Valek Airport

Аэропорт Валек
Summary
Airport typeUnknown
OperatorJSC "Taimyr Air Company"
LocationNorilsk
Elevation AMSL108 ft / 33 m
Coordinates69°23′42″N 088°21′18″E / 69.39500°N 88.35500°E / 69.39500; 88.35500Coordinates: 69°23′42″N 088°21′18″E / 69.39500°N 88.35500°E / 69.39500; 88.35500
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 5,085 1,550 Asphalt

Valek Airport (Russian: Аэропорт "Валёк") (ICAO: UOOW) is a small airport in Krasnoyarsk krai, Russia located 9 km northeast of Norilsk along the Valkovskoye highway (Russian: Вальковское шоссе). The runway lies on the West bank of the Norilsk river. The airport is named for the nearby Valёk river, which is a tributary of the Norilsk river.

History

Beginning in 1950 to support the industrial giant now known as Norilsk Nickel, the Nadezhda Airport (Russian: аэропорт «Надежда») began as a Class 3 facility in the Civil Air Fleet with a Seaplane Base "Valek".[1]

Small planes, such as the AN-2, AN-3, and similar types, and helicopters of all types are serviced at Valёk. The Taimyr Air Company (Russian: АК Таймыр) services AN-2, AN-3, Mi-8 T (Mil Mi-8), and Mi-8 MTV-1 Line (Mil Mi-17).

Both Taymyr Air Company and NordStar are subsidiaries of Norilsk Nickel. On December 1, 2011, Norilsk Nickel announced that Taimyr Air Company will be merged with NordStar.[2][3]

Nearest airports and the distance to them:

Satellite imagery from Google Earth on 2014-06-25 shows large areas of the runway inundated with water from the river, leaving approximately 400 Meters available. Another image from 2015-06-23 shows the same state. Four small propeller airplanes are shown parked in the same location in both picture. An image from 2016-07-15 show the waters receded, runway areas covered with silt, with only one of the four airplanes parked. Some water had returned in the summer of 2017, shown in an image from 2017-07-11. An image from 2018-07-14 shows areas of the runway appear to remain inoperable due to water in low lying pools, leaving perhaps 800 Meters hypothetically available. Parked helicopters have varied throughout these years of images, giving the impression this airport now mostly, or entirely, serves vertical Take Off/Landing or STOL aircraft.

References

  1. ^ Аэропорт Норильск: Главная→История аэропорта [Norilsk Airport: Home→History Airport] (in Russian). Archived from the original on November 17, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "АРХАНГЕЛЬСКАЯ АВИАКОМПАНИЯ "НОРДАВИА" УЙДЕТ ИЗ РЕГИОНА?" [Arkhangelsk airline "Nordavia" to leave the region?] (in Russian). Aviaport digest (Russian: Авиапорт.дайджест). Regnum. December 1, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  3. ^ "NordStar НОВОСТИ: Информация о назначении генерального директора ОАО "Авиакомпания «Таймыр"" (in Russian). NordStar. December 3, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2016.