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Airport Name Churchill
Airport Category Certified Airport
Nearest Community Churchill
Province: MANITOBA
Latitude (N): 58 44 21
Longitude (W): 94 03 54
Listed in Canada Flight Supplement Yes
Airport ident. CYYQ
Appears on a VFR Navigation Chart Yes
Airport Elevation 94
Magnetic Variation 1W
  Runway (Main): Runway (2): Runway (3): Runway (4):
Number: 15-33 07-25
Length: 9200 4000
Width: 160 100
Surface 15-33 is asphalt, 07-25 is gravel
Night Flying Yes
Maintained Year Round Yes
Radio Communications Churchill Radio 122.2 MF; Arctic Radio 126.7
Telephone on the Airport Yes
Customs Airport Entry No
Fees on Private Aircraft
Landing $: 0.00
Terminal $: 0.00
Parking $: 7.65
Airport Fuel Tax (litre) $: 0.00
Comments About Fees: No landing fees on small piston aircraft.

Parking fee $7.28 + tax for plane less than 2000#
Fuel Prices
100LL $: 0.00
Mogas $: 0.00
Jet Fuel $: 0.00
Fuel Prices with Taxes
100LL $: 0.00
Mogas $: 0.00
Jet Fuel $: 0.00
Date of Fuel Prices 2010-08-02
Fuel Price Comments Check with Shell, on 100LL latest NOTAM 100119 CYYQ CHURCHILL
FUEL TO READ: JA-1, HPR 13-01Z (DT 12-24Z) MON-FRI,
15-23Z (DT 14-22Z) SAT-SUN
O/T 204-675-2063 PN
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100LL is available only in drums Jet A-1 available

1/ Shell, Tel.: 204-675-2542/2486 (Mobile)

2/ Esso, Tel.: 204-675-2015
Airport Management Transport Canada Tel: 204-675-8868
Airport Web Site
Airport E-mail
Other General Aviation Services on the Airport
Landing fees on some aircraft (not mentioned in CFS), no landing fee for small piston aircraft

Parking: $ $7.28 + tax for aircraft less than 2000#

Tie down weights are available on first come basis.

1/ Small café at the terminal
2/ Tie downs available
Hotels/Motels with pick up at Airport
*(include Telephone Numbers)
Great Place to stay, Belinda picked us up at the Airport and dropped us off the next day.
Bed & Breakfasts with pick up at Airport 
*(include Telephone Numbers)
Iceberg Inn (Eight rooms), owned/operated by Dick Hunter, Tel.: 867-675-2228 (Inn); 867-675-2182 (Home)
Restaurants on the airport or nearby 
*(include Telephone Numbers)
Camping Airport grounds: No
Washrooms No
Nearest COPA Flight Tel:
Other Local Aviation Associations & Telephone Numbers
Remarks Hi resolution Google satelitte photo:,-94.064941&spn=0.039373,0.170288&t=k

General location map:,-94.086914&spn=10.060507,43.59375

Wikipedia community page:

Wikipedia airport page:
Local Tourism Contacts & Telephone Numbers, 204-949-0199

Town Population (2001) 963
Local Activities, Sights & Events of Interest to Visitors Churchill, in Arctic Canada, is, simply, the best place in the world to see Polar Bears! This is the reason the town is known as the “Polar Bear capital of the world.”

Churchill is a town in the province of Manitoba which is situated between Hudson Bay and the Churchill River. The thriving “metropolis” has a population of around 900 people of which a great percentage are Inuit who formerly were known as Eskimos. The main industry, other than tourism, is the export of grain by ship.

Everything in Churchill is within easy walking distance. There are plenty of places to eat, lots of shops to purchase the obligatory polar bear souvenir, an informative visitor center, a Parks Canada reception facility and an excellent museum on Native culture. Take a tour of Fort Prince of Whales across the Churchill River. An armed Parks Canada employee on a four-wheeler goes ahead to guard you against the polar bears. See whales and, using hydrophones, eavesdrop on their underwater communications.

Walk the rocky shore of Hudson Bay and observe the fragile plants, listening to the cries of the sea birds, and gaze at the glacial scarred granite rocks with their mantles of multicoloured lichens.

Visit the former Hudson Bay post at York Factory at the mouth of the Hays River, about 150 miles south of Churchill. This historic site served the Company for over 300 years, much of that time as their principal headquarters and depot for furs and trade goods.

Air Transport Command 1942

WWll Lend-Lease Act early in 1941, United States assumed an active part in the joint effort with Canada to take full advantage of the "steppingstones" provided by Newfoundland, Labrador, Greenland, and Iceland and to make possible the ferrying of short-range aircraft from North America to Great Britain via northern routes. One such joint project between USA and Canada became known as CRIMSON ROUTE project. It was hoped that some of the disadvantages of the existing Atlantic routes might be overcome by developing a more northerly airway extending from Great Falls, Montana, across Canada to Hudson Bay via Regina Saskatchewan, The Pas and Churchill Manitoba, Coral Harbour Southhampton Island on Hudson Bay and Frobisher Bay by way of Baffin Island on to Greenland hence to Iceland and Scotland.By thus following the great circle route, a choice of airmen, the distance from southern California, where much of the U.S. aircraft manufacturing was concentrated, to Iceland might be cut by almost 600 miles. It was expected that more favourable flying weather would be found, that valuable experience with Arctic conditions of flight would be acquired, and that the experiment might lead to the development of a shorter airway into Russia. A directive issued by the Chief of Staff May 24,1942 ordered construction of landing strips at The Pas and Churchill in Manitoba, at Coral Harbour Southhampton Island on Hudson Bay, along with weather stations and runways at Fort Chimo Quebec (CRYSTAL I), on Frobisher Bay (CRYSTAL II), and on Padloping Island (CRYSTAL III) to begin during the summer of 1942. However, the project received a severe setback late summer on August 27, 1942 when an enemy U-boat operating off the Labrador coast sank a ship carrying some 6,000 tons of cargo, including vital construction equipment intended for use at CRYSTAL I, CRYSTAL II, and Coral Harbour on Southampton Island Hudson Bay. Additionally a more predictable seasonal limitation upon the project resulted from the early onset of extremely cold weather.The distance to Britain by MID-ATLANTIC ROUTE was double that of the projected CRIMSON ROUTE, but distance advantage was eclipsed by operations that could be maintained on a year-round basis. Efforts on another front were also productive. Prior to 1943 the Portuguese government only allowed German U-boats and navy ships to refuel in the Azores. However diplomatic efforts in 1943 persuaded Portuguese dictator Salazar to lease bases on Azores Islands to the British.This represented a change in policy and was a key turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic allowing the Allies to provide aerial coverage in the middle of the Atlantic. This helped allies to hunt U-boats, protect vital convoys and support mid-Atlantic Air Transport Command ferry efforts.Thus in 1944, American US army engineers constructed a small air base on the island of Santa Maria in the Azores.This new prospect in 1943 that a transatlantic route through the Azores would soon be possible brought the expensive and unlucky CRIMSON ROUTE project to an early end.
Researched by Clarence Demchuk COPA flt4
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Date Submitted On: 2015-12-04

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