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Travis AFB Midair Collision Avoidance Pamphlets 2007 to 2020

Travis_afb_maca_pamphlet_mar2011_thumb Travis Air Force Base Mid-Air Collision Avoidance pamphlets (MACA) for 2007, 2011, 2017, and 2020. In 2011, the MACA was amended to warn about the area over a wind turbine facility as being high-risk for mid-air collisions due to the impact of spinning turbine blades on radar. This warning did not appear in the 2007 MACA. At that time, the impact of the blades on digital radar systems was not well understood. Analog radars are not impacted by the turbines. The area continues to be a high risk for collision and pilots are required to fly with transponders turned on. The pamphlets can be downloaded by clicking the document links on this page. The single page shown below is taken from the 2011 pamphlet.
14 May 2020

Travis AFB Midair Collision Avoidance Pamphlets 2007 to 2020

Travis_afb_maca_pamphlet_mar2011_thumb Travis Air Force Base Mid-Air Collision Avoidance pamphlets (MACA) for 2007, 2011, 2017, and 2020. In 2011, the MACA was amended to warn about the area over a wind turbine facility as being high-risk for mid-air collisions due to the impact of spinning turbine blades on radar. This warning did not appear in the 2007 MACA. At that time, the impact of the blades on digital radar systems was not well understood. Analog radars are not impacted by the turbines. The area continues to be a high risk for collision and pilots are required to fly with transponders turned on. The pamphlets can be downloaded by clicking the document links on this page. The single page shown below is taken from the 2011 pamphlet.
14 May 2020

NOAA Letter regarding NEXRAD impacts

Noaa_response_to_sen_fischer_cottonwood_wf_signed___5jan15_thumb Kathryn D. Sullivan Ph.D., Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, sent this response to Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer after Senator Fischer contacted NOAA with concerns pertaining to NextEra's proposed Cottonwood wind energy facility which would site dozens of wind turbines within 2-7 miles of the NEXRAD weather radar in Blue Hill, Nebraska. Senator Fischer's constituents contacted her out of concern for their safety if the weather radar was impaired by the turbines. The letter sent by Dr. Sullivan is provided below and can be accessed by clicking the link on this page. Senator Fischer's letter is also available from this page.
5 Jan 2015

NOAA Letter regarding NEXRAD impacts

Noaa_response_to_sen_fischer_cottonwood_wf_signed___5jan15_thumb Kathryn D. Sullivan Ph.D., Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, sent this response to Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer after Senator Fischer contacted NOAA with concerns pertaining to NextEra's proposed Cottonwood wind energy facility which would site dozens of wind turbines within 2-7 miles of the NEXRAD weather radar in Blue Hill, Nebraska. Senator Fischer's constituents contacted her out of concern for their safety if the weather radar was impaired by the turbines. The letter sent by Dr. Sullivan is provided below and can be accessed by clicking the link on this page. Senator Fischer's letter is also available from this page.
5 Jan 2015

Report of unacceptable risk to national security from a proposed wind project near Naval Air Station Patuxent River and the Atlantic Test Range

Dod_-_objection_gbwec_-_dec_2014_-_9_pages_thumb The Deputy Secretary of Defense has filed an official objection to the Great Bay Wind Energy Center project proposed by Pioneer Green Energy to be located in Somerset County, Maryland, and in the vicinity of Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS Patuxent River) and the Atlantic Test Range (ATR). This notification follows a detailed study of methods to mitigate for impacts of spinning turbines on the naval base mission. The objections raised and conclusion of the DOD report are provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
8 Dec 2014

Report of unacceptable risk to national security from a proposed wind project near Naval Air Station Patuxent River and the Atlantic Test Range

Dod_-_objection_gbwec_-_dec_2014_-_9_pages_thumb The Deputy Secretary of Defense has filed an official objection to the Great Bay Wind Energy Center project proposed by Pioneer Green Energy to be located in Somerset County, Maryland, and in the vicinity of Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS Patuxent River) and the Atlantic Test Range (ATR). This notification follows a detailed study of methods to mitigate for impacts of spinning turbines on the naval base mission. The objections raised and conclusion of the DOD report are provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
8 Dec 2014

Department of Defense: No turbines near the Naval Air Station Patuxent River

Worklettertofoxx__greatbay_thumb This letter, signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work, concludes that the turbines proposed for Somerset County in Maryland would  "significantly impair or degrade the capability of the Department of Defense to conduct research, development, testing and evaluation, and operations, or to maintain military readiness." Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), praised the action by the Defense department and stated that the turbines posed "a significant threat to the mission and world-class stealth radar system at Patuxent River Naval Air Station." 
30 Oct 2014

Department of Defense: No turbines near the Naval Air Station Patuxent River

Worklettertofoxx__greatbay_thumb This letter, signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work, concludes that the turbines proposed for Somerset County in Maryland would  "significantly impair or degrade the capability of the Department of Defense to conduct research, development, testing and evaluation, and operations, or to maintain military readiness." Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), praised the action by the Defense department and stated that the turbines posed "a significant threat to the mission and world-class stealth radar system at Patuxent River Naval Air Station." 
30 Oct 2014

NH State Fire Marshal: 'Iberdrola-Groton Wind in violation of safety codes'

08-12-13nh-statefiremarshall-grotonwind_thumb The NH State Fire Marshal has recommended that Iberdrola's Groton Wind energy facility cease operation until fire safety concerns have been addressed. A letter as well as prefiled testimony submitted by the Fire Marshal's office asserting the facts in the case can be accessed by clicking the links on this page. The NH Site Evaluation Committee has initiated enforcement proceedings against Iberdrola for this an other complaints.
21 Mar 2014

Town of Barnstable, MA v. Federal Aviation Administration

Barnstable_v._faa_decision_oct_28_2011_thumb This case arises following the approval of a lease by the U.S. Department of Interior to Cape Wind Associates for construction of an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound. Under the lease, Cape Wind must obtain the Federal Aviation Administration’s (“FAA”) determination whether the turbines pose a hazard to air navigation and comply with any mitigation measures before beginning construction. In Town of Barnstable, Mass. v. FAA, 659 F.3d 28 (D.C. Cir. 2011) (“Barnstable I”), the court held that the “no hazard” determinations in 2010 for each of the wind turbines in a 25–square mile area of Nantucket Sound were “inadequately justified.” Id. at 31. Petitioners now challenge the no hazard determinations in 2012 as similarly deficient for failing to analyze the safety risks posed by the project and to perform an environmental review required by the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), 42 U.S.C. § 4332. The court denies the petitions for review regarding the 2012 FAA determinations due to changes in radar technology and new FAA studies and analysis.
22 Jan 2014

Judicial review of the Aviation Hazard Determinations for Cape Wind: Why the FAA got it wrong

Judicial_review_of_the_aviation_hazard_determinations_for_cape_wi_thumb This paper examines the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Town of Barnstable v. FAA which stalled development of a major offshore wind farm project. This paper argues that the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia was  justified in finding the FAA’s first determination to be arbitrary and capricious, and that based upon the initial ruling, the FAA did not correct the fatal flaw in its second determination. The introduction of the paper is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
1 Jan 2014

Wind Turbine Impacts on Military Low-Altitude Training Seymour Johnson AFB, NC

Afd-120911-075_thumb Wind energy development in North Carolina and adjoining states can adversely impact Seymour Johnson AFB aircraft utilize low-altitude training airspace. This report, prepared by the 4th Fighter Wing based at Seymour Johnson AFB, assesses the impact of wind projects sited within or near military low-altitude training airspace. The conclusions of the report are provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
10 Sep 2012

Wind Turbine Impacts on Military Low-Altitude Training Seymour Johnson AFB, NC

Afd-120911-075_thumb Wind energy development in North Carolina and adjoining states can adversely impact Seymour Johnson AFB aircraft utilize low-altitude training airspace. This report, prepared by the 4th Fighter Wing based at Seymour Johnson AFB, assesses the impact of wind projects sited within or near military low-altitude training airspace. The conclusions of the report are provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
10 Sep 2012

Cape Wind decision on FAA hazard determinations

Capewind__decision_10_28_11_thumb On October 28, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals found the FAA failed to supply any apparent analysis of the record evidence concerning the wind farm’s potentially adverse effects on flight operations. The court vacated all 130 determinations of no hazard issued by the FAA. An excerpt of the court's ruling is provided below. The full order can be accessed by selecting the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
28 Oct 2011

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