[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Air controllers fight turbines  

Air traffic controllers oppose a wind farm scheme – as they claim huge turbines look like planes on their radar screens.

The National Air Traffic Service says the blades of the 85 400ft towers would cause flight chaos because they reflect signals.

Officials at Prestwick Airport have backed the objection against engineering giant AMEC’s bid to site a wind farm at Dalmellington, East Ayrshire. Penny Guy, a spokesman for NATS, said: “If a radar mistakenly presents a turbine as a plane on the display a controller has little choice but to believe it.

By Mark Smith

Source: Daily Mirror (UK)

“Even if a controller can assume the signal has come from a wind turbine, numerous false signals have the potential to visually interfere with other information on display.”

Mark Rodwell, chief executive of Prestwick Airport said: “While we are not against wind farm developments there is a strong case why this should not proceed.”

AMEC’s original plans to build 100 turbines at the site were refused by East Ayrshire Council in 2001.

A revised plan for 85 turbines was rejected last month but the firm lodged an appeal with the Scottish Executive. A public inquiry was due to be heard this month but NATS has asked for more time to present its objections.

The inquiry has now been rescheduled for February 20.

David Hodkinson, managing director of AMEC’s wind energy business, said the wind farm would be a boost to the Ayrshire economy.

He added: “We understand the concerns and are continuing to work constructively with them to seek an acceptable solution.”

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.