A potentially-dangerous situation at the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport is being corrected, according to airport manager Marion Smith.
Smith told The Daily News Wednesday she has been able to issue a ”notice to airmen” that the red flashing lights on top of an unspecified number of wind turbines around the airport are not working.
Smith agreed that without lighting at night it created a dangerous situation for unsuspecting pilots. The Daily News was advised of the situation Tuesday by two pilots who asked to remain anonymous.
Smith said she has been assured by the company that owns the turbines that the lights will be working within the next few days.
She said the company wasn’t even aware that the lights were not working.
“The problem has been resolved, or at least it will be shortly,” she said.
A Transport Canada inspector declined comment and referred inquiries to the department’s media department when asked about the lights.
“The lights are on the turbines but they are not working,” said Smith. “The turbine company tells us the problem will be corrected within the next few days.”
Smith said her notice to airmen is in effect for a week but can be extended if necessary.
The airport manager said she didn’t know how many turbines are without working red flashing lights.
She said the Chatham-Kent airport is unique in Canada in that it is the only facility surrounded by wind turbines with more to come in 2013.
“It makes us Canada’s only wind turbine airport,” she said.
“We are certainly unique and it’s a new situation for even Transport Canada.”
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