Direct Approach recently completed a periodic review of the COPTER RNAV (GNSS) 193° instrument approach to the West Nipissing General Hospital helipad at Sturgeon Falls, Ontario.
All sponsored instrument approaches in Canada, regardless if they are published in the Canada Air Pilot (CAP) or Restricted Canada Air Pilot (R-CAP), must undergo a full periodic review every 4 years to ensure approach design criteria and regulatory compliance. This review also ensures that all obstacles, either manmade or natural, or properly accounted for.
In the case of WNGH, it was found during the flight check and post flight check review that the normal land use documentation for the town’s new water tower was not properly completed and therefore this obstacle was not accounted for. This was remedied, and an adjustment to the approach subsequently made.
The approach is therefore renewed for another 4 years to serve the emergency medical air access needs of the West Nipissing region.
Direct Approach is proud to have been of service to the Sturgeon Falls / West Nipissing General Hospital.