Airport Manager Kelly Mortensen (on the tower) helps out Jim George, Field Technician for ANS
Approach Systems as the new weather station begins to take shape./ANDREA ARNOLD

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.

Field Technician for ANS Approach Systems raises the new weather station to its full 30 foot height. The next step to get it operational is time spent on a computer to get the programs up and running./ ANDREA ARNOLD