There is another article covering safety concerns with Caloundra Airport in today’s Sunshine Coast Daily. This has been added to the collection of recent articles, the text of all articles can be downloaded HERE.
The text of the article (and photo) appears below and is taken directly from the Sunshine Coast Daily. You can visit the Sunshine Daily website at http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/
Fears for child safety raised
Alan Lander | 13th April 2010
Concerns have been raised about flying behaviour.
A SAFETY expert who lives near Caloundra Aerodrome said he had concerns about flying behaviour around Caloundra Aerodrome.
But Warren Kidd said it was light planes training pilots over Golden Beach primary school which had him worried, not helicopters.
Mr Kidd, who lives in Pelican Waters and advises on safety issues at major ports, said he “perceived” that flightpath changes for light planes training pilots had occurred over the last four to five weeks.
“Maybe it’s because of wind factors but it seems more low-level activity off the east-west runway over the school was placing a high number of children and teachers at an increased level of risk,” he said.
Mr Kidd said that as a chartered member of the Safety Institute he was encouraged to work in communities to increase safety as a matter of course.
He said an increased risk assessment for the school was required. He has contacted airport authorities offering his assistance pro bono.
Sunshine Coast Airport operations manager Daniel Eatock said while traffic and training movements had increased at Caloundra, so had safety parameters.
“The frequency of exposure has increased, as the tenants have obviously been successful in marketing their businesses, and therefore circuit training has increased. Also, the exposure has increased due to approvals for the residential developments at Bell Vista,” Mr Eatock said.
Mr Eatock said he was organising a meeting with aerodrome business operators to hear residents’ concerns.