By Andrea Arnold
The Charlie Leake Airfield in McBride is getting an AWOS, Automatic Weather Observation System. The system reads wind speed and direction, perceives visibility and records dew point and temperature. This information is uploaded to the Nav Canada website continuously. Also, the information will be broadcast on a frequency that can be heard by pilots. This is especially important in the situation of instrument flight for determining directional approach. The station can also be used for Agriculture, venting indexes and by forestry. The system is a part of the airport development plan, growing the airport to include MediVac capabilities. The Village has been working on the development plan and believes that any improvements made to McBride’s Charlie Leake Airfield can only beviewed as a positive benefit for the Village and surrounding area.