Sevogle

Sevogle Airport (TC LID: CCM3), situated near the Northwest Miramichi River in Northumberland County at 47°11′00″N 66°09′00″W, is operated by the NB Department of Natural Resources, Government of New Brunswick. The airstrip is still active (NavCanada 2006).

Constructed

1954

Active in the aerial spray program

1954, 1956-1958, 1972-1974 – no details

1975 – June 4 to 26 (TBMs)

1976 – June 2 to 19 (TBMs)

1978 – May 28 to June 22 (TBMs)

Work Flow Example – 1978

  1. Set up living facilities: April 1-17
  2. Arrival of insecticide: March 14-17
  3. Arrival of aviation gasoline: first delivery March 20
  4. Arrival of TBMs: May 23 to June 19
  5. Arrival of Cessnas and navigator crews: May 19 to June 16
  6. Operational spraying: June 22 to July 10
  7. Closing up camp: July 10 (two watchmen were employed for the winter)’
  8. Used as a DNR fire base to fight the Stony Brook fire: August 15 to September 4

1979 – May 28 to June 17 (TBMs)

1980 – May 26 to June 19 (TBMs)

1982 – May 29 to June 19 (TBMs)

1983 – May 23 to June 15 (TBMs)

1984 – May 28 to June 18 (TBMs); a small spray aircraft program was conducted from May 26 to June 21 from 14 airstrips, including Sevogle.

1985 – May 30 to June 21 (TBMs); a small spray aircraft program was conducted from May 26 to June 24 from 12 airstrips, including Sevogle.

Work Flow Example – 1985

  1. Arrival of insecticide: May 1 to June 1
  2. First arrival of TBMs: May 6
  3. First arrival of Cessnas and navigator crews: May 14
  4. Operational spraying: May 30 to June 21

1986 – June 2 to 15 (TBMs); a small spray aircraft program was conducted from May 27 to June 21 from 7 airstrips, including Sevogle.

1988 – May 27 to June 5 (TBMs); a small spray aircraft program was conducted from May 8 to June 18 from 4 airstrips, including Sevogle.

1989 – May June 5 to 14 (TBMs); a small spray aircraft program was conducted from May 28 to June 17 from 4 airstrips, including Sevogle.

1990 – June 5 to 16 for spruce budworm and June 25 to July 6 for hemlock looper (TBMs); a small spray aircraft program was conducted from June 5 to 26 from 12 airstrips, including Sevogle.

1991 – May 22 to June 16 (TBMs)

Work Flow Example – 1991

  1. Arrival of insecticide: May 21 to June 13
  2. First arrival of TBMs: May 14
  3. First arrival of Cessnas and navigator crews: May 15
  4. Calibration of TBMs: May 18-28
  5. Calibration of small spray aircraft (AgCats): may 30
  6. Operational recurrency training of TBM spray pilots: May 28-29
  7. Operational spraying: May 30 to June 16 (spruce budworm), June 25-30 (hemlock looper)

1992 – May 15 to June 12 (TBMs)

1993 – May 11 to June 6 (TBMs); this is the last year that TBMs were used for spraying in NB.

1995-1996 – Repap New Brunswick Ltd. continued to use the Sevogle facility as a base camp in 1995 and 1996 to accommodate employees involved in the salvage of trees blown down by a storm in 1994. FPL prepared and operated the camp from May through December (1995) and May through October (1996), then prepared it for long-term vacancy.

2000 – September: auction of buildings at Sevogle Airstrip.

Sevogle airstrip topographic map.

The newly constructed Sevogle Airstrip, 1954. (Joe Stone)

Sevogle Airstrip, June 1972. (Dewey Photography)

Sevogle airstrip, June 1978, illustrating its remote location in north-central New Brunswick.

Final approach, Sevogle Airstrip, June 1978.

Sevogle Airstrip – loading and parking area, June 1980.

TBMs #3 and #23 in pits at Sevogle Airstrip, June 1982.

Sevogle Airstrip, 1985.

The Firefly team (TBMs #4, #12 and #24) parked at Sevogle, 1985.

Sevogle Airstrip with spill on runway, June 1985. The spill occurred on 12 June when TBM FMUD developed engine trouble while ferrying to a spray block. The pilot attempted to land with a full load but the emergency dump door tripped open and spilled the whole load. Proper decontamination procedures were carried out by the ground crew.

TBM team over Sevogle Airstrip, 1988.

TBMs making a turn over Sevogle Airstrip, date not recorded.

Aircraft parking area at Sevogle Airstrip, 1993.

Sevogle Airstrip camp area, 1993. The mess hall pictured below can be seen in the centre of the cleared area.

Sevogle airstrip mess hall, 1993.

Auction of buildings at Sevogle Airstrip, September 2000.

Sevogle Airstrip, Canada Flight Supplement, 2008. (NavCanada. 2008)

References

NavCanada. 2006. Moncton VFR Navigation Chart, February 2006.

NavCanada. 2008. Canada Flight Supplement, 31 July, 2008. Canada and North Atlantic Terminal and Enroute Data. Part 3 – Aerodromes.

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