Chopperline Helicopter School does not have any students training with them at the moment. They continue to provide services to pilots who require flying time to keep pilot requirements up to date and other incidental flights of a one-off nature. Some senior staff at Chopperline are being let go as the helicopter student business declines. Chopperline’s major source of students is from country properties in rural Australia. As the financial situation tightens across the country, there is less cash available to for farmers to train as helicopter pilots to service their own properties.
Bellvista residents will have noticed a couple of helicopters completing repetitive touch ‘n go’s on Thursday. Becker Helicopters from Maroochydore have been using the Caloundra Airport to practise touch ‘n go’s for around two weeks now. Becker Helicopters have secured a huge contract to train up to 50 pilots from the middle east. They have added aircraft to their fleet to cope with the influx of students. Caloundra Aerodrome is an excellent venue for trainee helicopter pilots to do their repetitive circuits which, unfortunately for residents, is directly over our estate. BeCA is disappointed that Becker Helicopters has decided to use the local airport to practise repetitive circuits over our homes.
On Thursday there were up to two Becker Helicopters carrying out circuits above homes for up to four hours over the homes of Bellvista residents.
At this stage BeCA has no contact with Becker Helicopters. Maroochydore Aerodrome management have been alerted to this activity. Bellvista residents are waking up to the buzz of helicopters as trainee pilots commence and endless routine of touch ‘n gos across the day.
It appears the creation of a satellite Helicopter Training facility so helicopter pilots can complete their training but not impact on residential areas is an even greater imperative to reduce any impact on the lifestyles of residents.