The Sunshine Coast Airport General Manager Peter Pallot contacted BeCA today in regard to the helicopter noise problem being experienced by Bellvista residents from repetitive circuits by helicopters over recent days.
BeCA was assured that everything possible was being done to alleviate the problem. Discussions were occurring behind the scenes with Becker Helicopters, Sunshine Coast Councillors and others with a stake in the problem. A piece of land measuring 500m by 45m is all that is required to move all repetitive circuits by all helicopters from Caloundra Aerodrome. However finding this piece of land was the major hurdle. It is understood CASA approval for such a satellite helicopter training site is not required.
A solution may still be some time away. BeCA suggested a site at Johnson’s Rd may be a solution but were told ‘problems’ existed with that proposal.
BeCA hopes to meet with Becker Helicopters later this week if possible.
BeCA is extremely disappointed that Becker Helicopters continued circuits on Sunday when they had previously committed not to do so. It appears Sunshine Coast Airport were involved with a decision to cease these flights.
Sunshine Coast Management reported that 24 emails had been received from concerned Bellvista residents on the recent helicopter activity. Thanks to concerned residents who forwarded emails. A stronger response would have been better but we as a small Community Association are only as strong as our community.