Draft of Aerodrome Master Plan presented to Council this month (May) – also contains the draft Leasing Strategy.
Main activities to be expected at the aerodrome would include aircraft maintenance, business and charter flights, sports & recreation, helicopter industry with pilot training to be the main business.
At present, 40000 movements occur each year but by 2030 there is likely to be as much as 84000 movements per year.
The cost to Council at present to maintain the aerodrome runs at about $250000 per year but in future will become financially viable through leasing and landing and parking fees. Well placed for the future.
Further consultation with council and community groups
Preparation of the Master Plan and exhibiting this plan, hopefully sometime in August.
Finalisation of the Master Plan and adoption will be the concluding phase.
Leases that are considered to be definite are the airport museum, cadets and life savers.
Increase in helicopter usage – possibly from 355 at present to 35% of total aircraft movements.
Handling an increase in traffic without any extension of the runway.
Noise factor affecting Bellvista Stage 2.
80% of noise factor will result from pilot training (mainly helicopter)
POINTS MADE BY A COMMUNITY GROUP REPRESENTATIVE(S)
Belief that the aerodrome at its present will eventually close
Needs to be an inquiry into its relocation.
Air Museum needs to be relocated to allow for expansion.
Bellvista Stage 2 will be the eventual downfall of the aerodrome.
Only 27 calls since August 2009 and these were referred to as regular callers.
Special mention was made by our BeCA representative concerning the appalling display by a helicopter company flying many times over Bellvista on Good Friday morning as early as 7.00am. This attitude illustrates the contempt shown towards the Bellvista community in relation to the noise factor. This situation has been mentioned as a concern on a regular basis at the forum.
A decision was made to hold a special meeting once the Management Plan has been finalised for all the community groups concerned with a possible venue to be at the Aerodrome including a tour of the facilities.