On Wednesday August 29th two representatives from BeCA attended the Caloundra Aerodrome Community and Aviation Industry Forum. The meeting was chaired by Sunshine Coast CEO, Peter Pallot. Peter Pallot has asked to speak at our next BeCA Public Meeting on November 5th as a part of the community consultation process for the Caloundra Aerodrome Masterplan. The Draft Masterplan was expected to be available on Tuesday via the SCRC website.
The post (2 below this one) raised concerns in BeCA’s representatives minds prior to arriving at the meeting.
Peter Pallot reported that the Masterplan was to arrange an orderly and sequenced plan over many years for the future development of Caloundra Aerodrome. The aerodrome would not be developed to accommodate paid for passenger flights and there was no plan to extend any runway in the near future (at least 15 years or so if ever). The major extensions planned for in the Masterplan were to have buildings and hangars either side of the north-south runway and along one edge of the east west runway. An industrial complex was planned for the eastern edge of the property, all of which may happen over the next 30 to 50 years or so. It was envisaged that in the next 10 to 15 years buildings would be extended south from the current buildings along the western edge of the north/south runway. Some apron gravel areas would be sealed and extra taxi ways would be built to cater for the extra buildings and access to the runway.
A major area for development over the next 10 to 15 years would be the Airport Museum, especially the construction of a carpark and allowing some of the museum site to front onto the roundabout on Caloundra Rd thus providing some main road frontage and the ability to promote the facility.
Another feature was a public area near the junction of the two runways with BBQ and picnic facilities for families.
Currently the airport has around 40,000 aircraft movements per annum. As the current businesses grow a normal growth rate in movements was forecast. No new industries would be encouraged which would add substantially to the number of aircraft movements, especially industries which would see a growth in helicopter movements. The management organisation is satisfied with the current scope of helicopter activity and do not foresee extending it.
Some members of the group felt the aerodrome site would be an excellent site to locate a variety of Caloundra’s emergency services, especially with the development of Caloundra South and proximity they would have to emergency aircraft. If they were all moved to the aerodrome, they would be in the middle of a larger future Caloundra and better situated to respond to emergencies.
BeCA requested that the development of a satellite helicopter training facility be considered for inclusion in the Masterplan. This would enable many helicopter touch ‘n go routines to be practised over open areas away from from residential hoomes. However, an industry representative present at the meeting said that some touch ‘n go routines must be practised close to the airport as a part of any ongoing pilot training. BeCA believes anything which moves the majority of this sort of activity away from homes would be an advantage for residents.
Peter Pallot also reported that there had been many repairs to drains around the Caloundra Aerodrome site, that repairs had been carried out following the recent rally event staged at the airport, that fire breaks had been extended, and that there was some movement on leasing arrangements for aerodrome business owners.
Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Peter Pallot will be attending the next BeCA Public Meeting at the old Land Sales Office on Monday November 5th at 6:45 pm and will make a presentation on the masterplan. He will be available to answer all questions. That meeting will be a big one with local MP Mark McArdle and Unity College Principal Rudy Goosem attending as well.