OCAS Inc. is pleased to announce that the first North American wind farm with an OCAS solution is now in full operation at the Talbot Wind Energy Project near Chatham, Ontario. The 98.9-MW Talbot project consists of 43 Siemens turbines.
The OCAS solution utilizes patented radar technology mounted on select turbine towers to detect approaching aircraft and activates the turbine aviation strobe lights for a primary visual warning as required by Transport Canada. This keeps the lights off at all times unless an aircraft approaches the wind turbines. If the aircraft does not take measures to avoid the turbines, a secondary audio warning is delivered to the pilot’s VHF radio. By keeping the system off until an aircraft is detected, OCAS leaves skies free from light pollution, decreasing public annoyance, lowering the environmental impact of the wind project while increasing safety for the aviation community. The OCAS solution is the first and only Transport Canada tested and approved Aircraft Detection System (ADS). More here