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Chapter 18: Transport and Communications: Past and Present

18.53: Airport Near Portage la Prairie

The airport for Portage la Prairie is located 3 miles (4.8 km) south of town. It is similar to that at Rivers in that it has a military connection, For 50 years it was home to the Canadian Airforce but all the assets were taken over in 1990 by the Southport Group that uses it for a variety of purposes including aviation and aerospace training. The original triangle of runways 1, with runways 0.5 miles (0.8 km) long, has been expanded to include two northwest/southeast runways 2 1.25 miles (2 km) long, the southern of which 3 is much wider than the other. Hangers 4, administrative buildings 5, barracks 6, and a racetrack 7 are seen to the north. Planes can be seen on the taxiing area south of the buildings, nine small ones in the east 8 and four larger ones in the west 9.

Figure 18.53: Airport Near Portage la Prairie

Figure 18.53: Airport Near Portage la Prairie

Figure 18.53

Vertical photograph: MB96001-162

Flight height: 7,000 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.096 mm

Scale: 1:12,000 (approx.)

Date: May 27, 1996

Location: Township 11; Range 6WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62G Brandon

                    1:50,000 62G Portage la Prairie