Keep flight training debate civilised

The latest development in the ongoing battle over Flight Training Adelaide's plans to establish a permanent pilot training facility at the Port Lincoln Airport is a concerning one, particularly the alleged intimidation of staff and students.

There has been plenty of debate from both sides of the argument on this issue and community debate is an important and healthy thing but it should never include intimidation.

The Lower Eyre Peninsula Airport Residents Association (LEPARA) has condemned the recent vandalism and intimidation, which is now under investigation by local police, and reiterated its role to voice community concerns about the noise and health impacts of the trial and potential permanent facility.

It appears to be getting ugly on both sides with people who have spoken out against the Flight Training Adelaide development, including LEPARA members, facing regular ridicule and abuse.

As the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council chief executive officer Rodney Pearson has said in today's page 3 story, the staff and students are undertaking a legal activity at the airport.

They deserve a level of respect - as do people voicing their opposition - not personal attacks.

A wide variety of concerns have been raised by Lower Eyre Peninsula community members from noise levels to safety issues and they deserve to be seriously considered and addressed.

Clearly the frustration of some opponents about the lack of consultation is growing but a civilised debate and going through the correct channels is the best way to be heard and have any chance of having an impact on the outcome of Flight Training Adelaide's development application.

With that said the members of the LEPARA and other concerned parties have so far gone through the correct channels, yet feel they are not being heard despite the possible ramifications they fear for their communities.

While the district council and Flight Training Adelaide conduct further noise assessments to source on the ground data, that were requested by the the Environmental Protection Authority, the establishment of a permanent facility remains unclear as it remains in the hands of the State Commission Assessment Panel.