Last night (Wednesday) 3 BeCA representatives attended the Caloundra Aerodrome Community & Aviation Industry Forum conducted at the Caloundra Council Offices.
The meeting was chaired by Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Peter Pallot and was attended by several SCRC Councillors including Rick Baberowski and Tim Dwyer. Members of the Sunshine Coast Airport Management team were in attendance along with representatives from Golden Beach Progress Association and Sunshine Coast Ratepayers.
This meeting is conducted quarterly and provides an opportunity for interested stakeholders to meet and discuss issues.
Since the last Forum meeting, SC Airport has had meetings with the State Government regarding funding for the construction of a Satellite Helicopter Training Facility. However there has been no concrete outcome to these meetings at this stage.
Noise complaint statistics for the last 3 months have been minimal with barely a concern being raised. This is despite a record number of movements into and out of Caloundra Aerodrome. 1355 movements have been recorded made up of 50% fixed wing aircraft, 32% ultra lights and only 18% rotary winged aircraft (helicopters). The number of helicopter movements has decreased.
Discussion was then had on leasing arrangements currently being negotiated between SC Airport and Tenants. In an attempt to make the Caloundra Aerodrome more financially self reliant, SC Airport has employed valuers to come up with lease values which more reflect current market value.
Golden Beach Progress Association President Mick Graham raised the possibility of funding being available via the Federal Government’s Tourist Development Department to further develop the Queensland Air Museum which is considered having a collection described as one of the best of its type in the world.
Mick also reported on a community member who had a concern over a low flying helicopter above his Pelican Waters home. The resident had the aircraft’s registration number and put his complaint in writing to SCRC. Council explained back to the resident that it was not their concern and the issue should be raised with Air Services Australia (ASA). A following response from ASA indicated it was not their concern but should be raised with the local Council.
Caloundra Airport will follow up on the complaint and notify Mick Graham of the appropriate person with whom to raise the issue.
BeCA reported that helicopter activity above the estate was quite reasonable over recent months. It also reported that when required, emails listing any concern, was being passed on to relevant parties, Chopperline, Becker Helicopters, Councillors and SC Airport personnel. On these few days of ‘extra’ flights, aircraft appeared to following “Fly Neighbourly” policy guidelines. BeCA also reported on its meeting with Chopperline. Mention was made of an apparent increase helicopter night flying over recent weeks.
Finally BeCA reported that anecdotal evidence from Bells Reach residents was that at this stage behaviour of aircraft from Caloundra Aerodrome was not a concern for them despite being situated so close to the airport.
The meeting closed at 6:40pm.
(Added 12/8/2013) Below you will find a section of a pdf document shown at the meeting. The supplied document contains a summary of the number of noise complaints for July 2012-2013 and 2 pages summarizing aircraft movements for July 2013. Or you can download the document HERE. (375kb .pdf file)