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How predictable it is that any complaint of aircraft noise initiates a patronizing, dismissive, response from the pro-pilot lobby (letters Jan 28, ‘Planes are OK’).

I live in Myocum too, and I and my neighbours (including some who have lived here for decades) are being driven to distraction by the incessant noise, the 6am start times, the illegal low-flying, circling, swooping and ear-splitting drone of small planes and helicopters. It has increased extraordinarily of late.

Years ago we met with pilots to attempt to negotiate, and for a while there was consideration. But, yet again, the commercial and private interests of a few trample the quality of life issues of many. We weren’t in the flight path when we moved here many years ago – but it seems we are now, particularly for helicopters. Council can’t/won’t do anything, not even require planes to have baffles (mufflers).  I don’t support vandalism, and there are no ‘regular channels of complaint’ (Backlash, 28/1) for local aircraft noise, so the only course is higher authorities.

Thanks Ms Gardavsky, you are not in the minority at all; I for one appreciate the info.

Madeleine Green, Myocum

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  1. Oh my god, to take this girl to task is almost impossible. So: the illegal low flying, circling, “swooping”(like errant magpies) ear-splitting drone of small planes & helicopters….. Perhaps Madeleine should review her knowledge of ANO’s (Air navigation orders) as far as take off & landing at airfields about the height above terrain when departing or arriving at same. Since when do aircraft have mufflers,? Although I will admit that the Rotax range of engines appear to all have a muffler or more likely an echo chamber to quieten & enhance performance..Helicopters, can’t help you there except that around here they are never troublesome (Kingscliff) It would appear that m/s Gardavsky & madeleine are more interested in shutting the operations down as mostly they are run from Byron Bay. Perhaps they have another agenda We’ll See…………………………


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