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Experienced Pilot
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It's Too Noisy

Local Residents Say Enough Is Enough
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28 Planes Overhead
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Call The AirServices Noise Complaint Line 1800 802 584
Call the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman 1800 266 040 

Call The Airport And Speak To The CEO Mr Paul Ferguson  (03) 8587 8000
Call The Minister For Infrastructure, Mr Warren Truss (02) 6277 7680 (ultimately the only person who can make a difference)


Aspendale Coastline Now a Helicopter Drag Strip

Another Philip Island Grand Prix Weekend

Aircraft Noise Ombudsman
GPO Box 1985
Canberra City ACT 2601

Re: Excessive and Concentrated Helicopter Activity Over The Sensitive Coastline


Dear Sir/Madam,

I wish to express my concern for the significant disregard for community which was displayed by hundreds of concentrated helicopter flights this past weekend.   This is not an isolated problem but the 19th and 20th of October exceeds all previous experience and continues to highlight an increasing issue with the manner in which aircraft utilise the sensitive City of Kingston coastline.

Helicopters flying at 500 – 1500 feet over a residential area which has a background noise level of around 50dB on a sunny day (when people are out doors), are experienced as profoundly noisy events.  The noise is of course worse if the aircraft are lower than 1000 feet by virtue of airport arrival or departure.  Hundreds of such events (as was the case this past weekend) are unethical and inappropriate.  If this is how aircraft self manage in uncontrolled airspace then there is an urgent need for control measures to restore decency to the manner in which aircraft share our community.

A scenic coastline might be a good proposition for joy flying but this same coastline has been defined as sensitive for community recreation and an important area of high amenity for people who live and visit this area of the City of Kingston.  Members of the community attracted to this coastline number in the many thousands, an embarrassing contrast to the insignificant number of privileged individuals who patronise helicopter joy flights, and the even smaller number of people who make a living by chartering aircraft. 

What makes this matter even more disturbing is that it’s possible to distribute flights for lesser impact on the community.

To add to the impost, many of the aforementioned helicopters were flying over a public event adjacent to the Peter Scullin Reserve in Mordialloc.

Unsuspecting members of the public who referenced Webtrak this weekend to gauge the problem might have been caused to think that they were imaging the issue because most helicopters in this area do not use transponders and do not appear on Webtrak.  So there is little opportunity for objective feedback from the community.

I can only speculate that the attraction for the scores of helicopters this weekend was the Philip Island Grand Prix, but I could be mistaken.

Below is a map showing flight path options for these helicopters.  The most direct route and one which passes over a large area of unpopulated green wedge and avoids the most densely populated centres is shown in blue.  The preferred and problematic flight path is shown in brown.  Paradoxically the brown flight path is directly into one of the Moorabbin Airport approach routes (shown as a green arrow) and involves flying nose to nose with approaching aircraft.  Moreover much of the approaching air traffic is fixed wing and therefore incompatible with the saturation of helicopter activity. 

Practically speaking the helicopters could take a route approximated by either the brown or blue lines or anything in between.  This would provided a corridor about 5km wide, suited to dissipating some of the aircraft noise.

The small purple dot is where I experience the problem.  For some reason this location has become a way point and influences flight paths to the extent that aircraft funnel through a corridor which is literally only 100 metres wide.  As such this small area can become a melting pot of aviation noise.

philip island helicopter noise over the city of kingston

Red dot: Moorabbin Airport

Purple dot:  North Aspendale Beach/Mordialloc Creek area (apparently an unofficial helicopter way point)

Green Arrow: Moorabbin Airport approach route

I have raised issues in the past and I cannot understand how flight activity which is patently unreasonable from a community perspective is allowed to continue under thinly veiled notions of visual flight rules and the uncontrolled nature of the Moorabbin Airport. 

Deficits in the aviation model should not be justification for the continuation of something which is clearly unethical.


Noise affected resident


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