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YAW Airport Information:

IATA / ICAO Codes: YAW / CYAW
Airport Names:
  1. Shearwater Heliport
  2. Halifax/Shearwater Heliport
  3. 12 Wing Shearwater
  4. CFB Shearwater
Location: Shearwater, Nova Scotia, Canada
GPS Coordinates: 44°38'13"N by 63°30'7"W
Operator/Owner: Government of Canada
Airport Type: Military
Elevation: 144 feet (44 meters)
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Facts about Shearwater Heliport (YAW):

  • Because of Shearwater Heliport's relatively low elevation of 144 feet, planes can take off or land at Shearwater Heliport at a lower air speed than at airports located at a higher elevation. This is because the air density is higher closer to sea level than it would otherwise be at higher elevations.
  • Following a base rationalization program in the mid-1990s, the Canadian Forces closed CFB Shearwater as a separate formation and realigned the property's various facilities into CFB Halifax.
  • The closest airport to Shearwater Heliport (YAW) is Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), which is located only 17 miles (27 kilometers) N of YAW.
  • The inconvenience of not having a ground component for the "Nova Scotia International Air Show" as a result of the Shearwater Heliport Conversion Project saw the entire event moved to Halifax Stanfield International Airport beginning in 2004.
  • Canadian Forces Base Shearwater, commonly referred to as CFB Shearwater, was a Canadian Forces Base located in Shearwater, Nova Scotia on the eastern shore of Halifax Harbour in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
  • As part of the heliport conversion project, the old runway 16/34 was permanently closed and placed outside of a new fence for the Shearwater Heliport, as shown in the Canada Flight Supplement effective 31 July 2008.
  • In addition to being known as "Shearwater Heliport", other names for YAW include "Halifax/Shearwater Heliport", "12 Wing Shearwater" and "CFB Shearwater".
  • Defence cutbacks and unit and facility realignments from 1994 to 1996 saw CFB Shearwater stand down as a separate formation and the facility merged as an airfield attached to CFB Halifax.
  • The furthest airport from Shearwater Heliport (YAW) is Albany Airport (ALH), which is located 11,763 miles (18,931 kilometers) away in Albany, Western Australia, Australia.
  • Post-war, 1948, the Royal Canadian Navy took over the facility, naming it HMCS Shearwater, also known as Royal Canadian Naval Air Station Shearwater.

Map of Nearest Airports from Shearwater Heliport:

List of Nearest Airports from Shearwater Heliport:

RankDistance & DirectionAirport Name & IATA CodeAirport LocationFurther Actions
116.76 miles (26.97 km) NHalifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ)Enfield, Nova Scotia, CanadaView Halifax Stanfield International Airport on a map Set YHZ as destination Airport Get more information about Halifax Stanfield International Airport
273.38 miles (118.09 km) WNWCFB Greenwood (YZX)Greenwood, Nova Scotia, CanadaView CFB Greenwood on a map Set YZX as destination Airport Get more information about CFB Greenwood
3112.54 miles (181.11 km) WDigby/Annapolis Regional Airport (YDG)Digby, Nova Scotia, CanadaView Digby/Annapolis Regional Airport on a map Set YDG as destination Airport Get more information about Digby/Annapolis Regional Airport
4115.64 miles (186.10 km) NCharlottetown Airport (YYG)Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CanadaView Charlottetown Airport on a map Set YYG as destination Airport Get more information about Charlottetown Airport
5117.05 miles (188.37 km) NNWGreater Moncton International Airport (YQM)Moncton, New Brunswick, CanadaView Greater Moncton International Airport on a map Set YQM as destination Airport Get more information about Greater Moncton International Airport
6125.58 miles (202.10 km) NEPort Hawkesbury Airport (YPS)Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, CanadaView Port Hawkesbury Airport on a map Set YPS as destination Airport Get more information about Port Hawkesbury Airport
7125.63 miles (202.18 km) NSummerside Airport (YSU)Summerside, Prince Edward Island, CanadaView Summerside Airport on a map Set YSU as destination Airport Get more information about Summerside Airport
8125.77 miles (202.41 km) WNWSaint John Airport (YSJ)Saint John, New Brunswick, CanadaView Saint John Airport on a map Set YSJ as destination Airport Get more information about Saint John Airport
9139.72 miles (224.85 km) WSWYarmouth Airport (YQI)Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaView Yarmouth Airport on a map Set YQI as destination Airport Get more information about Yarmouth Airport
10165.10 miles (265.71 km) WNW5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, (YCX)Gagetown, New Brunswick, CanadaView 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, on a map Set YCX as destination Airport Get more information about 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown,
11170.38 miles (274.20 km) WNWFredericton International Airport (YFC)Fredericton, New Brunswick, CanadaView Fredericton International Airport on a map Set YFC as destination Airport Get more information about Fredericton International Airport
12188.78 miles (303.80 km) NNWMiramichi Airport (YCH)Miramichi, New Brunswick, CanadaView Miramichi Airport on a map Set YCH as destination Airport Get more information about Miramichi Airport
13197.89 miles (318.48 km) ENESydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport (YQY)Sydney, Nova Scotia, CanadaView Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport on a map Set YQY as destination Airport Get more information about Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport
14202.50 miles (325.89 km) WNWPrinceton Municipal Airport (PNN)Princeton, Maine, United StatesView Princeton Municipal Airport on a map Set PNN as destination Airport Get more information about Princeton Municipal Airport
15209.61 miles (337.33 km) NNEÎles-de-la-Madeleine Airport (YGR)Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, CanadaView Îles-de-la-Madeleine Airport on a map Set YGR as destination Airport Get more information about Îles-de-la-Madeleine Airport

Map of Furthest Airports from Shearwater Heliport:

List of Furthest Airports from Shearwater Heliport:

RankDistance & DirectionAirport Name & IATA CodeAirport LocationFurther Actions
111,763.43 miles (18,931.37 km) SAlbany Airport (ALH)Albany, Western Australia, AustraliaView Albany Airport on a map Set ALH as destination Airport Get more information about Albany Airport
211,719.91 miles (18,861.33 km) SManjimup Airport (MJP)Manjimup, Western Australia, AustraliaView Manjimup Airport on a map Set MJP as destination Airport Get more information about Manjimup Airport
311,693.27 miles (18,818.44 km) SMargaret River Airport (MGV)Margaret River, Western Australia, AustraliaView Margaret River Airport on a map Set MGV as destination Airport Get more information about Margaret River Airport
411,678.56 miles (18,794.77 km) SKatanning Airport (KNI)Katanning, Western Australia, AustraliaView Katanning Airport on a map Set KNI as destination Airport Get more information about Katanning Airport
511,677.97 miles (18,793.82 km) SBusselton Regional Airport (BQB)Busselton, Western Australia, AustraliaView Busselton Regional Airport on a map Set BQB as destination Airport Get more information about Busselton Regional Airport
611,657.63 miles (18,761.09 km) SBunbury Airport (BUY)Bunbury, Western Australia, AustraliaView Bunbury Airport on a map Set BUY as destination Airport Get more information about Bunbury Airport
711,628.52 miles (18,714.25 km) SSWEsperance Airport (EPR)Esperance, AustraliaView Esperance Airport on a map Set EPR as destination Airport Get more information about Esperance Airport
811,569.75 miles (18,619.66 km) SJandakot Airport (JAD)Jandakot, Western Australia, AustraliaView Jandakot Airport on a map Set JAD as destination Airport Get more information about Jandakot Airport
911,562.59 miles (18,608.13 km) SRottnest Airport (RTS)Rottnest Island, Western Australia, AustraliaView Rottnest Airport on a map Set RTS as destination Airport Get more information about Rottnest Airport
1011,559.06 miles (18,602.45 km) SPerth Airport (PER)Perth, Western Australia, AustraliaView Perth Airport on a map Set PER as destination Airport Get more information about Perth Airport
1111,467.50 miles (18,455.11 km) SSWKambalda Airport (KDB)Kambalda, Western Australia, AustraliaView Kambalda Airport on a map Set KDB as destination Airport Get more information about Kambalda Airport
1211,443.31 miles (18,416.18 km) SJurien Bay Airport (JUR)Jurien Bay, Western Australia, AustraliaView Jurien Bay Airport on a map Set JUR as destination Airport Get more information about Jurien Bay Airport
1311,442.80 miles (18,415.35 km) SSWKalgoorlie-Boulder Airport (KGI)Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, AustraliaView Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport on a map Set KGI as destination Airport Get more information about Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport
1411,415.41 miles (18,371.27 km) SWindarling Airport (WRN)Windarling, AustraliaView Windarling Airport on a map Set WRN as destination Airport Get more information about Windarling Airport
1511,369.97 miles (18,298.14 km) SMorawa Airport (MWB)Morawa, Western Australia, AustraliaView Morawa Airport on a map Set MWB as destination Airport Get more information about Morawa Airport