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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, 27, 1971 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 33 Is Edmonton's Industrial Airport inviting air disaster? liv JIM POLING EDMCi.VrON (CP) On any given c'-.y, large commer- cial jels can IB seen swaoping low over Hie Edmonton sky- line, vanishing suddenly among the tall buildings. It's a frightening view for unknowing visitors. But, hid- den by the buildings-1 V2 miles from the downtown core the 45-year-olo' Induslrial Airport occupying six acres of prime land. Industrial is one of the last of Canada's in-city airports a relic from- a less-hectic era when Edmonton wah a small town huddled around its main slreet. Now serious questions are being raised about the facility oldest municipally- owned airport in the country. Has it outlived its1 useful- ness and is it possible that it's a super-hazard to the citizens of the city? C-ilics of Industrial say the heavy traffic it generates is an ingredient for an air disas- ter. Its supporters say its closeness to the Edmonton business district is helping to keep the city's economy healthy. There has been controversy over the airport since the million Edmonton Interna- tional Airport was built 12 miles south of here about 10 years ago. WINNER Industrial, which handles Pacific Western Airlines' 737 jets, propeller-driven com- mercial aircraft ami a variety of private planes, has been Warned for helping to give In- ternational a white-elephant image. INDUSTRIAL BUSIER Ths newer airport, used by all other airlines operating in or cut of Edmt-nton. had only air movements last year compared with Industri- al's Its huge terminal, capable o' accommodating peo- ple at one lime, seldom is busy while Industrial's tiny facilities always seem crowded. Ten years ago, r t u d i e s showed Induslrial employed people with an annual payroll of million and gen- erated ?S million in retail sales a year. Keith Gumming, president of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, says 10 per cent of the city's income is prov- ided by the Induslrial and families are supported by it directly. The chamber, a slaimch supporter of Ilia municipal field, is awaiting results of a to determine whether the role of the airport should be changed. I The chamber believes that 1 Induslrial has been one of the MRS. NADA KAIN of 1606 Ashgrove Road, teth- brid'ge, was the lucky winner of a 550.00 Gifl Certificate during the Centre Village Mall's No- vember Bazaar. Another reason it payt to shop at Centre Village. major faclors in Edrr.onton's role as I he supply centre for Northern Canada. The most recent, skirmish m whal hsfi become knouii as The Greal Airoort Debate started in Junf when the de- partment of transport ordered restrictions at Industrial to slop small aircrafl from mix- ing with commercial liners. The federal transport de- partment had received re- ports of six near-collisions over the city in 1970. It also ordered a control tower built because visibility from the existing lower was poor. The city had to foot Ihe bill and there were some unhappy scenes in cily council cham- bers. Julian the alder- man who was defeated n a bid for the mayor's chair this fall, led a campaign to close the airport. He suggested that ths cily could pick up lo million from the facilities and land and could use some of the money and land to build a multi-millicn-dollar sports, trade and convention centre. The airport became a hot topic during Ihe municipal el- eclion. Early in the Campaign a twin-engine aircraft, with six people on board made an emergency landing in a school yard near the airport. No one was hurt, but (lie plane landed just minutes be- fore the yard would have been filled with children. Emergency landings in fields and on streets around the airport are not new. But Ihe crilics say that some day luck is going to ran out and Ihere will be a disaster. DEFENDS RECORD H o w e v e r, Elan Hodgson, president of the Edmonton Flying Club, says the airport's safety record is impeccable. He says that since 1926 not one "innocent bystander" has been hurl in UK area around Ihe airparl by an aircraft using the field. Mr. Hodgson also says that there are no buildings intrud- ing info glide paths set by the departmenl of transport, i The transport department has said Industrial would be capable of handling up lo movements a year after the renovations are com- plete early in 1972. It says the problem at the airport is and small, slow and fast aircraft using the airport. Belter con- trol equipment would help eliminate this. Not many people living near the airport are upset about talk of a disaster. Of two dozen residents interviewed recently, none said they were concerned. Most said the most disturbing aspect of the air- port is radio interference. A spokesman for 'he neigh- boring Royal Alex- andra Hospital says the hospi- tal never has been "bothered" by aircrafl. Talk of closure does frighten Edmonton business- men. SEEKS MORE SPACE PWA moves one million pounds of freighl out of the city every month, most of it to the Northwest Territories. The company said it will need square feet of ad- ditional hangar space at the airport within live years. PWA President Donald Wat- sen has said it would cost the company million ir.orc a year to operate from Interna- tional. He has hinted that the airline would move to Calgary before going to the Interna- lional. A substantial industrial park, composed mainly of firms serving the air industry, has developed at the airport. One of these firms, the Ed- monton Inn, receives about a year from people using the airport. The future of the Industrial Airport probably rests in the ail' study now being con- ducted. Says Mr. Gumming: "We want to know on a longer range what the experts think. If they want to throw it (ail-port) out, we want their alternatives. "It woulri appear, just on the surface, thai Edmonton needs major upgrading of services, both at Industrial and International, especially in cargo and freighl liand- ling." WINNER LESLIE BEATTIE of 836 nth 5f. North, bridqe, was the lucky winner., of a Gift Certificate during Cenlre Village MaLI'j November Bazaar Days. Anolher reason it pays to shop at Centre Village. WINNER SNUG AS BUGS IN RUG? Doug McTuvish and Shenley McMurray keep warm in one of 90 buffalo coats auctioned off by the Winnipeg police department. Prices for the coats ranged from lo 5180 as buyers from as far away as Toronto and Minneapolis competed with Winnipeg bidders. MRS. GECTE of 1035 25lh St. North, was the lucky winner of a Gift Certificate during Centre Village Mall's November Bazaar Days. Another reason it pays to shop at Centre Village. RILEY YEAR-END CL FEATURING: Lady Levis Cord Flares H.I.5. Denim Belli Lev! Cords H.I.S. 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