A large noisy helicopter bearing the Becker insignia flew in and began completing repetitive circuits coming in low over houses. The flights appeared to be low but we expect that most likely they were within ‘guidelines’.
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Then Chopperline got into the act and we had two of them flying over homes doing repetitive circuits, giving the people below no respite from the noise. In between circuits, fixed wing aircraft were landing as well.
Too bad if you were a shift worker, an elderly resident trying to get some sleep or a young mother with an ill child trying to get them some rest. There was no rest to be had with the continuous noise.
At a recent Caloundra Aerodrome Forum Meeting, BeCA was told that we should no longer have Becker helicopters doing touch n go’s as they would now be doing touch n go’s at their newly designated area well away from homes to the north of Maroochydore.
Either this is not the case or Becker, despite having this pre-designated site, decided instead to use Caloundra Aerodrome.
BeCA immediately contacted Becker, Sunshine Coast Airport Management, Chopperline, Cr Rick Babarowski and local MP Mark McArdle to air concerns. At this stage we have had a response from Sunshine Coast Airport Management indicating they would look into the situation on our behalf.
Fortunately for all Bellvista and Bells Reach residents, the continuous noise has now gone at the time of wrtiting. Fixed wing aircraft continue to land but this activity does not raise the concern that residents feel from repetitive circuits by helicopters.
BeCA firmly believes the creation of a satellite helicopter training facility well away from residential areas should be pursued by Council, Sunshine Coast Airport Management, the State Government and other stake holders as a matter of the highest priority.