I like the muni (yeah I'm going to call it that ) because it's so convenient, but the majority of people that live in Edmonton probably don't care. I believe most Canadians hate airplanes unless they are taking them to Cabo for a discount vacation.
I think most Canadians have forgotten about aviation and what it does period. We work hard in our museum, as other museums do across Canada, to educate the public on not just the history but what it does for them today from AG to Airlines.
But as an aviation culture we need to work together to do more. You see if people don't know about something they don't care, we don't give them a reason to care.
I think those in general aviation up there will just wait until they have no other choice to develop an alternate to the international.
That is the problem, we need to be working NOW to get things in place before we are out of time. If businesses do not have a place to move where the can afford to operate they can't wait and will just move somewhere else.
If I am angry about something other than the ECCA closure it's the lack of developing a place for ALL of the industry to go, rather than just those that can support the higher costs.
Once we lose it it will be almost impossible to get it back.
Don't let it slow you down Tom, I Like your effort.
Appreciate that, but I am one voice right now and the common response is..."nobody is complaining so things are fine." It's time to make noise (pro or con) or lose things.
What does Fort Saskatchewan have? I could see that city and a couple of the plants getting behind a nice medium facility.
The Fort has Josephburg and what you described has happened to an extent, but additional development is limited (I know of 2 buyers for lots that have tried for years they tell me) the runway is too short for an alternate and no ILS. Add in the distance from the City market and its out of the game.
Villeneuve has some potential as it is 34 minutes from the core by google maps and driving it and only minutes from St Albert and the Northside.
The future is in private ventures I fear.
Agreed, there are willing investors, but only if they own the land. They won't invest unless there is a proven demand. No one is showing that demand.
Government, especially in Alberta does not want to do business, even if it would attract more business.
I believe that is part of why we will lose the muni.
I believe if there is a business demand and enough noise the Province of Alberta will become involved, they need the alternate as much as anyone else, for medivac.
Villeneuve, St. Albert, County of Sturgeon can use the economic development.
But again...if there is no demonstrable demand and no vocal support there is nothing to work with.