BeCA is conscious that not all residents share similar views on the future of Caloundra Airport. BeCA’s does not want to see the airport closed to the detriment of the community friendly industries and workers who earn a living there. BeCA believes that the Bellvista Community and the Caloundra Airport tenants need to find common ground on issues so they can work in harmony with each other.
However we have decided to share these emails with residents.
Excerpts from the emails received appear below:
(Email 1) Despite being 7:45 am on Anzac Day, (for many Australians a particularly solemn day out of respect for Australia’s fallen) two helicopters were observed doing training touch n go’s out of Caloundra Airport for the best part of an hour.
I am very pleased to report the behaviour has now stopped.
Regrettably I understand this behaviour is within the parameters set out in the Fly Neighbourly Agreement, however it appears to be insensitive in the context of what the day represents. It also seems there is something out of place with a Fly Neighbourly Agreement which permits this sort of activity on Anzac Day.
No resident would feel aggrieved by several Tiger Moth Aircraft which took off around 8:30 to participate in Anzac Day activities, nor the occasional joy flight during the morning by a visitor to our area which depends so much on the tourism dollar.
These activities are very different to the repetitive circuits by two helicopters at a relatively early hour on a solemn Public Holiday over residential areas.
This is not the first time this sort of behaviour occurred, it also happened on the morning of Good Friday 2011.
As far as regulations are concerned, it appears this behaviour is acceptable, however many residents would feel that morally, this behaviour is unacceptable. There appears to be an attitudinal problem by some/one lease(s) holder at Caloundra Airport on the shared rights of what is fair and reasonable between the community and that of the airport lease holder(s).
(Email 2) I have no issue with the official Anzac Day flights by Bi-Planes and Army helicopter, but these training helicopters should not be allowed to fly today, at all. They could at least have a little respect for the returned, and currently serving, servicemen and women. A public apology is warranted.
(Email 3) I agree, (the behaviour of helicopters) was appalling as well.