What If The Gatwick Drone Attack Happened In Toronto ?

Between December 19 to 21, 2018 near London, England, a series of drone sightings over Gatwick airport caused a major travel disruption. The event affected over 140,000 travelers and cancelled 1000 flights over 3 days at the height of the holiday season.  Whether this was terrorism or the malicious act of a few individuals, it is […]

A Pearson MegaHub and Toronto’s Missing Airport

Toronto has a black hole in its aviation infrastructure, it is missing the accessible jet airport infrastructure typical for a city of its size.  This hole is so large that it threatens to choke the competitiveness and economic prosperity of the city and the freedom of movement of millions of its citizens. In Toronto, and […]

Exploring the intertwined future of Oshawa, Buttonville and Pickering Airports.

With the recent announcement of the closing of the City of Oshawa’s largest employer, the General Motors assembly plant, what does the future hold for aviation in Oshawa and the eastern Toronto region? Airport areas are catalysts for employment clusters that generate jobs and GDP for the surrounding region. For 60 years, the eastern Toronto […]

How loud will Pickering Airport be?

Noise pollution caused by jet aircraft is (or should be) a major concern in any large city.  Jet travel is omnipresent in every city in the developed world and noise pollution is a downside of being near an airport, including the new Pickering airport. Aircraft already overfly much of the region as low as 3000 […]

Will the Pickering Airport Cost Tax Payers Billions of Dollars a Year?

The Pickering Airport is expected to be built in several phases, with the first phase to be the most expensive. A source close to one group interested in the full development has indicated that the project could cost $3.6 billion over 25+ years, with $2.1 billion needed to fund the first phase of the project, […]

Will building Pickering Airport help or hurt Toronto’s food security?

An agricultural lobby group wants to stop the soon to be built Pickering Airport and instead repurpose the land to agribusiness on the grounds that Toronto’s food security is at risk.  Is this just another attempt by a lobby group to hoodwink our politicians with a billion dollar land grab?  Or does Toronto have a […]

Toronto’s Urgent Generation WOW Challenge

By: Mark Brooks, Phil Lightstone Aviation in the Toronto region is facing an urgent environmental and economic challenge. First, thanks to the strengthening global economy and the Toronto regions booming growth, the number of long haul passenger flights to/from Toronto is expected to increase dramatically over the next two decades. Second, the global aviation transportation […]

Why low cost carriers and their passengers will love Pickering’s new airport.

Written by Mark Brooks and Phil Lightstone The new Pickering airport will be a state-of-the-art 21st century transportation hub, but which airlines are expected to call it home? The answer can be found in the new airport’s large passenger catchment area, the expected low operating costs for aircraft using it and the operational constraints at […]

Will Toronto miss out on aviations green revolution?

The green aviation revolution is coming, but will Toronto be at the forefront, or roadkill? US scheduled charter operator JetSuite, in which JetBlue Airways and Qatar Airways have stakes, is the launch customer for Zunum Aero’s hybrid-electric aircraft, which is scheduled for delivery beginning in 2022. When it is launch, Zunum will be the first […]

Pickering airports urgent timeline

A new proposed timeline for Pickering airport pushes another five years beyond a hoped-for 2028 opening.  What is going on and why are we delaying a badly needed piece of infrastructure? The time line, purposed by AECOM at a recent planning and information session in Durham region, pushed the opening date for Pickering’s new airport […]