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Pilots say proposed wind farm presents aviation hazard

In a news release Monday morning, Matthew Broughton --president of the IFR Pilot's Club -- said the proposed windmills "present a potentially deadly hazard for pilots and passengers trying to land in the Roanoke Valley." The Poor Mountain approach corridor leads to runway 6 – the longest runway at Roanoke Regional Airport, the one he said is favored by air traffic controllers and pilots during poor weather.

A pilots' club in Western Virginia expressed opposition today to a wind farm proposed for Poor Mountain that would place 15 to 18 windmills, each about 440 feet high, on a ridge near the community of Bent Mountain.

Chicago-based Invenergy hopes to install the windmills and then generate and sell electricity to a utility customer.

The IFR Pilots’ Club said the towering structures could create hazards and delays for aircraft, commercial or private, trying to land during bad weather.

Matthew Broughton, president of the pilots’ organization, said the Poor Mountain approach corridor leads to runway 6 – the longest runway at Roanoke Regional Airport and the one he said is favored by air traffic controllers and pilots during poor weather.

Poor Mountain already hosts some telecommunications towers. By one estimate, the windmills would be about twice as tall as the highest existing tower.

The Chicago-based Invenergy company proposes to place 15 to 18 windmills standing some 440 feet high on the Poor Mountain ridgeline near the Bent Mountain community.

Ed Elswick, the Roanoke County supervisor who represents the area, said last month that he and county staff are still studying the proposal.

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A pilots' club in Western Virginia expressed opposition today to a wind farm proposed for Poor Mountain that would place 15 to 18 windmills, each about 440 feet high, on a ridge near the community of Bent Mountain.

Chicago-based Invenergy hopes to install the windmills and then generate and sell electricity to a utility customer.

The IFR Pilots’ Club said the towering structures could create hazards and delays for aircraft, commercial or private, trying to land during bad weather.

Matthew Broughton, president of the pilots’ organization, said the Poor Mountain approach corridor leads to runway 6 – the longest runway at Roanoke Regional Airport and the one he said is favored by air traffic controllers and pilots during poor weather.

Poor Mountain already hosts some telecommunications towers. By one estimate, the windmills would be about twice as tall as the highest existing tower.

The Chicago-based Invenergy company proposes to place 15 to 18 windmills standing some 440 feet high on the Poor Mountain ridgeline near the Bent Mountain community.
 
Ed Elswick, the Roanoke County supervisor who represents the area, said last month that he and county staff are still studying the proposal.

The $80 million to $100 million project wouldn't be completed before late 2012.

Last month the Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition board of directors, a nonprofit organization that promotes energy conservation and the reduction of carbon emissions, unanimously endorsed the windmill farm.


Source: http://www.roanoke.com/news...

JUL 12 2010
http://www.windaction.org/posts/27183-pilots-say-proposed-wind-farm-presents-aviation-hazard
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