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  • canada CFB Patricia Bay

    Vancouver Island, British Columbia



    Satellite and aerial maps of Victoria International Airport with nearby locations

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    20.6179CBW7 Victoria General Hospital, British Columbia
    22.4347CAX6 Ganges Harbour, British Columbia
    23.8299 Duncan Airport, British Columbia
    24.7179 Yarrows Ltd, British Columbia
    24.8180 CFB Esquimalt, British Columbia
    25.6161CBK8 Victoria Royal Jubilee Hospital Heliport, British Columbia

    1939 to present

    48° 39' 12'' N - 123° 26' 2'' W
    2nm SW of Sidney
    Elevation: 62 feet

    History of this Location

    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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    List of units at Victoria International Airport

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    YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
    normal: Unit no longer at this base
    1989/    443MHSCH-124 Sea King 1974/18

    Victoria International Airport News

    Farewell to Canadian Sea King, 22-Dec-18 : #SeaKing Royal Canadian Air Force Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King last official flight after 55 years of service

    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

    List of aircraft and events at Victoria International Airport

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    By Date | By Serial

    1984-feb 212 N4503Q
    2000-feb-11 Ka-32A11BC C-FIGR
    2002-sep-18 212 C-FNSA
    2004-may-20 Ka-32A11BC C-GKHL
    2004-may-20 S-61L C-FPZR
    2006-aug-30 CH-124 12406
    2015-mar-30 S-76C C-GHHJ
    2015-oct-23 CHI Aviation S-92A N901CH
    2015-dec-12 Canadian Coast Guard 429 C-GCRU
    2016-feb-27 Helifor hkp4a C-FHCN
    2016-mar-21 Canadian Ambulance Services S-76C C-GCHJ
    2016-jun-22 VIH Helicopters Ltd S-61N C-FRMH
    2016-aug Exhibit SE3160 C-FCAX
    2017-apr-10 VIH Helicopters Ltd S61N.MK2 C-FLRM
    2021-may-06 Bristow US S-92A N294BG

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