It was almost the final BeCA act for 2018 in attending the final Caloundra Aerodrome Forum Meeting, conducted at Helimod at the aerodrome on Tuesday Nov 20th. Helimod is an award winning Sunshine Coast Industry located at the aerodrome. As the photo above shows, Helimod is an ultra modern company servicing the aviation industry.
The meeting was attended by Council, the local community and Aerodrome Operators. There were almost 30 people in attendance.
For once, discussion centred on issues between Council and the operators and covered such topics as poor communication between Aerodrome Operators and the organizers of events recently held in conjunction with the World Parachuting Championships. Other discussion was on the long winded wait to get the Aerodrome Business Plan approved. It seems Risk Assessment was a major sticking point and had extended the wait to in excess of two years for the Business Plan to be approved.
Operators expressed concern and frustration with the delay and Cr Baberowski indicated he would do his best to see the plan approved sometime in 2019. Various reasons for the delay were discussed.
Ross Ullman of Sunshine Coast Airport gave an informative and interesting presentation on the updating of the 50 year old Sunshine Coast Airport to a new modern international destination for travellers and cargo. He told the complete story on the project from 2007 to where it is today. BeCA has invited Mr Ullman to repeat the presentation at a BeCA Public Meeting in 2019. BeCA is confident that residents would find the story fascinating and reassuring to learn that every single ‘T” has been crossed and “I” dotted.
When the contract was originally let, only around 70% of the planning had been completed. This allowed for further adjustments to be made as the airport took shape. It enabled the re-planning of the runway itself so it should now be able to accommodate many of the largest passenger aircraft available today.
The move to re shape the flight path for aircraft heading eastwards from Caloundra Aerodrome has had to be delayed for further risk assessment analysis. The considerations include traffic from other nearby airports, noise concerns, radio frequency concerns, possible weather conditions along with other issues raised by CASA. Heat maps showing where the most noise complaints have arisen will be drawn up and sophisticated sound level measurements are to be made. It is hoped the trial for the new flight path is expected some time in the new year.
CASA has already decided that in future, any aircraft landing at Caloundra Aerodrome will be required to notify Council of their intention. It is hoped this will deter indiscriminant use of the aerodrome by visiting aircraft such as those from Redcliffe, Archerfield etc from using Caloundra Aerodrome for ongoing flight circuit training purposes.
CASA has also decreed that aircraft leaving the Caoundra Aerodrome to the east may only turn when they are over open water.
Air Services Australia (ASA) reported that they had received 9 aircraft noise complaints in the preceding 3 months. Council is only responsible for the behaviour of aircraft once firmly on land, Air Services Australia take on the responsibility once aircraft are airborne. Therefore aircraft noise complaints received by Council are passed onto ASA. However Council will try to talk the problem through with those directing their noise complaints to them.
Further works are planned for the aerodrome. Fencing is being replaced and taller trees around the perimeter are being monitored. Council also plans lay a special membrane to protect nearby asphalt areas from possible fuel spills.