BeCA representatives attended the Caloundra Aerodrome Community and Aviation Forum at Caloundra Council Offices on Wednesday July 20th. Many members of Sunshine Coast Airport Management Team were unable to attend due to a conflicting commitment and apologies were received from all those unable to attend.
Currently several projects are either underway or have been recently completed at the Caloundra Aerodrome. Re-vegetation of some areas of the site has been completed. The new Emergency entrance off Caloundra Rd has also been completed.
Planning has been completed for future Caloundra Aerodrome ‘Lease Area’ extensions and expansion. Plans for the extension of Pathfinder Drive have been completed and include a new public viewing and picnic area along with space for new tenants. These plans will be put into practice as Council funding becomes available.
The major item requiring attention is the large expansion of the Queensland Air Museum site. Finalizing title arrangements has required delicate and time consuming negotiations. It is expected the title issue will be resolved in September.
Once the title issue is resolved there should be rapid progress as the Air Museum site is expanded and begins to occupy the land facing onto Caloundra Rd between Bunnings and Airport Drive. Funding for improved facilities can then be sought from local, state and federal government sources. Rapid growth of the Queensland Air Museum is expected to begin early in 2017.
6 noise complaints were received resulting from aircraft movements at Caloundra Aerodrome during April, May and June.
CASA has made a range of suggestions to Sunshine Coast Airport Management following numerous noise complaints it received early 2015. The suggestions involve increasing height requirements for aircraft when landing and a modification of standard routes for aircraft arriving and departing from the airport. These suggestions will be taken to lease holders for consideration and their responses reported at the next Airport Forum Meeting.
It is possible there will be some modifications to flight patterns recommended for aircraft arriving and departing Caloundra Aerodrome.
The two year agreement between Becker Helicopters and Sunshine Coast Airport Management to use Stockland owned land as a semi-permanent satellite training facility to allow the practising of helicopter touch n’ go’s is due to expire early 2017.
Discussions have been going on with the State Government for a permanent solution. This would remove the terrible situation experienced by our residents in January 2015 when Becker helicopters targeted Bellvista to repeated daily periods of touch n go’s by large helicopters daily over several weeks. This created a frightening and frustrating time for residents and led to the creation of the temporary satellite training facility solution.
Sunshine Coast Airport Management believes there is a very strong chance a permanent solution is at hand. It requires a ‘political’ decision to be made, one Airport management is confident of in the context of any ‘political’ decision. An updated report on these discussions regarding the permanent solution will be made at the October Caloundra Aerodrome Community and Aviation Forum Meeting.
The recent positive outcome by the Federal Government to the Environmental Impact Study for the new extended runway at Sunshine Coast Airport will see further development and expansion. It is expected new aviation industries will be attracted to the region and may require the relocation of some current aviation industries from Maroochydore to Caloundra.
Industries which could be relocated would involve aircraft servicing and development, industries which would create a minimal increase in flights over homes.
So the planning for the growth of aviation industries across the Sunshine Coast has been completed and the funding is rapidly falling into place. The final and most exciting stage is about to unfold, the implementation of a range of new and exciting jobs growth and industry developments.
The next Caloundra Aerodrome Community and Aviation Forum Meeting will be conducted at Caloundra Council Offices at 10 am on Wednesday, October 19th.