With some major renovations successfully completed, the Lacombe Regional Airport officially re-opened its doors. Today’s event included the unveiling of a unique new sign, which was designed to celebrate the airport’s bright future and successful partnership with the City of Lacombe and Lacombe County.
“From day one, the Lacombe Airport has relied on partnerships to ensure its success – from its dedicated and committed Flying Club volunteers to the recent collaboration with the City of Lacombe and Lacombe County through the 25-year operating agreement signed in 2017,” said Jon From, Lacombe Flying Club President. “Today’s unveiling ceremony is a reflection of strong partnerships at all levels and of the bright future of our organization.”
“Today’s celebration – and the official renaming of the facility to the Lacombe Regional Airport – solidifies the commitment between the Flying Club and our municipalities,” explained Lacombe County Reeve Paula Law. “Together, we will ensure the airport continues to build on a solid foundation, allowing it to provide services and be an economic driver for the region for years to come.”
Following a feasibility study in 2016, the Lacombe Flying Club, City of Lacombe and Lacombe County joined together to forge a strong relationship, and have completed several significant projects at the Lacombe Regional Airport, including most recently the north taxiway extension and improved runway lighting project.
“This is another positive step for Lacombe, as it connects us to the wider region to promote trade, attract visitors and improve our area’s economic vitality,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “Council is proud of our successful partnership with the Lacombe Flying Club and Lacombe County, and looks forward to providing such value-added services to area residents.”
In 2017, an agreement was developed under the guidance of the Lacombe Airport Committee, which includes representation from Lacombe County, City of Lacombe and Lacombe Flying Club. The agreement terms for lease and operations include Lacombe County as a formal partner and recognize the Lacombe Flying Club’s historical contributions. The lease length is 25 years, with an option to renew for a further 25 years.
The new entrance sign unveiled at the grand reopening celebration would not have been possible without the donation of supplies and skills from club volunteers, individuals and local businesses. Joe McBryan of Buffalo Airways in Yellowknife, NWT, donated the propeller mounted at the top of the sign. Sauder Electric donated staff to help with the electrical work and the installation of the propeller. Downton’s Transport helped move the sign to the shop where it retrofitted, and JC Welding provided the welding and modification work.
The Lacombe Regional Airport, established in 1962, is a public-use, registered aerodrome with a 3,000-foot asphalt runway. The airport is used by a wide variety of users including recreational pilots, STARS Air Ambulance, Alberta Health Services Medi-Vac, RCMP, civil air search and rescue, government, and business travellers.