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Aircraft noise an issue at Tyagarah

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For anyone who is troubled by the ever-increasing air traffic noise and low flying of small aircraft from Tyagarah Airfield: I have lodged an appeal with the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman’s office in Canberra.

The ombudsman has raised the issue with Airservices for them to work with the Tyagarah Airfield manger to establish a ‘Fly Friendly’ agreement with the operators. This will be followed up in early February.

You too can lodge your concerns with the ombudsman on [email protected] or GPO Box 1985, Canberra, ACT 2601.

Susana Gardavsky, Myocum


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6 COMMENTS

  1. Na, I won’t worry about whinging, I quite like watching aircraft taking off & landing, I wonder if Susana was born in the area or decided that’s where she wanted to live?……………………..

  2. I heard on the grapevine an aircraft was sabotaged/vandalised there very recently. …[If that report is correct, does anyone] know the guilty party? It’s quite a serious offence to endanger aviation safety.

  3. Yes, it is very disturbing to see that an aircraft was badly damaged at Tyagarah by vandals some days ago. One hopes that those responsible are bought to justice. The existence of the airfield forms a social and commercial link with other towns and cities and is therefore an important facility to the people and businesses around Byron Bay.

    Tyagarah airfield is the home of some historically significant vintage aircraft, a gliding club and a skydiving school. The airfield also allows visitors to the region to travel by private or charter flights. In instances where emergency services require aircraft in the local area, the police, air ambulance and fire-fighting services can use this facility to help keep the community safe.

    The aircraft that reside at Tyagarah hardly contribute to a noise problem around Byron Bay. Although the vintage aircraft do joy flights for the tourists, they fly quite infrequently, only a few times a week at the most. The gliding club aircraft don’t need an engine to fly so where’s the problem? The skydiving aircraft is only at low level during take-off and landing. This aircraft does not spend time flying at low levels as this would be inefficient for the business. Skydiving is an activity that attracts back-backers to the area and thus generates business and commercial activity and, thus, jobs.

    Perhaps Susana is targeting the wrong people in her complaints to the ombudsman. Many private flights fly a coastal route north and south bound as the weather is better as compared to flying over the high terrain of the ranges. Many of these aircraft fly from the airfield between Brisbane and Sydney. Rather than coming from Tyagarah, these aircraft could well be from Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie or the Gold Coast.

    There are many aspects of Byron Bay that appeal to both residents and visitors alike. Without the airfield at Tyagarah, the community would suffer economically and socially. The businesses at the airfield create employment for locals and contribute to the commercial and social fabric of the region. Furthermore, the airfield is an important part of local infrastructure that can serve the community in times in times of accidents, illness or natural disaster.

  4. Susanna is right on with her course of action.
    The Tyagarah Air strip is getting increasingly exploited by the local skydiving businesses and some form of regulations needs to be developed.
    Ryan is obviously not living in Myocum or Tyagarah.
    Many years ago there were only a few plane movements. Kind of romantic as Bulldog said.
    Now the skydiving operators try to make as much profit as possible, at the expense of the community living on the ground. Sometimes dozens of movements every day. There needs to be a balance between business and private interests.
    I know that many local residents had enough.

    Walter

  5. I didn’t say anything about the number of aircraft movements or being ‘Romantic’. If you wanted to see aircraft movements you should have hung around Bankstown airfield in the 1960s (more aircraft movements than any airfield in the Southern hemisphere) (Training mainly). So, If you want to have a whinge about the noise make sure you were born where you live now, otherwise put a cap on it……………………….

  6. Well I live in the hinterland and enjoy the quiet ,well from 8am till dark all I can hear is this plane struggling too gane hight it’s an invasion of privacy as far as I’m concerned and a real piss off ,I’ve rung the proprietors of this business and all I get is abuse and aggressive behaviour ,all I suggest too them is please climb at sea as this will improve the residence quality of life or at least change the flight pattern and spread the noise around .

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