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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Land Over Landings Billion dollar ask of the Canadian tax payer.

The recently released Land Over Landings ( LOL for short)  “AG study”, is billed as a pathway to prosperity.  But whose prosperity, why is LOL making this pitch, at what cost and who is paying?  The why is simple enough, LOL is a lobby group for residents and a handful of tenant farmers privileged to […]

Is Stouffville’s town council funding an airport misinformation war ?

The town of Whitchurch-Stouffville made the national news recently when a bizarre “mind-map” was found on the mayor’s office washroom wall. Another strange event didn’t make the news but left some residents equally annoyed and wondering if there is something in the water at city hall. When the official town sponsored monthly paper called “On […]

Are Pickering insiders setting up a multi-million dollar tax payer funded windfall?

  The federal airport lands in Pickering, a billion dollar public land reserve just east of Toronto, are owned by the Canadian tax payer. For years It has been leased out on short term one year leases to commercial and tenant farmers. But now, there is a possibility, thanks to either a deliberate or unintentional […]

Solving Torontos Jet noise problem

It’s been more than a year since federal Transportation Minister, the Honourable Marc Garneau, received the plea From Toronto’s mayor, John Tory , to please do something about the noise. The noise the Mayor of Toronto is referring to is the increasing noise created by the congestion of jets landing at Toronto Pearson International airport. […]

Pickering and Toronto’s Major Jet Airports.

How will a new Pickering airport fit in with the existing major jet airports in the Toronto area? A look  at the size of the population they serve and logistics provides the answer. A jet airport is typically an airport with at least one 5000ft or longer runway, with support for an instrument landing system […]