While I think it's great to have the possibility of helicopter rides again, I agree that Malmok is not a good spot to have the heliport. However, construction work is already in process.
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Local residents are not happy with new heliport at Malmok
Thursday, November 5th, 2015 13:32
At the site where the helicopter center should come, the construction work has begun.
Oranjestad - Caribbean Heli Centre (CHC) on Monday began construction of a heliport. That's besides the building of Skydive Aruba Malmok. From December to be performed commercial helicopter flights there. Local residents and water sports, however, are afraid of nuisance. Several residents have therefore united and filed a lawsuit against the company that will operate the flights.
By our reporter
Leanne van Spronsen
Flights must be carried out later by Caribbean Heli Centre (CHC). This company has been around for almost two years preparing and applying for permits. Only the application of the Air Operator's Certificate by the Department of Civil Aviation Aruba (DCA) is not yet finalized. The company is a branch of the Dutch company Heli Centre, based in Lelystad.
Local residents and water sports, however, are upset because she has not been previously informed or warned and because not asked for their opinion. "It is next to a residential area. People see the value of their homes, sometimes reaching 2 million florins, plummet. The helicopter will probably fly all day, it does not cause a nuisance? "One resident of Malmok wonders. "The wind and kite surfing companies have no information about the total helicopter is, what its impact is on the wind, or it is not dangerous so close to the road."
The helicopter is used, an Airbus EC 120B Colibri "the company says. According to CHC, this' by far the quietest helicopter in its class. " The built-in tail rotor would ensure that much sound is produced. In the unit are five seats. The aim of CHC has been conducting scenic flights for tourists, transport to and from the airport and to the golf course of Tierra del Sol. "By using this silent helicopters and special trainings have kites, they are able to keep noise to a minimum.
The so-called 'downwash' of this helicopter is very small. Skydivers, paragliders and kite surfers will therefore suffer little from the air by helicopter. "Daily Herald wrote earlier that Aruban security in case of need also can make use of the helicopter.
"The helicopter in the Netherlands is ready to be packed," said Director of Business Development John Oster. "Probably we can start flying in early December." Then the phone is tested and the first months, it remains at a helicopter, then there will be a second and a little one for lessons. It is the intention that is also trained as a helicopter pilot in the helicopter center. "It is also useful for pilots who follow the training at the Dutch company, because the weather is unpredictable. This can make them more flight hours in six weeks than there. "When does the training comes, Oster can not say.