Ques­tions raised on flight train­ing call

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters -

Re­gard­ing the call for Qan­tas to es­tab­lish a flight train­ing school at the Bus­sel­ton-Mar­garet River Air­port, I see the Gov­ern­ment putting fur­ther fi­nan­cial in­put into the Bus­sel­ton Air­port on hold as well founded.

From 1997-2001, four air­lines all failed to make it vi­able, even though they were un­der­writ­ten by the Gov­ern­ment and Bus­sel­ton Shire at that time.

The im­por­tant hur­dle is what the Ae­ro­club has had to con­tend with for the past 21 years: re­stricted op­er­at­ing hours and noise lim­i­ta­tions.

These two fac­tors caused the RAAF to by­pass Bus­sel­ton Air­port be­cause of pub­lic out­cry about noise and low fly­ing.

Noise and cur­few lim­its caused prob­lems with fly-in, fly-out min­ers and the ae­ro­club was sus­pended for a cou­ple of weeks from fly­ing train­ing be­cause of these re­stric­tions.

The club has since been re­stricted to light air­craft with Ro­tax en­gines and a re­stricted num­ber of train­ing flights. So if it is a level play­ing field. These re­stric­tions ap­ply to all.

You don’t re­ally ex­pect an op­er­a­tion like Qan­tas to try train­ing un­der these rules?

The last ques­tion is what type of air­craft would you ex­pect them to use?

Cer­tainly not Cessna or light air­craft like we use.

The sup­posed 250 trainee pi­lots will need these lim­its amended. Ian Steven­son, Pilot, Bus­sel­ton

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