If you recall, during the summer of 2012, Runway 07/25, the airport’s 8,000 foot runway was completely reconstructed, including resurfacing, realignment of the runway crown, installation of new runway edge lighting, replacement of electrical wiring and NAV CANADA’s Instrument Landing System (ILS), and the creation of new Runway End Safety Areas (RESAs). Prior to the runway reconstruction, the runway met Transport Canada’s standards, and these changes brought the runway’s standards in line with both the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).
In June, the Authority announced that it was set to become the first major in airport in Canada to undertake runway grooving. Grooving is a proven and effective technique for improving drainage and providing increased friction for aircraft landing. It involves saw cuts in the asphalt that are 6 mm deep by 6 mm wide and 38 mm apart, perpendicular to the runway centerline and over the entire length of the runway. Grooving is common practice in the United States however it has not been adopted at major airports in Canada, nor is it a requirement of Transport Canada, the airport’s regulator. The Authority will groove the runway to FAA standards, which has received the support and praise of the major domestic airlines that serve Ottawa.
Grooving activities are expected to take less than two weeks, so hopefully the impact on your residents will be minimal. I hope you will share the information with any residents who may call your office concerning the temporary change in aircraft flight patterns or increased noise. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs
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