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    Levi Tiedemann, four months, checks out the planes with his grandfather Stuart Tiedemann. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    The Pembroke and Area Airport (PAA) turned 50 years old and held a massive party on Aug. 15. The PAA Commission Chairman Allan Wren (left) and Pembroke Mayor Mike LeMay cut a cake to celebrate. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Cole Chartrand, 9, sits in the pilot’s seat. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    The Pembroke Public Library and the Petawawa Public Library joined forces to promote some of their children programs. The Pembroke Library brought out several games and toys including this Lego set, which Will Stack used to create an airplane. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    A flight simulator was brought out to let the kids learn how to fly while staying firmly on the ground. Mason Tudor was successful in getting his virtual plane into the air. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)



Pembroke and Area Airport celebrates 50th anniversary with fly-in

By Patricia Lebeouf

Posted on Thursday December 20, 2018

The Pembroke and Area Airport (PAA) has been an integral part of the community for half a century and celebrated that fact with a 50th Anniversary Fly-In.

Hundreds of people of all ages were able to explore the joys of aviation. Aircraft from all over Ontario and Quebec landed at the airport on Aug. 15, joining static displays from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Ornge air ambulance and local first responders, as well as community partners.

“We don’t have a lot of opportunities where people come to the airport,” said PAA Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Layman. “We don’t have a service where people would fly somewhere so this is our way to bring the community to the airport to remind them that we are still here and have a lot going on.”

Over 100 businesses used the PAA’s runway; in the summer months, members of the MNR fire management often call the airport home and the OPP can use the airport as its headquarters to do fugitive search and drug and speed enforcement from the air. Aircraft from the Department of National Defence are also clients. “We are a busy, busy airport,” said PAA Commission Chairman Allan Wren.

Notably, Ornge’s air ambulance provides life-saving services in the area. “That is a service that we can offer that many other communities can’t because they don’t have the facility,” said Layman.

The event also gave people the chance to learn about the PAA’s fundraiser. The 5,000–foot runway hasn’t been paved since it was first installed five decades ago and is in need of refurbishment. To help, people can purchase a foot of runway for $250. The goal is $1.25 million.

“We have raised $140,000 in less than a year and we have people pledging to be donors and we have companies looking at how they can be involved,” said Layman. “It’s just been really great.