July 14, 2011
By Dan Namowitz
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AOPA is asking members to comment on the possible impact of a proposed wind farm installation near two Carson City, Nev., airports.
The FAA will evaluate the potential hazard to air traffic of a proposal to construct a 225-foot-agl wind turbine 0.35 nautical miles northeast of Parker Carson Airport and 2.59 nautical miles east of Carson Airport.
AOPA is reviewing the proposal’s possible impact on general aviation flight operations and requests that members forward their comments to the association by July 20.
Obstructions have the potential to impact both instrument and visual flight procedures. The FAA’s obstruction evaluation process determines the impact of proposals, and can mitigate potential hazards by requesting that the proponent light or mark the tower, relocate it, or reduce its height, as explained in the AOPA subject report Tall Towers: The FAA’s Obstruction Evaluation Process.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
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