Just arrived back from this meeting and let me assure you, it was very interesting to hear the committee whine about the noise, health (air pollution) and safety risks that are posed by Essendon Airport.
We were handed out a Draft of motions that was summed up by this group!
Currently the over fight between Tullamarine air traffic forces and Essendons conflicting Air traffic cause airplanes to fly very low, thus intensifying the noise for residents in Oak park, pascoe vale, Brunswick, Airport west and Essendon. We believe this is an unfair distribution of noise pollution on our community and therefore a environmental injustice.
Here are some points that this community group want Mr. Kelvin Thomson to address to Acting Head of Air Services to discuss among themselves;
-To inform the conflict between Essendon and Melbourne's airspace infringement of controlled airspace and request AS to re-address the approach to Melbourne airport or consider a fixed schedule for which airplanes may land in a specified time frame.
-Request that all traffic flying into Essendon airport to maintain 1500 ft on runway heading before commencing any turn.
-Request Helicopters not to hover more than 5 minutes.
-Request Helicopters to maintain 2500 ft over residential areas.
-Request that Emergency services to be moved to YMML, because 70% of all medical flights are not life threatening. And that in the meantime a curfew from 10pm-7am is imposed for all other flight except emergency flights.
The list keeps going...
We had a gentleman getting all fired up, mentioned that he was fed up with the racket and disturbance that the jets and heli's make! Tolled us that he barely sleeps because of the noise and that he can't breath in fresh air from outside because of the fumes from the jets. And one thing which he said and I will quote is;
"I'm really getting sick of it and if it was legal I would grab a shot gun and shoot them out of the sky because their that low"
Another women mentioned, that she had experienced the most terrifying and horrific moment of her life when she saw 5 Roulettes which are apparently 'jets' flying over her house very, very, very, very, very...wait for it....very LOW! And when she called up AS, they said they were probably doing a beat up or a wheels up landing? And those pilots tend to be c
And when they came in for a landing the the second time they were 46 ft above the threshold.