Maps NEW IN 2019 Where’s My House? Runway Approaches of Proposed Pickering Airport This map presents the latest proposed runway layouts and approaches, which have been calculated from Part 4 of Transport Canada’s draft Pickering Airport Site Zoning Regulations, published in the Canada Gazette on July 25, 2015. The map locates points that are 10 and 20 nautical miles from the ends of runways (thresholds). Click to enlarge the map to 200 m to see streets as well as public and private facilities that would be under the runway approaches. Find out more here. The Runway Approaches map was contributed by a local area resident and retired test pilot. During his aviation career, he worked for 7 years on airport flight paths for Transport Canada (now NAV CANADA). He explains the normal landing approach: “Stabilized approach” landing: For aviation safety, large and heavy aircraft are required to follow a stabilized approach landing. Pilots typically start their stabilized approach no less than 10 nautical miles (1 nautical mile = 6,076 feet = 1.85 km) from the end of the runway, and no more than 3,000 feet above ground level, then descend on a 3-degree downward slope (glideslope) until touchdown. Altitude decrease during a stabilized approach landing: When an aircraft follows a 3-degree glideslope, it descends at an approximate rate of just over 300 feet per nautical mile. Ground noise during a stabilized approach landing: Beyond or within the 10 nautical mile distance from the runway, pilots lower flaps and landing gear and increase engine thrust as required to balance increased drag. These changes increase the noise heard at ground level. PRE-2019 Map of the Federal Lands (all 18,600 acres expropriated in 1972) Environmental overview of Federal Lands site and surrounding area, pre-2013 Transport Canada’s map of the Federal Lands site as of July 13, 2015, showing sections of the Federal Lands now in or committed to the Rouge National Urban Park and the section retained for possible future airport/economic development. Parks Canada’s map of the Rouge National Urban Park as of July 20, 2015. The 2013 and 2015 land transfers from the Federal Lands are both shown, as are municipal boundaries, watersheds, and the boundaries of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Transport Canada’s zoning map of July 2015 for a potential future airport, showing runway positions and approaches. Note how the Wildlife Hazard Zone runs right across the Park, a wildlife sanctuary.