favourite destination for pilots from other airports travelling to, and through, our region.

Springbank airport is also a designated Forestry Protection Base, and so plays host to a number of air tankers, or water bombers, who are on call to respond should there be a forest fire in the region.

The illustrated graph below maps the flow of fixed-wing aircraft movements in the air arriving, departing, and undergoing training at and around Springbank Airport. Rotary-wing (helicopter) traffic is not pictured on this illustration.