Ottawa - Carp

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Last Validated 08-2016
City Ottawa, Ont.
Position 45°19'09"N 76°01'20"W
Runway(s) 10/28
Elevation 382 ft


Carp is a general aviation airport located some 20kms west of downtown Ottawa. The airport is well known for hosting the annual Ottawa Air Show. Although limited in size, some interesting companies call Carp their homebase.


The layout of the airfield clearly shows its military past, with the typical Canadian triangle runway lay-out. Nowadays the lay-out is fairly simple with all activities taking place north of the single runway 10/28.

Getting There

Coming from Ottawa, head west on highway 417 to Arnprior and Pembroke. At the Carp exit, turn right onto Carp Road. After about 5kms, the eastern threshold can be seen on your left side. Take the first left to the airport, named Russ Bradley Road, after passing the threshold.

Around the Airport

1Helicopter hangars

Before entering the airport premises, turn right towards the helicopter hangars. The parking lot is located in front of the hangars, the helicopters are parked on the other side of the hangars. Park your car and walk past the hangars to shoot a few pics on the platform. There's no fence to obstruct your view. If someone is around, you may want to ask first.

2Around the hangars

From the same road to the helicopter hangars, views can be obtained. The number of trees hinders your view, so this spot is not good for taking pictures.

3Approach 10

Find your road around the airfield from the main buildings and you will appreciate this spot. Photography is excellent here in the afternoon. Both aircraft landing and turning to the runway for departure can be graphed here. Unfortunately, this spot is closed off by police when the Ottawa Air Show takes place.

4Approach 28

Although not as good as spot 3, the eastern landing is fairly open as well. Spot 4 is a little distant and small aircraft are usually fairly high when passing your lens. Moreover, runway 10 is mostly in use.

5Main platform

You have to be lucky to be allowed access to this spot. During office hours the parking lot is usually open and nobody will bother you. The parking lot is situated in front of the main First Air building and offers good views of aircraft activity. Photography is less good because of backlight.

This beauty was shot near the helicopter hangar at spot 1. Wim Sonneveld.


128.175/252.500Ottawa TRML

Based Operators

Helicopter Transport Services (Canada)AS350B
Bell 205
Bell 206
Bell 212
Bell 214ST
Bell 407

More Info

Carp AirportOfficial Carp Airport website

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