This morning (despite being a glorious sunny weekend day) seemed like a blast from the past regarding excessive helicopter activity over the estate for many residents. One resident on our BeCA Facebook page has been posting about the influence today’s flights has had on her family.
She wrote: I just had two helicopters go over head at the same time- Do they realize how loud this is?.. Young child holding on to her ears screaming!!! Can you get them to stop this- My child is flipping out !!
It appears today’s activity is within guidelines. You can read more about the guidelines HERE.
The flights began just after 8:30 am today and may have stopped by now (1:15pm). For much of the morning there were two helicopters doing their repetitive touch ‘n go circuits.
The flights are from the Becker Helicopter School which has recently won a contract to train up to 50 helicopter pilots from the middle east. Maroochydore’s facilities are not big enough for such a huge number so airstrips at Teewah and Caloundra are also utilized for training purposes. Unfortunately they even chose a Sunday to do their repetitive circuits. BeCA has long campaigned for a satellite training facility for helicopter training touch ‘n gos far away from residential areas so as people’s quiet weekends cannot be interfered with.
BeCA has contacted local MP Mark McArdle, SC Airport CEO Peter Pallot, Cr Rick Baberowski and Becker Helicopters to voice concern over the length and timing of today’s flights. Peter Pallot will be a guest speaker at our BeCA Public Meeting at 6:45pm at the old Land Sales Office on March 4th. All Bellvista and Bells Reach residents are invited to attend.
BeCA will also raise the issue at this Wednesday’s Airport Forum meeting at the Council Offices. Peter Pallot will chair the meeting and several SC Councillors will be in attendance as well.
Click on the photo taken around lunchtime today for a larger view.
BeCA encourages residents to call Caloundra Airport on (07) 5453 1501 and register a noise complaint regarding today’s flights.