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Port Alberni Airfield

Port Alberni Airfield, better known as Alberni Valley Regional (CBS8), is the feild servicing Port Alberni/Sproat Lake, etc. Latitude is 49°19’19″N (49.321944) and longitude is 124°55’52″W (-124.931110).

Airport elevation is 250 ft (76 m).

It has 1 runway, 3952 × 75 ft (1205 × 23 m), and it is paved. There is avgas available.

Alberni airstrip

I flew there yesterday. It wasn’t as sunny as I hoped, but it was still a good flight with great scenery.
Salish Sea and Qualicum

Leaving CYPK I climbed to 2,400 feet and entered Vancovuer Harbour control zone just past Burnaby Mountain. From there I skirted the edge of the North Shore, leaving the zone as I crossed over Bowen Island. I continued to Halfmoon Bay, just south of Texada and Lasqueti Islands, and then changed heading to Qualicum, climbing to 4,500 to cross the Strait.

Once over Qualicum I began a slow descent into Port Alberni, and came to a full stop. My brother, sister-in-law and nephew were there to meet me, and they took the pictures of the plane. After that a quick ouch and go and it was time to split.

On the way back I took a few pictures of the Mars Martin Bombers. They are huge aircraft!
Martin Mars Water Bombers
Martin Mars Water Bombers

The return trip was just a reverse of the trip over until we entered Harbour airspace again. Flying east I had to stick to the south side of the Harbour. This is not always the case – it’s controlled airspace, so you go where he tells you. If you stay above 2,500 you can avoid the Harbour Traffic Zone, but you’ll be YVR Terminal airspace part of the time.

My name is Rob Chipman and I’m a realtor, pilot and all around goof off based in Vancouver, BC. I really enjoy flying, real estate and the Chilcotin.  My company is Coronet Realty Ltd., located at 3582 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 2A7. I have a C-150L that I own with two other pilots, based out of Pitt Meadows. Do not hesitate to contact me by email if I can help you do anything, especially if its likely to be interesting.

One Response to “Port Alberni Airfield”

  1. Nemesis says:

    Nice One, Caballero!… Ya just gotta love the Martin Mars… Always wanted to play with one, sadly never did…


    I did manage to get my hands on one of these…


    Really! ;)