Aircraft Activity in vicinity of Belnan

UPDATE for September 14, 2017

The Municipality of East Hants has received numerous inquiries and complaints regarding aircraft activity taking place in the vicinity of Belnan.

Municipal staff have been in close contact with Transport Canada and have been assured that Vision Air has followed the law and is not in violation of the Aeronautics Act and Canadian Aviation Regulations. Transport Canada has taken the complaints of residents seriously and has reviewed radar from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and determined that training operations have taken place over Vision Air Services land and not over neighbouring residences. Transport Canada noted that many of the complaints received are related to noise and, as a result, a request has been made to Vision Air to fly lower to help dissipate the noise.

While Transport Canada is sympathetic with the neighbouring property owners, it is important for residents to understand the work Vision Air Services is undertaking is essential to the province. The company has new equipment that will allow Nova Scotia Power to fix issues with the power grid faster than traditional methods of repair. Transport Canada will continue to monitor the situation and will continue frequent discussions with Vision Air Services to ensure adherence to all regulations.

Aviation issues are regulated by the Federal Government. Transport Canada may be contacted at 1-800-305-2059 for further information.


(August 2, 2017) East Hants has received numerous inquiries regarding aircraft activity taking place in the vicinity of Enfield Road and Highway 214.  Transport Canada has advised that they have given authorization for aircraft training to take place in the area. It is expected that the training will be completed in the next several weeks.

Aviation issues are regulated by the Federal Government. East Hants does not regulate uses related to aviation except as it relates to land use/land zoning.  This use is not a zoning issue and is not related to efforts several years ago to rezone land in the area. If a rezoning application was to be made it would be subject to full public participation as it was in the past.

Transport Canada may be contacted at 1-800-305-2059 for further information.