June 1, 2021 Council to consider final lease approval.
A recording of the May 4, 2021, Public Town Hall to hear public feedback on the recommended terms of renewal for the revised Schedule C (formerly known as Schedule D) is available to watch here.
Proposed Lease Operating Details
Draft Schedule "C" (Formerly Schedule “D” in 2011-2021 Lease) Conduct of a Helicopter Business
This Schedule defines the heliport business operations conducted by the Tenant (the “Heliport”) at the Canmore Municipal Heliport. Business operations shall be monitored and reviewed annually by the Canmore Heliport Monitoring Committee.
The Heliport shall be operated in accordance with the following regulations:
a. Town of Canmore Land Use Bylaw
b. The Canadian Aviation Regulation (CARS) as administered by Transport Canada
i. Visual Flight Rules (VFR) utilizing Civil Aviation Airport Certificate 5151-545 as issued by the Minister of Transport. VFR means that aircraft can depart at the beginning of civil twilight or land at the end of civil twilight.
ii. Approved Operations Manual filed with Transport Canada
b) Any additional laws, regulations, or rules that may be passed now or in the future, by any governmental authority and/or the Landlord, and are applicable to the Heliport and the Tenant’s operations on the Leased Premises.
2. Itinerant Helicopter Operations
The Tenant shall permit private helicopters to land at the heliport on a "Prior Permission Required" (PPR) basis. This requirement will be published in the Canadian Flight Supplement which must be carried in all aircraft when they are flying.
3. Alpine Helicopter Operations
The primary helicopter activities to be conducted at the Heliport include sightseeing, commercial operations and emergency services. Details of each business area and operating parameters are provided below.
a) Sightseeing Operations
For sightseeing flights, the Tenant shall:
i. Operate such flights between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm seven days a week
ii. Provide flights that are twenty (20) minutes or longer
iii. Utilize six (6) passenger helicopters when at all possible no more than four (4) helicopters will be used for sightseeing flights per day
iv. Monitor and report passenger point of origin data along with any other metrics that quantify the local economic benefits of sightseeing flights
v. Research and implement programs and services that benefit the local economy
vi. Not exceed a maximum of forty-five (45) flights per day
b) Commercial Operations
i. Commercial operations include but are not limited to international, domestic, Federal operations, and Provincial operations; back country lodge transfers; heli-hiking; accredited professional photography and filming; wildlife survey and support; recreational trail construction and maintenance; and power line inspection and construction.
ii. For commercial flights, the Tenant shall operate between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm seven days a week whenever possible
c) Emergency Services
i. Emergency services include but are not limited to emergencies related to rescues, medical transportation, avalanche control, fire protection, and law enforcement.
For emergency services, the Tenant shall:
ii. Operate during any daylight hours and are not pre-scheduled like sightseeing operations or commercial operations as set out above
iii. Follow the most direct route as safely as possible to the scene of an accident for rescue and medical flights
d) Helicopter Maintenance
For helicopter maintenance, the Tenant shall:
i. Conduct on ground maintenance runs and test flights between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm seven days a week, whenever possible.
4. Flight Departure/Approach Paths
a) Normal departure and arrival paths for the heliport for all sightseeing and most commercial operations will follow the flight patterns shown on the attached drawing. Deviations from these paths shall be permitted for emergency services, conflicting aircraft in the area or weather-related issues.