The Fly Neighbourly Policy (to our understanding) restricts training activities from Caloundra Airport to after 7 am. The fixed wing aircraft completing touch n go’s this morning prior to 7 am therefore from our understanding was operating outside of the Fly Neighbourly Agreement. Unfortunately there is little recourse if any to the operator who contravened the agreement from BeCA’s understanding of how the Fly Neighbourly Policy works.
The response to BeCA’s concerns from Becker Helicopters was expected yesterday afternoon and was not received.
Our Facebook page on the issue has received several replies to the statement BeCA was asked to place both on its website and Facebook page by Becker Helicopters as a sign of good faith. Click HERE to go to the Facebook page and the comments of residents.
Two of those comments lifted from the BeCA Facebook page can be read below:
Last Sunday was disgusting – not even 3 seconds peace. (I don’t know how that is being compassionate towards the community. I was starting to think that they were mistaking my trampoline for the heli- pad.
Today (TUE) was very bad. I complained to Becker helicopters some weeks ago, ‘Jorgenson’ replied that they were flying within regulations. Blamed estates being too close to airports. We will get nowhere with him.
BeCA suspects the response from Kim Jorgenson, Becker Helicopter’s Head of Safety, Quality & Training will indicate Becker Helicopters have not broken any of the guidelines set down by CASA and therefore have no case to answer. BeCA also fears the current situation will continue unabated placing residents at the mercy of fine weather and Becker Helicopters’ right to do as they please as long as they operate within CASA guidelines.
BeCA communicates regularly with Becker Helicopters, Sunshine Coast Airport Management, Mark McArdle our local MP and Councillor Rick Baberowski at least on a daily basis on this issue. To this stage we have only received acknowledgement of our concerns from Becker Helicopters and requests for more information from Sunshine Coast Airport Management. Hopefully there is more action occurring in the background of which BeCA is unaware.
Hopefully helicopter training planning by Becker Helicopters over our estate will have ‘compassion’ as a greater factor than previously.