AOPA opposes wind turbines on Kodiak Island
AOPA is fighting plans to put wind turbines under the traffic pattern at Old Harbor Airport on Alaska’s remote Kodiak Island. In comments filed Feb. 1 with the FAA, AOPA warns that the turbines would pose a serious collision hazard during periods of low visibility. As planned, the turbines would stretch to 295 feet msl and be located only one-quarter mile from the gravel strip. In its letter, AOPA recommends that the turbines be relocated away from the airport and asks the FAA to issue a finding identifying them as a hazard to aerial navigation. Access to the airport is critical to residents of the isolated Old Harbor community, which can only be reached by air or boat.
February 8, 2008