Itinerant parking at CYBW

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Itinerant parking at CYBW

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Flew to Springbank last week as I was going to NW Calgary. Normally when I go there I park at the flying club - they had a parking rate of $10 for members and $15 for non-members if I remember right. I called ahead just to make sure they have space, and was told rather abruptly that I can't park there, they're not an FBO and never have offered FBO services such as parking, and that I should pound salt and try somewhere else.

So, I looked other FBOs in YBW and found the website for Springbank Aero, which listed ramp parking at $15/night, so I figured I'd go there. When I got there, the ramp attendant asked if I needed fuel and said he'd fuel it sometime over the weekend so it would be ready to go on Sunday when I planned to leave. I went to pay on Sunday only to find out that parking was actually $55/night, not $15 like the website said. When I asked the guy about the discrepancy, all he said was "Yeah, that website should be taken down..." Anyway, stupid me for not confirming the price when I got there.

I checked the fee schedule for springbank and it says the Apron fee is around $16, though the ramp guy at Springbank Aero told me it's more than they charge, like $60 or $70. Was he just pulling my leg? Where do you usually park, for those that visit Springbank?
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Re: Itinerant parking at CYBW

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Is Cavalier Aviation still there?

You didn't actually pay the $55 /night did you?
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Re: Itinerant parking at CYBW

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A few years back, we parked a couple of 172's at the flying club over night. We were told in advance that it was alright to park there.

When we arrived in the morning, we were met by a rather pissed off staff member who told us that we should have never parked at the club and that we were to leave immediately. The club seemed much more amicable after we purchased fuel from them, but in retrospect we should have just buggered off to a different spot for fuel.
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Re: Itinerant parking at CYBW

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I guess CFC is too busy with their Chinese students:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/c ... -1.3733432
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I parked at Calgary Flying Club for 5 days without any issue. Strange
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Re: Itinerant parking at CYBW

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CFC seems to have a lack of consistency and communication between staff. I don't know how much turn-over they have, but I always feel like I'm talking to someone new there.

Stupidly, I did pay the $55 / night as I was just wanting to get going and didn't feel like getting into an argument with the rampie, who probably couldn't do anything anyway. It's probably not a bad idea to send a complaint to the company though, and see if I can get it partially refunded.

Cavalier aviation doesn't seem to have parking listed on their site, it looks like a maintenance shop to me?
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Re: Itinerant parking at CYBW

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I've parked at the flying club in YBW overnight, would've been almost 1.5 years ago though. I don't remember it being an issue at all.
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Re: Itinerant parking at CYBW

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FYI, Airdrie has free parking if you get gas there. Their gas is cheaper than CYBW and depending on how far S and W in the NW you're going, it's about the same distance.
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Re: Itinerant parking at CYBW

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If it helps, there's also a courtesy car available at High River.
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