Flight service specialists provide airport with highly skilled service

I would like to clarify some misinformation and omissions in the story published Jan. 20 in the Castlegar News (‘One third of December flights cancelled.’)

I would like to clarify some misinformation and omissions in the story published Jan. 20 in the Castlegar News (‘One third of December flights cancelled.’)

The article did not mention that Nav Canada operates a Flight Service Station (FSS) at the Castlegar Airport. The FSS is staffed by five flight service specialists.

Flight service specialists are highly trained aviation professionals who provide air traffic services at 57 airports across the country. Services they provide to pilots include air traffic advisories, detailed weather information and runway conditions.

They are also responsible for controlling all vehicles on the ground and provide pilots with any relevant vehicle activities. A flight service specialist would also assist pilots in emergencies and notify search and rescue when aircraft are overdue.

The story suggests that the air traffic service provided by Nav Canada at Castlegar was a factor in the number of cancellations. This is not the case.

The article also mistakenly attributes this suggestion to comments made by me. I did not make any such comment.

Ron Singer

Manager, Media Relations

Nav Canada

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