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FBO Profile: Boundary Bay Air Services
Despite the mild winter that befell most of North America this past year, one might be excused for believing one of the few areas not to experience a severe decline in de-icing demand to be Vancouver, British Columbia. After all, the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort (host to the 2010 Winter Olympics) just 70 miles away received 45 feet of snow this past season. Yet at Vancouver’s Boundary Bay Airport (CZBB), unseasonable weather prevailed. “In terms of winters, it’s been a wet one, but it hasn’t been a cold one,” said Lyle Soetaert, the manager of the airport’s FBO, Boundary Bay Air Services. “We had snow just two times this year and in both cases it was gone by midday.”
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Solar power system is installed at Boundary Bay Airport
Terminal to convert light energy into AC power
The Delta Optimist, November 28, 2011
A solar power system was installed at the Boundary Bay Airport terminal earlier this month.
This innovative system brings the terminal a step closer to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating.
The leading edge solar technology, which was developed by the Alpha Group, converts light energy captured by 60 solar photovoltaic panels into DC power. The DC power is stored in batteries and once the batteries are fully charged, it is converted to AC power that can be used to power a portion of the terminal's requirements.
Boundary Bay Airport Solar Power System
Mayor Lois E. Jackson, Delta Council and Alpha Aviation Inc. are pleased to announce the installation of a solar power system at the Boundary Bay Airport terminal building. This innovative system brings the terminal building a step closer to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating.
The leading edge solar technology, which was developed by the Alpha Group, converts light energy captured by 60 solar photovoltaic panels into DC power. The DC power is stored in batteries and once the batteries are fully charged, it is converted to AC power that can be used to power a portion of the requirements of the terminal building. The project was accomplished through collaboration of businesses.
“Our system was designed and built by a true collaboration of the Alpha Group of Companies including Alpha Technologies Ltd in Burnaby, BC; Alpha Energy and OutBack Power Technologies,” said Lyle Soetaert, Boundary Bay Airport Manager. “This team pulled the system together to help us provide a renewable energy solution for our facility. As we continue to expand at the Boundary Bay Airport, we will continue to find ways to use technology to help us increase our use of renewable sources of energy.”
Delta was named a Solar Community by the Honourable Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum on May 29, 2010 and is a leader in environmental stewardship with such initiatives as the green fleet for corporate vehicles and energy retrofits at Sungod Recreation Centre and Ladner Leisure Centre. Delta is currently well on its way to reaching the goal of reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent below 2007 levels by 2015.
“This is a great example of Delta businesses leading the way on green technology,” said Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “We continue to see businesses throughout Delta follow the lead of the municipality in adopting green energy alternatives and Alpha Aviation’s solar power showcases ingenuity in practice.”
For more information on this media release, contact the Mayor’s office at (604) 946-3210 or email .
Boundary Bay Airport Initiatives Stimulate Investment
For immediate release – September 15, 2011
Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Alpha Aviation President Lynda Hogarth discussed emerging development opportunities and long-term plans for Boundary Bay Airport at a business luncheon organized by the Delta Chamber of Commerce on September 14th.
Since Alpha Aviation took over as operator of the Airport in 2004, the face of Boundary Bay Airport has changed greatly – with a new state of the art terminal building, major improvements to the heritage hangar, installation of a new fuel farm, increased hangar storage capacity and further upgrades scheduled for the near future.
“All of these initiatives and the vision myself and Delta Council have foreseen for Boundary Bay Airport are vital to providing a stable foundation for investment and success” said Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “Businesses will find that Boundary Bay Airport is a great place for development.”
Delta Council recently endorsed an extension of Alpha Aviation’s lease for Boundary Bay Airport to 2099 along with a Master Servicing Plan to provide infrastructure and stimulate investment at the industrial lands located at the Airport.
“Since the lease extension, we have received a number of calls from businesses interested in development opportunities here at the Airport,” said Lynda Hogarth. “There is tremendous potential here and we are excited about the future.”
A key project currently underway to improve access to the Airport is the 80 Street Overpass. Once completed next year, the overpass will benefit Delta by minimizing traffic delays and providing safe, uninterrupted vehicle access to Boundary Airport – a key service enhancement to the Airport and the surrounding industrial areas.
“We like to think of Delta as not only a place to live, work, and play, but a place to live, work, play and invest!” said Delta Chamber Chair Ian Tait.
With its central location and close proximity to BC Ferries, the US Border, DeltaPort, YVR and the South Fraser Perimeter Road, the Airport offers a prime location for development.
From left to right:
Ian Tait, Chair, Delta Chamber of Commerce
Councillor Robert Campbell
Mayor Lois E. Jackson
Lynda Hogarth, President, Alpha Aviation
Greg Fong, General Manager, Alpha Aviation
Overpass helps open up land at Boundary Bay
The new 80th Street overpass will be a big help to business at the Boundary Bay Airport, says Delta Mayor Lois Jackson.
"Once completed, the overpass will ensure unimpeded access to the airport and will be a boon to the development of the airport's industrial land as well as local farmers and aircraft operators," she said at a Delta Chamber of Commerce luncheon held at the airport Wednesday.
20-year plan ready for takeoff
A new 20-year master development plan is about to get underway at the Boundary Bay Airport.
Alpha Aviation, which leases and operates the municipally-owned airport, from the Corporation of Delta, is looking to attract new tenants and bring in more investment.
"The positive impact of this growth, on businesses not only located at the Airport, but throughout Delta and beyond, in the manufacturing, construction, transportation, retail and services sectors, can be tremendous," said Alpha Aviation Inc. General Manager Greg Fong in a new release.
According to Alpha Aviation, Boundary Bay is one of the top aviation training centres in Canada. It serves as a reliever to Vancouver International Airport (YVR). With recent capital investments and expansion Boundary Bay Airport now has the capacity to accommodate corporate business aircraft, smaller regional air carriers and serve as a major aviation industry centre.