Questions raised on flight training call
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