Category Archives: Aviation Safety

Airport Turbine Appeal

Mike James, Blackburn News The appeal by a wind turbine company trying to avoid demolition of its turbines near the Chatham airport will start soon. Officials with GDF Suez say they filed their submission last month. The Transport Canada deadline … Continue reading

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Flying Low, Dodging Wind Towers

NY Times, Brent McDonald and KC McGinnis Crop-duster pilots working around wind farms are encountering a new and proliferating hazard camouflaged among the fields, one that has already led to several deaths. also… Pictures from crop dusting in the Adelaide … Continue reading

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Two week “Power Outage” at NextEra’s Adelaide & Bornish Wind Projects

There’s a two week ‘planned power outage’ at NextEra’s Bornish and Adelaide Wind projects. Flashing red navigation lights won’t be working during that time, so you might want to keep your planes grounded… Word has it that the splicing in … Continue reading

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Oxford wind turbines could interfere with airport radar systems in London and Hamilton

London Free Press, John Miner After warning a wind farm developer that its turbines would interfere with airport radar systems in London and Hamilton and reduce flight safety, NAV Canada says it’s no big deal. In a letter dated Aug. 14 … Continue reading

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Airports and wind turbines a Liberal hot potato

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Pilot Reacts To Turbine Controversy

Trevor Thompson, Blackburn News The turbines near the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport pose a risk to air traffic. That’s the opinion of one of the B-17 pilots that flew into the airport Wednesday. Grant Schwartz landed and took off more than a … Continue reading

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Wind turbines generate trouble for two Ontario airports

Christina Blizzard, Toronto Sun Darwin understood these things so well. Survival of the fittest. Or, more succinctly, people who do dangerous things often don’t survive their own stupidity. Sadly, when it comes to building wind turbines near airports, the consequences of a … Continue reading

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GDF to fight turbine removal

ReNews GDF Suez Canada intends to appeal a federal order to remove or lower eight turbines at the 99MW Erieau wind farm in Ontario. Transport Canada said the turbines, which have a 125-meter tip height, exceed a 45-meter height limit … Continue reading

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Transport Canada orders wind turbines gone by Dec. 31, 2014

John Norton, Chatham-Kent’s chief legal officer, met as recently as two months ago with Transport Canada officials and proposed that the eight turbines be recognized as “exceptions.” The proposal was based on an aeronautical expert’s advice. “It’s a simple solution,” … Continue reading

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Ill wind blows for turbines if Tories win: Wilson

By Morgan Ian Adams, Enterprise-Bulletin CLEARVIEW Twp. —The Progressive Conservative candidate for Simcoe-Grey says he’d put a stop to a company’s plans to erect wind turbines near the local airport should his party form the next government. In a campaign … Continue reading

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Ontario pilots worried about wind turbines after U.S. crash

CTV News Fears have re-ignited in southwestern Ontario after a fatal plane crash involving a wind turbine in South Dakota that left four people dead. Garry Sheperd has been flying for over 30 years. He’s a seasoned pilot, and he’s … Continue reading

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4 Dead as Plane Crashes at South Dakota NextEra Wind Project

ABC News A small airplane heading back to South Dakota after a Texas cattle sale crashed into a wind farm in foggy weather, killing the pilot and three passengers. Elizabeth Cory, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the … Continue reading

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Wind Turbines Close Flight Operations at Historical Dunnville Airport

Sadly, historical Dunnville Airport in Haldimand County is being taken over by 6 industrial wind turbines. The photo above is of the 1st wind turbine of Samsung’s 67-turbine wind project being constructed in Haldimand. This first wind turbine stands at … Continue reading

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Turbine concerns near C-K airport

Blackburn News, Trevor Thompson Despite months of inaction regarding eight turbines near the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport, Chatham-Kent-Essex M-P-P Rick Nicholls says he’s confident a resolution is coming. Nicholls admits there’s one scenario he’s worried about. “What I do not want to … Continue reading

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Skydivers fear collision with wind turbines

Toronto Sun, Rebecca Thompson A popular Canadian skydiving company, which sees up to 10,000 skydivers a year, is trying to reverse a plan to install two wind turbines near its site for fear it will put the lives of parachutists … Continue reading

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MPP Wilson outraged with approval for wind turbines at Collingwood Airport

The Times Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson is reeling after getting news that the Ministry of the Environment has accepted wpd Canada’s application as “complete” to build eight 500 foot industrial wind turbines on the flight path of the Collingwood Regional … Continue reading

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

Ottawa Citizen 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 … Continue reading

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C-K Airport-Wind Turbine Report by… Genivar

Chatham Kent Airport Study Report December 4 2012 by… Genivar.

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Voluntary compliance requested

By Bob Boughner, Chatham Daily News It appears Transport Canada hasn’t issued an official order to GDF SUEZ Canada to remove eight turbines south of the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport. The company recently contacted The Chatham Daily News to state it … Continue reading

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Company says it never received order

Bob Boughner, Chatham Daily News Transport Canada is being asked to clarify why it hasn’t taken action against a wind turbine company advised in June to remove eight turbines near the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport. Chatham-Kent Essex MPP Rick Nicholls said … Continue reading

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Remove eight turbines immediately: Nicholls

By Bob Boughner, Chatham Daily News The turbine company that owns eight turbines south of Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport should do the right thing and remove them immediately, says Rick Nicholls. The MPP for Chatham-Kent Essex said Wednesday the cost for … Continue reading

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No decision on date to remove turbines

London Free Press Transport Canada officials will work with a wind turbine company to set a practical deadline for the removal of eight turbines south of the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport. Brooke Williams, a spokesperson for Transport Canada, told The Daily … Continue reading

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Any turbine investigation must include province

Peter Epp, Chatham Daily News The municipality is conducting an internal investigation into the siting of eight wind turbines near the Chatham-Kent airport, but an investigation independent of the municipality needs to be conducted, because Chatham-Kent’s involvement in wind energy … Continue reading

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Flights of fancy?

Peter Epp, Chatham Daily News Dalton McGuinty has been a private citizen for only three days, and already his prized Green Energy Policy is facing perhaps its biggest challenge . . .  ironically, where the policy’s impact was first felt … Continue reading

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Watch CTV: Transport Canada orders removal of eight wind turbines in Chatham-Kent

Windsor CTV News Transport Canada has ordered the removal of a number of wind turbines in Chatham-Kent. They’re a hazard to aviation, as pilots fly in and out of the airport. The machines may also violate federal zoning regulations. “If … Continue reading

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Pilots sounded alarm about turbines

London Free Press A long-time Chatham pilot says everyone involved was made aware of concerns about erecting wind turbines around the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport. Jeff Pyefinch, who has been a pilot since 1984, said local pilots voiced their opposition to … Continue reading

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Transport Canada: “The illegal turbines must be removed”

Simcoe Reformer In an unprecedented move in Ontario, Transport Canada has ordered the removal of eight wind turbines in close proximity to the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport because of height restrictions. However, the company that owns the turbines Transport Canada wants … Continue reading

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Transport Canada orders REMOVAL of eight C-K wind turbines

London Free Press In an unprecedented move in Ontario, Transport Canada has ordered the removal of eight wind turbines in close proximity to the Chatham Municipal Airport. Chatham-Kent Essex MP Dave Van Kesteren confirmed the action Friday morning. Chatham-Kent Mayor … Continue reading

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Dunnville airport set to close May 30

By Lori Maracle, The Saachem An opportunity to take a flight in a 1940s Fort Erie built Fleet Finch 16 aircraft does not come around every day, and it might never come around again. Russ Cameron is the owner of … Continue reading

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Council not sold on Armow Wind mitigation measures for airport

The Kincardine Independent The atmosphere inside Kincardine council chambers was ripe with tension last Wednesday as a Pattern Renewable Holdings developer took the floor to review a plan aimed to avoid impacts to Kincardine’s airport from the Armow Wind Project. … Continue reading

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