Wind farms creating ‘dead zones’ for military radar, report warns

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The construction of large wind farms could drive up the cost of air travel and cause delays in launching fighter aircraft on missions to protect Canada, Canadian Air Force officers are warning in a newly released report.

There are a number of proposals underway to build wind farms, including three near a military airbase in Bagotville, Que., five in Nova Scotia, two in Ontario and one in Saskatchewan, the report prepared in November 2012 for then-defence minister Peter MacKay pointed out.

Wind farms are sprouting up around the world, but aviation specialists are raising concerns that the giant turbines are creating blackout zones for air-traffic control radar. The spinning blades of the turbines are being detected by the radar, presenting false images or generating so much clutter on radar screens that controllers are losing track of airplanes as they fly near the wind farm sites.

The wind turbines can also interfere with weather radar, U.S. researchers have warned. The rotating blades can show up on radar as incoming weather, such as an area of precipitation.

“An entire farm will create areas where we cannot reliably observe or control military/civilian air traffic,” the briefing for MacKay, obtained through the Access to Information law, pointed out. “NORAD quick reaction aircraft would need to be rerouted or launch delayed if aircraft were known to be still flying through the dead zone.” Read article

10 thoughts on “Wind farms creating ‘dead zones’ for military radar, report warns

  1. This is ridiculous. The stupid turbines are useless anyway. When are people going to wake up and see the truth about this fiasco. This is a pyramid scheme.on a grand scale.

  2. “Wind farms are sprouting up around the world, but aviation specialists are raising concerns that the giant turbines are creating blackout zones for air-traffic control radar.

    The spinning blades of the turbines are being detected by the radar, presenting false images or generating so much clutter on radar screens that controllers are losing track of airplanes as they fly near the wind farm sites.”

    Hope this doesn’t happen to an airplane that you might be travelling on….Maybe a Drone will crash into a commercial aircraft ???

    • Yeah, but then it’d just be covered up. Pilot error…mechanical failure…”IT WAS NOT THE WIND TURBINES!!!”

  3. Money talks louder in Ottawa than safety does. Could be international pressure being applied in this radar IWTs issue as well. Canada is part of NORAD. And this radar issue has been known for a long time in the U.S.
    Coal fired power plants can’t be closed in the U.S. without replacement power coming from someplace else. No plans to replace many of these coal fired plants.
    Now Canada to be the source of U.S. electric power.

    • “Canada’s export opportunities are tremendous…”
      – CanWEA Windvision report, pg 12

      Ontario people being made ill, driven off their lands, paying through the nose for something we don’t need, destroying our lands, wealth, etc….

      For what? So that we can pay the US to take it off our hands.
      Kinda makes the Enron scandal look like a game of Tiddlywinks, eh?

  4. In the near future the U.S. won’t need Canadian oil but electric power can be sold to the U.S. to cover their needs when their coal fired plants go down.

  5. Hmmmmm….

    Military officers say a proposed wind farm near North Gower isn’t an issue for the Royal Canadian Air Force. But a 175-turbine wind farm to be located in an area south of the Bagotville airport is a problem. The RCAF, which originally objected to the farm, is now trying to work with the developers to find ways around the issues.

    Use the hulks as target practice? That would be working with the IWT’s in an acceptable manner — at least to us

    Oh happy day!.

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  7. “RCAF spokesman Maj. Steve Neta said DND is supportive of the development of commercial wind farms and other sources of renewable energy that do not adversely impact military readiness or training”.

    Maj. Steve Neta, sounding like a DND NIMBY who is supportive of wind farms anywhere but here, just told everyone else who has been impacted by IWTs to go screw themselves.

    Stand down Major, you’re coming across as a arrogant, uneducated dork.

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