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Olds-Didsbury Airport educational services building approved

Skywest Aviation Flight School was previously operating on another lot within Olds-Didsbury Airport
An aerial view of the Olds-Didsbury Airport’s new LED runway lights on Dec. 12.
An aerial view of the Olds-Didsbury Airport. File photo/MVP Staff

MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY - The county’s municipal planning commission (MPC) has approved a five-year temporary development permit for a proposed educational services building at the Olds-Didsbury Airport. 

The move came during the commission’s May 18 regularly scheduled meeting, held in person and on Zoom.

The purpose of the development is to place an ATCO trailer with setback relaxation at the east end of the airport on the north side of Township Road Road 320.

“The proposed education series is for the continuance of the Skywest Aviation Flight School that was previously operating on another lot within the same airport,” administration said in a briefing note to the commission.

“The proposed educational services is to provide flight training, air charter, freight forwarding and light maintenance on the company aircraft. The aircraft(s) will be stored outside on the lot until such time as a hangar is built.”

The setback relaxation is to accommodate space require for future groundwork an construction of the hangar.

“In the meantime, the aircraft is tied down outside the subject lot. After the hangar is constructed, the ATCO building will be removed and the aircraft would then be stored inside.”

The approval comes with a number of condition, including the following:

• Permit approval is conditional to information supplied on the application form for educational services with setback relaxation and one sign, on-side commercial five year temporary development permit.

• Future expansion, work area, additional employees or change in operational details included in the application will require a new permit.

• No outside storage, except for associate aircraft, shall be stored on the lot at any given time.

• Should a hangar be constructed within the five-year term of this development permit, the ATCO building shall be removed from the subject property within six months of final inspection of the building permit.

The MPC is the county’s approving authority, made up of councillors and appointed public members.

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