Recently BeCA met with ‘Tub’ Matheson at Chopperline to ‘touch base’ and introduce ourselves. Mr Matheson showed the BeCA representatives around their facility and we discussed the current situation regarding helicopter training flights over the Bellvista Estate.
Mr Matheson reported that their student numbers were well down on previous years.
Another outcome of the meeting was that there would be a weekly forecast from Chopperline on probable helicopter activity over the estate for the upcoming week. Much of where any activity will occur is dependent on the wind direction.
It is expected that the supply of this information will keep the residents of the estate informed. Chopperline do not fly on Sundays.
Mr Matheson reports that next week there would be no change to helicopter operations except a requirement for night flying. This will mainly be navigation exercises with single departures and arrivals – not circuits. Mr Matheson reports that much of the night flying is being affected by weather forecasts of smoke haze and thick smoke near bushfires. Mr Matheson explained that smoke haze and thick smoke near bushfires by regulation prevented many night training flights.
So residents can expect a same ‘as you go’ for helicopter activity around the estate next week