Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Helicopter tours to start again

HELICOPTER tours of Mapledurham which sparked noise complaints last year are about to start again.

HELICOPTER tours of Mapledurham which sparked noise complaints last year are about to start again.

The pleasure flights, run by operator Adventure 001, will be launched at the Mapledurham Estate on March 23.

A Bell Jet Ranger helicopter carrying up to five passengers will take off every six minutes between 10am and 5pm. It will fly in a circular route over the estate for five minutes at a time, with a 60-second break to change passengers. The flights will be held on one Saturday per month until November.

When they were introduced last year, the tours also flew over Goring and Whitchurch and went on all weekend. The estate changed the route and limited them to one Saturday a month after residents organised a petition.

But Mapledurham householders say they must still endure the noise from 10 take-offs and 10 landings per hour. Parish council chairman Tim Whitaker, who lives under the flight path, said: “It’s horrendous — we just want a bit of peace and quiet.”

Adventure 001, which is based in Beaconsfield, gives a share of the proceeds from the flights to the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust.

The estate has said that all flights are legal and keep to the rules of air navigation.

Adventure 001, which is based in Beaconsfield, gives a share of the proceeds from the flights to the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust.

The estate has said that all flights are legal and keep to the rules of air navigation.

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