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Opposition to proposed wind farm

The concern is that the turbines would be too close to the landing approach for Roanoke's longest runway. ..."It is a very big safety issue. We are vehemently opposed to it. we don't see any way around it. In our judgment, the turbines have to go somewhere else. They cannot go there."

Roanoke Co., VA - A proposed wind farm in Roanoke County has drawn its first major opposition since it was officially proposed in March.

The proposal being researched by Chicago-based "Invenergy" would see up to 18 turbines, more than 440-feet tall, put on 2,000 acres on Poor Mountain.

The goal is to produce enough electricity for 8,000 homes.

ABC-13 sat down with the president of one of the state's largest pilots clubs, who says the turbines would compromise safety.

The concern is that the turbines would be too close to the landing approach for Roanoke's longest runway.

While they would not be in the approach, the IFR Pilots Club president says they would be too close for comfort in an area where there is little room for error.

President Matt Broughton is also concerned that the addition of nearly 350 feet of new height to one of the highest mountains in the area would force the FAA to increase landing requirements that are already some of the most difficult in the region.

The belief is that could cause safety issues, which among other things, would deter businesses from using the airport as much.

Matthew Broughton/IFR Pilots Club - "It is a very big safety issue. We are vehemently opposed to... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Roanoke Co., VA - A proposed wind farm in Roanoke County has drawn its first major opposition since it was officially proposed in March.

The proposal being researched by Chicago-based "Invenergy" would see up to 18 turbines, more than 440-feet tall, put on 2,000 acres on Poor Mountain.

The goal is to produce enough electricity for 8,000 homes.

ABC-13 sat down with the president of one of the state's largest pilots clubs, who says the turbines would compromise safety.

The concern is that the turbines would be too close to the landing approach for Roanoke's longest runway.

While they would not be in the approach, the IFR Pilots Club president says they would be too close for comfort in an area where there is little room for error.

President Matt Broughton is also concerned that the addition of nearly 350 feet of new height to one of the highest mountains in the area would force the FAA to increase landing requirements that are already some of the most difficult in the region.

The belief is that could cause safety issues, which among other things, would deter businesses from using the airport as much.

Matthew Broughton/IFR Pilots Club - "It is a very big safety issue. We are vehemently opposed to it. we don't see any way around it. In our judgment, the turbines have to go somewhere else. They cannot go there."

To get a more simple idea of how this one concern works, the higher the altitude a pilot has to come in during landing, the sharper the degree that pilot has to dive to drop into the valley.

Broughton says the more that angle increases, just by the nature of the beast, the more safety concerns come into play.


Source: http://www.wset.com/news/st...

JUL 13 2010
http://www.windaction.org/posts/27211-opposition-to-proposed-wind-farm
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