The forum is convened by the Sunshine Coast Council Property Management Group. They reported that the new access works to permit emergency entry by emergency vehicles to the airport will begin off Caloundra Rd in Feb 2016.
It was reported that several projects involving landscaping and other resurfacing improvements had been completed at the Aerodrome There was an invitation from the Group’s Terry O’Brien to have discussions with Community Groups to discuss the Sunshine Coast Aviation Industry and its future. BeCA is happy to participate in any discussion surrounding the airport and associated industries.
There was a report on attracting new industry to Caloundra Aerodrome, for example the rapidly expanding industry of UAV’s (Drone type aircraft) in areas of further development and regulation. Did you know it was illegal to fly even a kite or model aeroplane within 3 miles (almost 5km) of any airport? So therefore anyone flying a kite on Bullcock Beach may be breaking the law!
SC Property Management believes there is an opening here for Sunshine Coast Aviation to fill a niche in the aviation industry’s needs.
Qantas has commenced flights out of the Sunshine Coast Airport and Air New Zealand is returning for blocks of flights in 2016. Qantas flights to Sydney have been booked out until Christmas.
Approaches continue to made to Tiger Airways to resume Sunshine Coast flights.
It was reported that Becker Helicopters have been using the ‘Bruce Training Facility’ for many of their touch n go training exercises. However we can expect an increase in hovering and other airport based activities during December through to February as training reaches that phase of student instruction. Becker will have a break over the Christmas period.
The question of aircraft landing fees was raised as requested by a BeCA resident. It costs $4-50 to land a small aeroplane at Caloundra. Cameras have been installed which take photos of the tail sections of aircraft where all commercial aircraft carry their registration details. Unfortunately recreational aircraft currently have no such requirement to have registration numbers painted on their tail sections. Therefore identification and billing is expensive and in many cases impossible. This is an Australia wide problem which is currently being worked upon by CASA.
Recently Federal Authorities inspected the level of security at Caloundra Aerodrome. It is understood this is a task being carried out across the country to all ‘community aerodromes’. Recommendations (if any) will be received in due course.