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

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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 not pleased about the wind turbines he’s now sharing the skies with. “The ones we’ve got coming to our backyards here are 400 feet at present, but the new generation are 500 feet. In Europe they’re over 700 feet and it’s just a matter of time before there’s a conflict.” Read article

10 thoughts on “Ontario pilots worried about wind turbines after U.S. crash

  1. I think we should locate all the wind turbines on provincial maps and then issue a map to each pilot so they can look for them while they fly.

    Now there’s a solution that should fly with this government.

  2. First they need to make a map…. that is public…. (Wayne’s maps wouldn’t be so handy anymore)
    But like the saying goes: “A picture is worth a thousand words” and it sure ain’t a nice one. NOTAM; Official Version without those confusing numbers.

  3. ‘[excerpt] But the company disagrees, Jody Law of Pattern Energy says, “At Armow, we have worked closely with the federal regulatory agencies to ensure that the project will be in complete compliance with all safety regulations and standards.”

    In fact, the Armow Wind farm has been approved by all provincial and federal bodies.

    But it’s not just the size or the fact they are spinning that concerns pilots. Sheperd explains it’s an invisible force unique to turbines that can cause problems flying past.

    “As the blades turn there are vortices that come off them and rotate downwind…so we’re climbing up through that invisible hazard and we shouldn’t have to do that.”

    Eight turbines near the Chatham airport were ordered removed by Transport Canada last June for safety issues, but remain standing.’

    • Science Lessons!

      ‘[excerpt] “As the blades turn there are vortices that come off them and rotate downwind…so we’re climbing up through that invisible hazard and we shouldn’t have to do that.” ‘

      • Does Kathleen Wynne measure “a vortice” using dba?

      • She measures a vortex in terms of Liberal Flatulence Units. (the LFU)

        One strong Vortex = 1 Milli unit of Liberal Flatulence ( or 1 mLFU)

        Just sayin’.

  4. Flying low……………

    ‘[excerpt] Fears have re-ignited in southwestern Ontario after a fatal plane crash involving a wind turbine in South Dakota that left four people dead.’

    11km out – 3 minutes to landing!

    • Meanwhile, the 8 turbines surrounding Chatham Airport, which were ordered to be removed months ago, keep on turning . . .

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