Gimli Industrial Park Airport

Infobox Airport
name = Gimli Industrial Park Airport
IATA = YGM
ICAO = CYGM
type = public
owner =
operator = Rural Municipality of Gimli
city-served =
location = Gimli, Manitoba
elevation-f = 753
elevation-m = 230
coordinates = coord|50|37|41|N|097|02|36|W|type:airport|display=inline
website =
r1-number = 15/33
r1-length-f = 6,800
r1-length-m = 2,073
r1-surface = Asphalt
footnotes = Source: Canada Flight SupplementCFS]

Gimli Industrial Park Airport, Airport codes|YGM|CYGM, is a former military field located convert|2|NM|abbr=on|lk=in west of Gimli, Manitoba, Canada. The field is now operated as a civilian airport, with one of the original parallel runways decommissioned and now a significant portion of Gimli Motorsport Park. Current flying-related activities here include use by Manitoba Provincial Government's water bomber squadron, the Regional Gliding School (Prairie), and two private flying schools. Gimli is also used by No. 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron based out of No. 17 Wing Winnipeg, for training purposes, and as a skydive drop zone by Skydive Manitoba.

History

Opened as RCAF Station Gimli, the airfield served during World War II as the home of "Service Flying Training School #18" under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

In 1983, the airport briefly became famous when an Air Canada Boeing 767 ran out of fuel over southern Manitoba and successfully glided to a landing at Gimli Motorsport Park [http://www.gimlimotorsportspark.com] . There were no serious injuries, and the incident became known under the name Gimli Glider.

ee also

*RCAF Station Gimli

References


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