Major investment has already put the new Alberni Valley Regional Airport on the map. Funding from the region's own taxpayers has provided a long, 4,000-foot runway with another 2,500 plus feet of taxiways and apron. And the airport is already home to a number of key tenants who have made their own investments here. Coulson Aircrane has both headquarters and overhaul facilities here for its heli-logging fleet. Canadian Aero Technologies provides certified engine repair including strip-down, cleaning, and calibrating - even a testing station for turbines.

At the heart of a large forestry region, the AVRA is also base camp for a BC provincial forest fire supression crew. (The giant Mars water bombers are stationed at nearby Sproat Lake.)

Recreational flying is represented at the AVRA by the Alberni Valley Flying Club and other aircraft, including Vancouver Island Helicopters make our airport a base of operations. And if all that doesn't put us on the map, this will: a new GPS approach design making the AVRA an easy spot to find, easier yet to get in and out of, and a great place to build a business.