Airprox. In May at Drumochter a Tornado flying at in excess of 450mph and at 440ft missed a helicopter photographing the bases for the towers(pylons) on the Beauly-Denny line by less than one hundred and fifty feet. Blame is attached to a dirty windscreen and pilot error. MOD Safeguarding tell us RAF pilots are trained to see and avoid. This is one of seven near misses with Tornados in the last four years. This guys are training to operate in hostile zones and the stress of countermeasures and weapons systems puts an incredible work load on them. To then pepper their skies with thousands of wind turbines at or above the heights that they are supposed to train at is just plain crazy. Already we have had a fatal accident between two tornados just by the Beatrice Wind Turbine. Whether it was anything to do with the accident is not known although Military objections to wind have increased markedly since. You make your mind up if that is related. Many new wind turbines are between 400 and 450 ft! Pilots are only human and can have bad days just like the rest of us. I know, I was one!
One extra element in the Highlands is that the Tain live fire range is one of the only ones in Europe and as such has many Nato nations using it. The Ring of Steel that is arising around Loch Ness and points north to Fairburn, Lochluichart, Corriemollie, Novar and Brora, all circling Tain is an accident looking to happen. BBC Report