July 8, 2010
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.”
Advocacy and Legislation,
AOPA is looking to the Michigan Senate for “refinement” of proposals amended unfavorably in last-minute House action.
The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry fewer than five passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
The Civil Aviation Medical Association is objecting to the FAA's proposed sleep apnea policy, warning that the evidence doesn't justify the approach.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.