Alex has been talking to the management team at Daedalus airfield about concerns residents have had about extra noise.
One concern was Brit-Norman or service and maintain aircraft who were carrying out engine test at full throttle for up to 30 minutes cross to local houses on Stubbington Lane. Alex along with a local resident was able to get the engine testing away from houses.
The loss of the guider club and the commercial drive for the airfield to make money may see increase noise in the future. We will have to keep an ear out and request changes where needed.
The rescue helicopter it seems is making more flights and hovering more than historically we are used to. As the summer comes and we open our windows at night we will near the helicopter more. The rescue helicopter operations have expanded at a lot of the last few years and I plan to write more in a future Ad LIb to let you know why we notice the noise more.
Jim raised concerns about the future of Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club at Daedalus. He told councillors: “I welcome the prosperity and employment investment at Daedalus is bringing to Stubbington.
“But I hope commercial flying will not endanger this club which has for so long been a leisure asset, a training opportunity for young aspiring pilots, and a much-loved feature of our seascape.”
Jim Forrest recently had meetings with officials of the club, and with Council officers, to discuss a proposal to end winch-launched glider flights from Daedalus.
The club fears that the increase in costs, and reductions in the number of flights they can offer, might have an impact on their ability to continue at Daedalus.
The club has operated there for around 70 years, and the tradition of gliding at Daedalus stretches back to the earliest days of the former naval air base.