Update - The frequency change for Fort Langley has been approved. Effective March 2nd 2017 the ATF at Fort Langley (CBQ2) will be within 2nm and 1500' ASL and the new frequency will be 122.72.
This change will align Fort Langley's frequency with the frequency already used in the neighboring Glen Valley practice area making the airspace safer for all pilots.
This initiative was spearheaded by the BCGA on the suggestion of member and pilot Daniel Adair.
Fort Langley airport is a private airport located in the Fraser Valley. It is situated along the Fraser River and is home to float planes, private aircraft and even a Cessna Citation and Pilatus PC12.
The airport's location puts it in the precarious position of being squished between the Pitt Meadows Control Zone, the Langley Control Zone and the Glenn Valley Practice Area.
As many of you know, the Glenn Valley Practice area is an extremely busy piece of airspace.
All aircraft working in the area make position broadcasts on 122.72 as published on the VFR maps.
Some BCGA members and authorized users of the private Fort Langley Airport have expressed serious concerns as aircraft working in the Glenn Valley Practice area routinely fly over the Fort Langley Airport at altitudes of less than 2000' without making broadcasts on the published Fort Langley Frequency (123.2).
In light of these safety concerns, The BC General Aviation Association has worked with the owner of the Fort Langley Airport, Its users, Nav Canada and Transport Canada to have the Fort Langley Airport ATF frequency changed from 123.2 to 122.72. This change ensures that Fort Langley and Glenn Valley pilots are all on a common frequency and should reduce the risks of pilots flying over the airport without being on frequency.
So far the change has been approved by all interested agencies and we are awaiting word on when the change will be published. While it will most likely not be reflected on the next edition of the VTA it should be included in the next CFS Publication.
Until the change is published please make the appropriate calls on the Fort Langley Airport frequency 123.2.
As an association we are listening to your concerns. This is just one example of how we can work together to create change and ensure safe and enjoyable flying in BC.
Special thanks to:
Aiden Kyne (Nav Canada)
Dan Martens (Transport Canada)