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Hearst René Fontaine Municipal Airport


The Hearst René Fontaine Municipal Airport is Owned and operated by the Corporation of the Town of Hearst. The Hearst airport is a registered airport and is located 2.4 kilometers northwest of Hearst, Ontario, Canada.  The airport serves cargo flights and general aviation, including air ambulance (MEDEVAC), forest-fire fighting and aircraft maintenance. It is capable of supporting both Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations. The Critical Aircraft for the airport is the DHC 8 (Dash 8) (Aircraft Group Number IIIA).
For up to date information on the Hearst René Fontaine Municipal Airport please consult the most current edition of the following publications:  Canadian Flight Supplement (CFS), Canada Air Pilot and the most current NOTAMS through NavCanada website.


Hearst René Fontaine Municipal Airport
PO Bag 5000
2 Airport Road
Hearst, Ontario
P0L 1N0

Airport Manager Office:
Marc-Olivier Gauthier, Director of Airport Services
Tel: 705-362-4341, extension 1450 (Monday to Friday 9 to 5)
Tel: 705-372-1141 (24 hrs answering service)

Airport Attendant Office: General Information and Daily Operations
Tel: 705-362-4341, extension 1451 (Monday to Friday 9 to 5)
Tel: 705-372-1141 (24 hrs answering service)

The airport is operational with an attendant on site Monday to Friday (excluding holidays), between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm local time. An attendant is available after hours and weekends for aircraft fueling and runway condition by calling the 24 hr # (705-372-1141).




  • The maneuvering area consists of a runway, taxiway and public apron.
  • The runway is 4500 feet long  by 100 feet wide asphalt.

Adjacent Lake (Johnson’s Lake)

  • Available lake Takeoff/Landing zone runs approximately 4400 feet on a North-east to South-West heading.
  • Water-to-Land ramp is located on the South-west shore for temporary parking.


Four (4) helipads are located on the North-west side of the apron.


  • P1 Precision Approach Path Indicator lighting and Runway End Identification lighting is available on runway 04 & 22.
  • Fully automated remote-controlled lighting system (Arcal system on Unicom 122.8) (Type K).


  • Hearst Airport Unicom on 122.8 MHz.
  • The Hearst Airport is an Approach Unicom (AU) with the ability to provide altimeter readings to carry out instrument approaches during low visibility and low ceiling conditions.
  • Toronto Center on 128.3 MHz for IFR Clearance or 1-888-217-1241.
  • Ameson DRCO on 126.7 MHz 35NM West of CYHF (4PTT).
  • Weather Briefing and Flight Planning: 1-866-Wx-Brief (992-7433).

Navigation Aids:

  • RNAV (GNSS) approaches for runway 04 and runway  22 (see Ontario Canadian Air Pilot for details).
    • LPV to 250ft AGL.

Terminal Building:

  • 24 hrs secured access (Access code information located near key pad).
  • Modern reception area.
  • Flight planning room.
  • Pilot lounge with rest area.
  • Complementary internet/WIFI.
  • A public pay phone is available in the west lobby.
  • Public rest rooms.
  • Public vehicle parking.

Car rental agencies and shuttle services:

  • Sam’s Car Sales, 705-372-1300, extension 3.
  • Expert Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, 705-362-8001.
  • Shuttle service is available by airport staff with prior arrangements by contacting the airport personnel at 705-362-4341, extension 1450.


Aircraft Fuelling:

  • Jet A1 aviation fuel with FSII.
  • 100 LL aviation gas.
  • Single point fuelling is available for Jet A1 fuel.

Aircraft Parking and Tie Down:

Fourteen (14) aircraft Tie-downs are available in the designated airside area and in the general aviation area.  Electrical plug-ins are available near the terminal building, in the tie-down area and near the fuel facilities. Aircraft Parking is available on the airside and in the general aviation area. Two (2) additional tie-downs are located on the North grass portion of the Terminal building designated for Fly-camping. Guests are welcome to set-up their tent and camp right under their wings.

Hangar Storage:

An Aircraft Hangar is available with prior arrangements by contacting the airport personnel at 705-362-4341 ext. 1450. With clearance of 41’ 8” wingspan Bi-folding door and a height clearance of 12’5”, our hangar can accommodate most General Aviation Aircrafts and some Commercial aircrafts.

General Aviation Services:

The following General Aviation Services are available at the airport.

  • Ground handling.
  • Baggage handling.
  • De-icing and Anti-icing.
  • Aircraft towing.
  • Aircraft wheel shocks.
  • Engine pre-heat.
  • Aircraft grooming.

Aviation Store:

  • 15W50 aeroshell oil.
  • 20W50 Phillips oil.
  • W100 aeroshell oil.
  • 100 aeroshell mineral oil.
  • Mineral Hydraulic Fluid.
  • Windscreen Cleaner.
  • FSII (Prist).

Aviation Weather:

Weather is available by viewing two web cams via NavCanada Aviation Weather Web Site (AWWS) and by referring to the Collaborative Flight Planning Services (CFPS) website. This information is available 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week and is updated every 10 minutes.

Onsite advisory weather is also available by viewing the link below:

Hearst Airport Advisory

Winter maintenance:

The Hearst Airport provides runway condition reporting and runway friction index twice daily Monday to Friday during winter season and at other times as required. This information is available by viewing the Notams section on the NavCanada Aviation Web Site.

Snow removal and runway clearing is carried out daily Monday to Friday during the winter season and at other times as required.


Regulations in force since January 2019:

  • Minimum distance of 5.6 km from an airport
  • Below 400 feet

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