The Wind Farms destroy jobs, not create them


As a Pilot myself and with a son who is a flying instructor and commercial pilot I am aware as most on the dangers of building wind farms near airfields, especially those in General Aviation. In my past I was an airport fireman and have attended accidents off the airfield. Private aviation helps create the commercial pilots of tomorrow but by it’s nature has a number of inexperienced and in training pilots. This in turn can create problems which are well understood and mitigated against. Dodging a damn great wind farm when things have gone pear shaped is another matter entirely. There are some places that wind turbines are a real danger and one of them is close to airfields, another on low level helicopter transit routes. Both have had their share of applications over the last few years and the CAA has been mealy mouthed in dealing with them. They set up a Safeguarding Unit of pro wind civil servants tasked with finding mitigation for the developers. The CAA is treated as a private company and is required to generate profits. Much to their annoyance General Aviation does not contribute as much as they and the other users, the airlines, would wish and so has become the poor relation. Therefore the strong protection the users might have a right to expect is lacking as there isn’t a profit in it for the CAA!

There is an exceptionally interesting report here that should be addressed to all councils considering wind farms near GA airfields


About Dougal Quixote

Slightly mad. Always believes a cup is half full so continues to tilt at Wind Turbines and the politicians that seem to believe it is their god given right to ruin Scotland for a pot of fool's gold.
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2 Responses to The Wind Farms destroy jobs, not create them

  1. Dave Ward says:

    “Previous research into turbulence generated by wind farms had shown that airplanes could briefly disappear on radar when flying near a turbine”

    Or more likely could PERMANENTLY disappear! As a former flexwing microlight pilot, I have an even greater grasp of the effects of turbulence. I once made the mistake of following another flexwing too closely while approaching to land. After being suddenly and violently rolled 30 degrees one way, and then the other, I am fortunate to be writing this at all!

    It did me a favour by making me far more aware of the effects of wake vortices – particularly useful as I did most of my flying from a farm strip under the approach to a regional airport. Proposals like the one at Popham will, if built, effectively close the airfield. But that’s what the “Green Blob” want, isn’t it?

  2. Not so long ago they did their best to outlaw avgas. Long sorry tale there well pressed by the Groons! To a point they won as the price has virtually killed twin engined aircraft in the private sector and the jobs that went with maintaining them.

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