Annapolis Valley Flying Association

General Aviation for the Annapolis Valley – COPA Flight 147

Saturday, July 9, at Greenwood Airport, had at least 6 visiting aircraft and over 25 aviation enthusiast present for a Barbeque and presentation. Patrick Gilbert told us of the procedures, safety measures, and techniques of towing gliders for the Air Cadets. AVFA with the help of Scotia Eagles (EAA1051) were the hosts.

Below of some scenes from the 21 August 2021 gathering of aviation enthusiasts at Kings-Hillaton Aerodrome for a barbecue.  Kings-aero Tech opened its doors to show what projects they are working on. In addition COPA presented Jim and Elizabeth Walker with there Merit Award for initiating the series of get-togethers  for aviators in the last year.  A half-dozen planes flew in and there were nearly 50 visitors during the 2 hour event.  (Click a picture for a large version. Hit ESC to return)


Next BBQ: 21st August 2021
- Kings-Hillaton Aerodrome - 11am-1pm
1670 Saxon St., Kings County, N.S.

Past BBQ: 7 August 2021 - Greenwood Airpark - 11am-1pm

This was very successful, with about 50 attendees, and 7 planes and 1 helicopter flew in.  Everyone enjoyed the new taste of South African Sausage. 

On 8 August and 12 September, we had the third and fourth barbecue-gathering at CFB Greenwood in the airpark.  General, we have 20-40 visitors who mingle, converse and eat from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday. The other two gatherings were on July 11 and 25th. After the creation of the Atlantic Canada bubble on the July 12th we had fly-in’s from New Brunswick and PEI.   The weather has been cooperating and all activities are outside.

The Fly-in to celebrate the opening of the new hangers at the Greenwood Air-park was enjoyed by an estimated 50 persons. It was great to meet and talk to friends, some of whom we had not seen for awhile.  The barbecue was interrupted briefly by a downpour that cause everyone to take cover in the hangers.  For more images of participants and aircraft see Fly-in Image Gallery




May meeting – 2019

Sunday , May 12 at 2 pm, members of AVFA had a brief meeting and toured the new hanger. 

See EVENTS: We will be having a Hanger Opening Fly-in on June 29th.

New Hangers and AVFA tour.






Opening the bifold hanger door.








Three aircraft per bay. Eric Sawler’s Cirrus in front. The hanger walls are insulated.

Air Show Atlantic 2019

CFB Greenwood – 31 August and 1 September

For details go to

Atlantic School of Skydiving is on Halifax Terminal frequency 118.7 during  operations at New Scotland airfield, South Maitland. If they are in the air, terminal will know and   a NOTAM is filed each day before operations.

Mostly jumping is from 10,000 feet , parachutes are normally in the air within 3 miles of the airfield and approach the airfield from the upwind side.

Coordinates are 45° 16’N, 63° 30’W, approximately 9 miles S of Debert or 21 miles E of Stanley.

Visitors are welcome and need to be aware of and give way to jumpers in the air and on the grass runway.

Dave Williamson will happily answer any questions that may arise.

Civil Aviation Area at CFB Greenwood.

Civil Aviation Area at CFB Greenwood.

Information on the Civil Aviation Activities at CFB Greenwood operated by Freeedom Aviation Society (FAS) are available at its new website with access via either

The following is a Letter to Tom McEwan CAO, MOK  – 14 January 2016:

“Regarding proposed 31 March 2016 access to 14 Wing Greenwood for general  aviation

Freedom Aviation Society (FAS) has been working with MOK and 14 Wing Greenwood staff to establish general aviation at CYZX by 31 March 2016.  14 Wing has been very supportive and cooperative in this effort.  Major Deutsch and I believe 14 Wing will be ready to establish general aviation activity by 31 March 2016.  This will include ability to fly in and out of the airport and secure outside parking for aircraft wishing to base there. It is anticipated to also include use of an office trailer for terminal building and washrooms until FAS is able to construct hanger and office buildings.  I also believe we will have 100LL available for purchase on site although I do not have that finalized.

If lease paperwork is delayed I have been assured 14 Wing will allow us to establish under provisional terms until the lease can be finalized with MOK.

There are 18 aircraft recommitted (Jan 2016) to operate at CYZX and another 3 that expressed interest in Dec 2014 (who have not yet contacted me this Jan) which I expect will want to.   Some of these will move 31 March 2016 and some will wait for construction of hangers to move.  These are all private aircraft with the exception of one commercial twin aircraft.   In addition to this there are 2 people who intend to purchase aircraft should we be successful accessing CYZX.  There are over 40 pilots supporting civilian aviation at CYZX including a large majority of CCW3 current users and some members of 14 Wing Greenwood.

Yarmouth airport has non heated hanger space for 6 to 8 small aircraft available for 31 March 2016 occupancy for those wanting a hanger while waiting for one to be constructed at CYZX which I have confirmed today.  The cost quoted was $150 per month per aircraft. First come first served bases.

There is confirmed demand for 6 heated and 6 cold storage hangers.  I believe we would require an additional 6 heated spaces  to accommodate maintenance, flight school, rental and temporary aircraft.

There is a charter company who will base the twin aircraft there that have additional aircraft based at Halifax allowing charters to be booked from CYZX.

A flight school operator is evaluating establishing a flight training and aircraft rental operation.

Governance in place now will continue until construction is complete at which time expanded depth of directors will be considered.


The infrastructure at CYZX is capable of handling everything from small aircraft to large passenger, cargo and of course military aircraft.  For the most part anything that Halifax can. The weather is better for flying there than any airport in NS.  There is a large amount of ground space not utilized.  Air traffic control is capable of handling significant increases in volumn.

The cost to access CYZX  infrastructure is very reasonable when compared to owning an airport.  On going costs to use CYZX are significantly less than operating your own airport.

Air cadets base their power and glider aircraft maintenance at CYZX and could gain savings from operating their training there.  This is a “built in potential” for general aviation expansion.

14 Wing air traffic control has already stated the general aviation activity would be an advantage to them.   There are many more operations at CYZX that could hold potential for expanded activity on the general aviation side.

This would be a great start to building significant aviation economic activity in Kings County.


Not one dollar of this will happen unless MOK votes to support establishment of general aviation at CYZX by signing the main lease with 14 Wing and funding the initial infrastructure.   By doing this MOK, 14 Wing Greenwood and the aviation community will have a great general aviation start at CYZX.  User fees received from the aviation community will pay for ongoing costs.  MOK will be planting a seed with potential to expand.

I know unlocking this potential has risk.  The most significant is what future expansion will be allowed by 14 Wing.  There is evidence at several other airports in Canada and the United States that military and civilian aviation can thrive together.

Freedom Aviation Society, 14 Wing Greenwood, Minister of National Defense, over 40 pilots and 20 aircraft are all committed to establish general aviation operations at CYZX.  As stated by councilor Atwater, “ I can not think of a better partner to have than 14 Wing Greenwood (Canada) can you?”.

Thank you for everyone who played a part in making this possible.  I encourage every MOK councilor to vote yes on 19 Jan.

Paul Easson
Freedom Aviation Society”