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Over 65 Years of Service...

Mr. Robert Bernard, owner of land along Highway 19 in Saint-Nicéphore, has a grass runway of 1,500 feet by 150 feet built. A hangar is moved from Bagotville to Drummondville, and a mechanical workshop is set up in it.
Mr. Philippe Bernier, a licensed flight instructor, opens a flight school with the help of some stakeholders. The first two pilots to get their license are Suzanne Bernard, a 16-year old woman, and Mr. Gérard Perron, mayor of the Saint-Joseph de Drummondville Parish.

In the late 50s, the leaders of the City of Drummondville buy from Mr. Bernard (a member of the Union Nationale in the County of Drummond), the existing runway. They also acquire adjacent land with the intention of providing Drummondville with a runway that can accommodate larger aircrafts.

A pilot association is formed. This sets up the infrastructure needed to obtain a seaplane base permit, considering the proximity of Saint-François River.

With financial support from the federal government, a runway with a length of 4,000 feet and a width of 75 feet is built. At the inauguration, which took place on September 25, 1963, many dignitaries and some 10,000 people witnessed an awe-inspiring air show.

The management of the airport is entrusted to Mr. Larry Morin, also holder of a pilot's license. For 12 years, he served as director and, in 1975, Claude Gaudet succeeded him until 1981. Services Aériens Drummond takes over from 1982 until March 1999.
The late 80s and early 90s bring some concerns; the economic situation raises questions about the relevance of an airport infrastructure and its management. Seeing the possibility of closure and the end of aviation in Drummondvillle, Marc Leclerc, André Veilleux and Jacques Scalzo — three passionate men involved in the aviation community — become involved in the airport facility with Mr. Jean-Guy Spénard, Treasurer of the Drummondville City Council.
The Drummondville Regional Airport Corporation is commissioned on November 13th. This non-profit organization has the mandate to promote the development and management of the airport. André Veilleux, Marc Leclerc and Jacques Scalzo respectively act as President, Vice-President and Treasurer, but also as volunteer members. A three-phase plan is developed for revitalization of the infrastructure and improvement of services.
The City of Drummondville begins the implementation of Phase I by granting a substantial first investment, which makes possible the construction of a new terminal and the installation of new fuel tanks (100LL-Jet A). The complete infrastructure of the parking area is redeveloped, and can now receive 25 planes on an asphalt surface. The Corporation injects $100,000 for the purchase of equipment.
The City of Drummondville carries out Phase II by making significant investments in terms of infrastructure redevelopment: the maneuver area is enlarged to receive larger aircraft, taxiway passes from 45 to 65 feet wide and the lighting system is completely redone. A helipad is installed, as well as a PAPI luminous approach system of Category 1 quality. For its part, the Corporation reinvests a substantial amount in the terminal expansion and installation of a new communications tower.
The Corporation oversees the creation of a website for the Airport. Together with municipal officials, an airport park development plan is elaborated.
The Corporation proceeds to the implementation of the development plan for the new airport park filed with the City. This development plan includes zoning changes allowing private, commercial or industrial use, the possibility of purchasing or leasing lands as well as the planning of works for the first development phase. During that same year, the refurbishment of the platform for seaplane descent on the sea base is carried out.
Infrastructure improvements for Phase I of the airport park are carried out. The new park will receive two new buildings in the same year. The Corporation, with the collaboration of municipal officials, is involved in the planning and implementation of Phase III, i.e. the redevelopment of the current runway with the construction of a new one (6,000 feet by 150 feet).
The City of Drummondville entrusts the airport management to the Drummondville Economic Development Authority (SDED). The Drummondville Regional Airport Corporation is dissolved.
The SDED plans to initiate strategic planning of its development, which spans over a period of five years. The organization also sees the possibility of developing an industrial sector related to aeronautics.

Our Future Plans

A major modernization project has been developed. This project includes the expansion of the runway, which will be lengthened from 4,000 feet (1,219.2 meters) to 5,500 feet (1,676 meters). Other projects are planned, including the acquisition of advanced technology equipment (precision navigation support system) and the sale and lease of lands and hangars.