BeCA attended the final Caloundra Aerodrome Community and Aviation Forum meeting for 2012 last evening (Weds). Attendance numbers were down but the discussion was informative and lively.
Mick Graham, representing Golden Beach, had noticed with interest that an area had been set aside in the Draft Sunshine Coast Master Plan for the relocation of Caloundra Aerodrome. Mr Graham has long predicted the future of Caloundra Aerodrome is limited because of the influence 50,000 new residents in Caloundra South will bring to the table. Mr Graham also believes the Aircraft Museum should be relocated to a new master site incorporating accommodation, theme parks, conference facilities, cinema and arts areas, and a first class war memorabilia exhibition major tourist precinct. Such a facility would be a major boost for tourism on the Sunshine Coast and for industry here.
Mr Graham also mentioned some new environmental legislation recently passed by the Queensland Government may have an effect on the operation of Caloundra Aerodrome. At this stage he had been unable to read the document carefully so was unsure as to what effect (if any) this new legislation would have.
Chairperson and Sunshine Coast CEO Peter Pallot reported that an aircraft movement camera had been installed at Caloundra Aerodrome to provide photographic records of all fixed wing aircraft movements across the taxiway.
Now management would be able to effectively monitor fixed wing aircraft take offs and landings.
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The information below has been collected by the the new monitor.
The first of the two graphs below show the total fixed wing movements for the period Nov 6th – 30th. The second set of graphs below that show information on total movements over the time frame on an hour by hour across the day basis while the graph to the right of it shows the aircraft movements by hour on the busiest day of the period Nov 6th to 30th.
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Currently there isn’t any monitor of helicopter movements at the Caloundra Aerodrome. This will be available shortly when a radio activity monitor is installed.
Peter Pallot reported on the success of the recent ‘trial’ of international flights to the Sunshine Coast from New Zealand. The majority of travellers were over 50 years of age, 70% were here as holiday makers while 30% were visiting family. 98% indicated they would love to return to the Sunshine Coast again. There was a high proportion of wheel chair passengers. They commented they could now visit the Sunshine Coast direct and not have the problem of finding appropriate disabled transport from Brisbane to Maroochydore.
An announcement is ‘imminent’ on the possibility of Tiger Airways resuming services to the Sunshine Coast.
Peter reported that the time for submissions on the Caloundra Aerodrome Draft Master Plan had closed. There had been 34 submissions which is about what was expected. BeCA made a submission that a satellite training facility for helicopters be created. BeCA has been assured again that this is ‘on the table’ and is being carefully considered by SCRC and Sunshine Coast Airport Management.
At this stage there is no indication that the highly successful Becker Helicopter Training School from Maroochydore Airport will be using Caloundra Aerodrome to practise touch ‘n go’s.
Peter Pallot will be attending our March 4th 2013 Public Meeting at the old Land Sales Office.