Wind Turbines Close Flight Operations at Historical Dunnville Airport

Sadly, historical Dunnville Airport in Haldimand County is being taken over by 6 industrial wind turbines. The photo above is of the 1st wind turbine of Samsung’s 67-turbine wind project being constructed in Haldimand. This first wind turbine stands at the Dunnville Airport at Port Maitland. The airport was the base for No. 6 Service Flying Training School from the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP). Over 2,400 pilots from Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the US earned their wings here from 1940 -1944. This training school was one of 41 such facilities across Canada and was one of the few remaining ones. In 1999, the airport was re-opened and about 25 planes were stored at and flown from the airport as well as a Skydive business operated there until May 30, 2013 when the airport was closed to flight operations because of an agreement by the owner to erect 6 wind turbines on and close to the airport. Not only did those planes and Skydive operation have to move out but the economy of Port Maitland and Dunnville area businesses will also be affected.

However, the museum at the airport remains open. The No. 6 RCAF Dunnville Museum was opened in 2003 at the airport by a group of interested and dedicated volunteers with an aim to preserve the history of the flying school and ensure that future generations could learn how the BCATP contributed towards the freedom we all enjoy today. Since the airport is now closed to flight operations, 3 privately-owned airworthy vintage aircraft were removed from the museum collection to be taken where they could still be flown. There are however, 5 vintage planes presently in the museum to see. Also in the museum is a flight simulator, photos, uniforms, medals, artifacts, memorabilia and a library. Outdoors, a beautiful memorial garden honours the 47 airmen who died in training at this school, at the Flying School near Hagersville and at the Bombing and Gunnery School near Jarvis. On a pedestal overlooking the garden, is a beautifully restored Harvard plane, one of the popular types flown at this school. The museum is open every Tuesday all year from 9 am to 1 pm to coincide with the time that the volunteer work crew is there. It’s also open on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from Victoria Day weekend through Labour Day and on Remembrance Day. Times: Saturdays and holidays from 10 – 5 and Sundays from 1 – 5. Tours can be arranged at other times. There’s no charge but donations are welcomed. It’s a great place to visit! For more info:

I’m very thankful for the museum volunteers as they deserve our heartfelt thanks and support for all their hours of hard work and dedication to preserve a part of Haldimand’s heritage and Canada’s history. I sincerely hope that the museum continues to flourish as the planes and sky divers coming and going were an extra drawing card for the museum. Sadly, as long as the wind turbines remain, we will no longer see the vintage planes flying over this historical base as another piece of our heritage has been forever changed.

Betty Ortt, Nanticoke

6 thoughts on “Wind Turbines Close Flight Operations at Historical Dunnville Airport

  1. What’s Hewitt got to say now that he’s sold his own town out to a bunch of greedy foreign industrialists?………………….will he even have the nerve to run in the 2014 for re-election?????

    • thebiggreenlie…..

      Already “thrown his hat in the ring”!!

      He’s proud of his achievements! He’s proud of his contribution to the Samsung commercial! He’s proud to be Mayor of Haldimand! and…. He doesn’t live anywhere near the industrial wind “farm” complexes he’s so proud of!! He DOES have the nerve to “run in the 2014 for re-election” (sic) He’ll have to depend on all the more “urban” areas of Haldimand (eg. Caledonia, Dunnville, Hagersville, etc.) to return him to his current post….. just as he did the first time ’round! Those of us who live on the south side of Hwy. #3 will NOT be supporting this buffoon or any of the clones in his Council!!

  2. “,,,ensure that future generations could learn how the BCATP contributed towards the freedom we all enjoy today…”
    But not for much longer as various levels of government sell us out to foreign corporations. Tens of thousands went off to fight and die, supposedly for our freedom. How many are willing even to go to a demonstration these days?
    At protests I keep hearing people say, “We shouldn’t have to do this.” But the fact is, we have this mess because we HAVEN’T been protesting. Mostly we haven’t even been paying attention to what they’ve been doing. Harper has gutted the environmental protection laws and is changing the election rules to make the world safe for corporate fascism. Hardly anyone is aware of it. Even fewer will say anything.
    It’s pretty sad and discouraging.

  3. Dubravko Kakarigi2 days ago
    We must not forget that an oppressive system needs the oppressed to sustain itself. The oppressed withdrawing from the system altogether denies it the oxygen that it needs to live. One of the effective forms of civil disobedience, which Chris does not mention, is to self-organize on the local level to the point of not needing the oppressive system to sustain one’s life. Anyone exercising authority can do it only because others delegate that authority to him or her.
    I found the comment above on a Chris Hedges vid
    There are people out there – mostly young people who are still so naïve that they have ideals and try to live them – who are working at this. They are serious anarchists in the best sense of the word. Left wing anarchists. Where they really started to win me over was when one of them said, “I don’t think we have time to spare to add to the negative energy of these people – we have to put our energy into creating something positive.”
    I’m old. I have a foot in both worlds. I believe there is a necessity to make more people aware of the evil that is being done, but there is also a lot to be said for not spending all our time in the negative world of protest. Trying to build something positive has a real attraction because the current economic/political system has gone way beyond being fixed.

  4. Likely; It would have remained a active airport. Had it not been for a the same ppl currently arguing against the wind turbines on the property. Who argued against the Autodrome. SEARCH Dunnville AUTODROME if you don’t know what I am talking about.

    The loss of the lease income from the Autodrome, forced the owner of the airport to find new revenue streams.

    The irony is incredible. Some of the best drivers in Canada were chased away from the property. In favor of some of the worst. The worst were welcomed the best were shunned. When it didn’t work out for the best the airport closed and Wind turbines took over.

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