July 8, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
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.”
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
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