canada Victoria International Airport

Victoria, British Columbia
canada






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22.4347 Ganges Harbour, British Columbia
23.8299 Duncan, British Columbia
24.7179 Yarrows Ltd, British Columbia
24.8180 CFB Esquimalt, British Columbia
25.8172CBZ7 CCG Base Victoria, British Columbia
26.4172CBF7 Victoria Harbour heliport, British Columbia



1939 to present

48 39 12 secs N - 123 26 2 secs W
2nm SW of Sidney, Vancouver Island
ICAO: CYYJIATA: YYJ
Elevation: 62 feet


Located at the extreme south east of Vancouver Island, on the northern tip of the Saanich Peninsula, work began to construct Patricia Bay Air Station for the Royal Canadian Air Force in Mar 1939 as tensions grew in Europe.  It had opened as a training base for Canadian and Empire pilots and a Pacific seaplane base by Christmas that year.
After a significant contribution during World War II, civil aviation grew from 1948 and by 1952 the RCAF had moved out. With further growth it became Victoria International Airport in 1959.
Although helicopters had operated from time to time, the Canadian Armed Forces returned to a permanent presence at Pat Bay when 443 Squadron (MH443) moved into the West Camp in 1989 as part of 12 Wing (at CFB Shearwater), in support of the Pacific Fleet.

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Units

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1989/    443 squadronCH-124 Sea King 1974/   




News about this location


RCAF 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron New Hangar, 20-Apr-15 : Royal Canadian Air Force 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron currently flying the CH-124 Sea King received new hangar able to accommodate the new CH-148 Cyclone




Events

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By Date | By Serial

DatesOrg/TypeUnit
2000-feb-11 Ka-32A11BCC-FIGR
2002-sep-18 212C-FNSA
2004-may-20 Ka-32A11BCC-GKHL
2004-may-20 S-61LC-FPZR
2006-aug-30 CH-124 Sea King12406
2015-mar-30 S-76CC-GHHJ
2015-oct-23 S-92AN901CH
2016-feb-27 Heliforhkp4aC-FHCN
2016-jun-22 VIH Helicopters LtdS-61NC-FRMH
2016-aug ExhibitSE3160 Alouette IIIC-FCAX
2017-apr-10 VIH Helicopters LtdS-61N Mk.IIG-BFFJ,?


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