Incident at FORT SMITH NT (CYSM) (Aerodrome - power failure)


2003-12-02: Aerodrome Safety advised that the switch gear or (breaker) for the back up generator failed. A local electrical firm was attempting to repair or replace the switch gears which were originally manufactured in France. UPDATE: The back up system is considered obsolete and too expensive to repair or replace ($100,000) therefore the back up generating unit at Fort smith has been turned off and is in the process of being decommissioned. A backup system is a requirement under Aerodrome Standards when the airport has a precision runway approach. In the event of a power failure the Cars Opeator at Fort Smith will call the APM headquaters and FSS at Yellowknife. The Cars Operator will have emergency lighting for the building, however no communication capabilities. All lighting runway, taxiway etc. would be U/S. Yellowknife FSS would then broadcast a voice advisory, and consider issuing a Notam. Fort Simpson may suffer the same fate as Fort Smith.
2003-07-02: The Airport experienced a power failure that caused the RCO, airport lighting and VOR/DME to all go off the air. The back-up generator did not come on. The power was restored at 17:00Z. The cause of the failure is not known at this time.


CADORS Number 2003C0855
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2003-07-01 - 16:31
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID CYSM
Aerodrome Name FORT SMITH NT (CYSM)
Geographic Location Northwest Territories, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Fort Smith
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number 30308
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Aerodrome
Events Aerodrome - power failure

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