Sunshine Coast Airport moves helipads to reduce complaints

Sunshine Coast Airport moves helipads to reduce complaints

9-Sep-2011 Source:

Sunshine Coast Airport in Ausralia’s state of Queensland is preparing to create new helipads to move the noise signature of rotary wing movements away from the east side of the airport, thus reducing the environmental impact on residential neighbours in the Pacific Paradise and Mudjimba areas.  Major Projects Councillor Debbie Blumel said that the  installation of the airport’s first purpose-built, illuminated, helicopter landing facility will change night time helicopter operations at the Marcoola airport.

The move will reduce the need for night helicopter landings to use the main runway.  An unlit helipad is to be built abeam the middle of the cross runway, and the lit helipad on an existing taxiway adjacent to the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter facility.  The work is budgeted at Au$90,000.

Graeme Stevens – Australia correspondent

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