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Wind Farms Could Endanger Small Aircraft

Associated Press - January 18, 2014 11:40 am

A new study by researchers at the University of Kansas shows that air turbulence created by wind energy turbines could pose safety problems for small aircraft.

Tom Mulinazzi, a KU engineering professor, says wind turbines can set up a circular vortex that can roll a small plane if it gets in there. He says the turbines can also increase crosswind speeds above what pilots expect, which can also be dangerous.

The study was done for the Kansas Department of Transportation after the department began hearing more pilots complain they had experienced unusual turbulence as they flew near wind farms.

Kansas is one of the leading states for wind farm developments; there are 16 wind farms in Kansas, with proposals for 58 more.

Associated Press information from: The Kansas City Star

Musak Man

January 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm

OK…..Simple answer! Add the wind farms to the aviation maps. That way, the pilots know where they are and can FLY AROUND THEM……….lol. See, easy answer and I am not charging $750,000.00 on a 2 year study on the subject.

Russell Canter

January 20, 2014 at 10:36 pm

How about a survey that tracks bird deaths due to wind farm turbines. Oh, it’s been done… Pretty sure we haven’t lost any aircraft to the wind turbines, most pilots look at their maps and plan accordingly with their course and altitude.

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