This was taken from the Fraser Coast Chronicle. (HERE) It seems the residents of Caloundra are not on their own when it comes to dealing with Becker Helicopters.
THE Fraser Coast councillors will get to experience the noise generated by helicopters first-hand when they meet with Becker Helicopters chief pilot Mike Becker on Tuesday.
The meeting will also give the group an opportunity to talk to councillors about the company’s plans to use Hervey Bay airport after the controversy surrounding the council vote to exclude helicopter training schools from region’s airports last week.
“The meeting will cover a number of topics,” Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell said. “It will give Mr Becker the opportunity to outline his plans; let councillors ask questions and progress the development of a Fly Neighbourly Agreement between the company and the council.”
The agreement would address the current concerns of residents affected by the noise of the helicopters, including hours of operation and flight routes, which would serve to lessen the impact of noise generated by the aircraft, Cr O’Connell said.
“Mr Becker will also be flying a helicopter at the airport from mid to late afternoon on Tuesday to let councillors experience firsthand the noise generated by the aircraft,” Cr O’Connell said.
The Chronicle was also sent a response to the aircraft noise complaint sent to the Noise Complaint and Information Service (NCIS) by a Hervey Bay resident.
The NCIS response said the organisation had received a number of complaints about sudden and loud helicopter noise experienced by residents in Hervey Bay.
NCIS said in its email Airservices Australia transmits a monthly report informing the council of the number of complaints regarding aircraft noise at Hervey Bay airport, but that did not include the number of complains per complainant.
The Chronicle tried to contact the NCIS but had not received a response at the time of going to print.