It was revealed that there has been a marked decline in usage at Caloundra Aerodrome during recent months. There were around 2,500 aircraft movements compared to an earlier in 2020 monthly average of around 5,000 movements. This has led to a major fall in aircraft noise complaints.
Now a Council officer is permanently situated at the Caloundra Aerodrome has also led to a fall in the number of complaints. Being onsite and with some access to aircraft behaving inappropriately, a request to cease that behaviour may occur very quickly.
There are plans to further restrict Non-Caloundra based pilot training schools from using the aerodrome for on-going long-term training circuits. This is welcome news for many residents.
Bellvista, Bells Reach Arbour and Caloundra West account for the highest number of aircraft noise complaints.
Details were provided on the type of aircraft activity which occurs out of Caloundra aerodrome. These are divided into groups, Circuit Training, General Aviation, Maintenance and Parachute Flights. Circuit Training is by far the largest contributor to the total number of flights.
Over time it is expected that a definite pattern will become obvious of trends in the use of the aerodrome.
The recent “Hazard Reduction Burn” has enabled management to have a better idea on the condition of Airport fencing needs. It is planned there will be further “Hazard Reduction Burns” covering other areas of the airport.
A major revamp of all of the aerodrome’s lighting is underway. Solar power will be a major feature of all lighting upgrades.
BeCA was disappointed to hear there had not been any follow up from our sister Community Association Group in Aura to become involved with the Caloundra Aerodrome Community and Aviation Forum. BeCA had spoken to their representatives and provided Airport Forum contact details for them to follow up with. Unfortunately, there had not been any follow up. Possibly this was an oversight and follow up may occur in 2021.
“Cirrus Aircraft” is a major business based at Caloundra Aerodrome. A Powerpoint Presentation was given which outlined the role this company plays. BeCA is hopeful that when some sort of post Covid19 normality returns and we can again have our Public Meetings, Cirrus Aircraft’s Ross Harrison can repeat his presentation. They are incredible aircraft with remarkable inbuilt safety features.
The simple pressing of a button by any person on board an aircraft sets in motion an automatic recovery procedure where the aircraft shifts into automatic, finds the nearest airport, scouts for terrain obstacles then flies the plane to the airport where it touches down.
The jet model pictured above has its own ‘parachute’ which can be deployed in an emergency and the whole aircraft then floats safely to ground!
Check out “Cirrus Aircraft’ at Caloundra Aerodrome if you wish to buy one. A base model piston powered aircraft will set you back around $850,000 while the top of the range small jet model comes in at around $4,000,000.