In January this community was harassed by Becker Helicopters in what appeared to be a deliberate ploy by the company to stir public feeling so they could achieve their goal of obtaining a Satellite Helicopter Training Facility.
Previous attempts by Becker Helicopters to negotiate an appropriate satellite facility had met with inaction from authorities.
The tactic of purposefully targeting a community was further described in a public letter from Becker Helicopters read out at a Public Forum Meeting called by local MP Mark McArdle. You can read the letter HERE.
In a recent article in a Qantas In Flight magazine, Becker Helicopters were highlighted as a developing mid sized company. The following quote is taken from that article:
To grow, you have to be prepared to bend the red tape, Becker suggests. She recalls occasions when bureaucratic procedures threatened to drastically slow the school’s capacity to grow.
While not ignoring those rules, she says you might need to be creative in adhering to them. “Anything regulatory, such as government paperwork or safety, you have to stay in your lane.
But sometimes you’ve just got to drive forward and get things done. Then you can seek forgiveness.” “
You can read the full article HERE or below.
BeCA remains concerned that when the proposed Satellite Training Facility is available that Becker Helicopters MUST not ever return to Caloundra Aerodrome and harass our residents again!
A company which is openly prepared to drive forward and get things done could do anything to get its own way.
The Becker Helicopters section of the article appears below. It is taken from the July edition of the Qantas in flight magazine and was spotted by a Bells Reach land owner as he flew to Sydney recently.
If you click on the icon at the bottom right of the pdf below you will view a full size version.