Commanders of bases like Cherry Point air station and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base cannot approve or oppose any wind turbine project under orders from the U.S. Secretary of Defense. This bill requires that they be notified and would allow hearings on proposed wind turbine projects, which lie in the flight path or training areas for the military.
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An F-15E Strike Eagle drops through the sky on a low-level training mission and encounters - a wind turbine. With turbine blades reaching within 8 feet of F-15s on missions out of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the proposed Pantego Wind Energy project resulted in a serious risk.
Wind turbine blades can distort radar image for both pilots and ground control. That distortion can make it difficult for Marine training exercises as well as make it more dangerous to fly. "It clutters what is otherwise a crisp and clear radar display."
A controversial wind farm is raising concerns about impacts to our local military. ...even if every turbine were lit, "an aircraft flying at 500 feet could potentially strike a turbine blade, with the likely loss of two lives and a $31 million irreplaceable combat asset."
Military officials warned this week that building the proposed Pantego Wind project in eastern North Carolina would create an unavoidable collision hazard for fighter jets, a development that would force Seymour Johnson Air Force Base to deploy flight training to other states.
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, located in Goldsboro, N.C., has released its analysis on the impact of nearby wind energy projects to its low-altitude flight training programs. The result of that analysis was that turbines would create hazards to the training missions.
The rotating blades on the wind farm's turbines would extend 492 feet into the air, giving over-flying jets the thinnest margin of clearance. The turbines would be erected in an area where Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles swoop in at 500 feet as they approach the Dare County Bombing Range.