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