Wind turbines can’t come at expense of airports

July 8, 2010

While finding sources of green energy is a national focus, building wind turbine farms near airports creates an undue hazard. A mayor in Indiana recently protected his town’s airport from a request by a local farmer to close the airport so that he could build a wind turbine farm on his property.

Kentland Mayor David Smart stuck up for Kentland Municipal Airport, stating that the airport is necessary for the economic health of the town.

AOPA applauded the mayor’s efforts, recognizing that as the airport’s sponsor, his statements proved that the town takes its responsibilities to protect the airport seriously.

“AOPA encourages you and the town of Kentland to continue to take the necessary steps to protect the airport from encroachment and obstructions,” wrote AOPA Manager of Airport Policy John Collins to the town’s mayor. “We recognize that there is strong pressure to capitulate and allow wind turbine construction in areas that are incompatible with normal airport operations. AOPA stands ready to help the town in their efforts.”