As of April 28th this year, pilots from Training Schools other than those based at Caloundra Aerodrome will be prohibited from doing repetitive touch ‘n go training circuits at Caloundra Aerodrome.
This stipulation will then be in a 3 month ‘trial’ period until it is fully implemented in August.
This was one of the major outcomes reported at the Caloundra Aerodrome Community and Aviation Forum meeting held in early March.
This will now mean that Caloundra based pilot training schools will have improved access to training flights. It is expected that the Training Schools will then have the authority to remind outsiders that their training flights will now have to be done elsewhere. It may not necessarily mean a lowering of circuits above our homes, but it will mean Council can better control who uses the local aerodrome.
Retiring Div 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer has always been a strong advocate of the airport and strongly believes that if you buy a home near any airport you must expect to get aircraft noise. Tim says that much of the problem rests with house owners not completing due diligence prior to purchasing a property and being aware that there is an airport nearby.
To further strengthen advice to the house buying public, a new website is under construction which will include resources for home buyers and include maps of areas affected by noise, all prescribed training circuits, procedures which are available to home owners regarding excessive noise and further information on Caloundra Aerodrome.
Cr Dwyer presented a Council prepared overlay which advised prospective home buyers of possible concerns. The overlay included all of Bellvista, Bells Reach Arbour and areas of Aura. Home buyers will soon have access to this type of information on the website.
There were a total of 34 complaints to Airport Management between October 2019 and January 2020 from Caloundra West which had 25 first time people making a complaint while a further 9 were making a repeat complaint.
The Little Mountain area had 20 and 4 complaints and Pelican Waters 10 and 5.
BeCA reminded those at the meeting that “Caloundra West” now included areas of Baringa which would have vastly increased the size of “Caloundra West” and could account for the large number of complaints.
Aura Connected, the Community Group for Baringa will be invited to attend future Airport Forums as will the major party candidates at the upcoming State Government Election scheduled for later in 2020.
There will be a further 3 Airport Forum Meetings across the rest of 2020. BeCA has invited Airport Management to a Public Meeting and make a presentation for the information of all Bellvista, Bells Reach and Arbour residents.