Texan Senate to Curb Wind Farms Threatening America’s Naval Aviators

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Back in October last year, we looked at a report on how the RAF’s best of the best have been involved in dozens of near misses with these things in the UK, unnecessarily risking their lives every time they hit the skies:

RAF’s Top Guns Call Wind Farms a ‘Disaster in the Making’ for Flyers

The predictably glib and callous response from the wind industry and its parasites is that the risk of life and limb to flyers is just another one of those pesky “concerns” to be glossed over with a PowerPoint presentation, some soothing words and promises to fully “consult” stakeholders. Provided the consultation of “stakeholders” includes air crash investigators, paramedics and mortuary owners, then the wind industry will have truly covered the field.

You see, the risks to flyers are not merely “concerns”, they’ve become deadly reality. In the post above were referred to a pilot and his three passengers killed in a light plane in South Dakota, as it struck a turbine blade in foggy conditions; and we also referred to a highly experienced Ag pilot who was killed when his plane slammed into a wind farm MET tower.

Following on from the fears of the RAF’s Fighter Pilots, America’s Naval Aviators are pressing the Texan Senate to impose a “moratorium on constructing wind farms within 25 miles of their bases” due to the deadly threat these things pose to flyers, be it light aircraft pilots, or the cocksure Top Guns who graduate from Miramar.

Wind farms fall under scrutiny at state Senate committee meeting
Matt Woolbright
Caller Times
14 April 2016

There may be a memorandum of agreement between Apex Clean Energy and local Navy officials for a wind farm in the Chapman Ranch area, but that doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing for the hotly debated project.

The local issue took center stage at a Texas Senate committee meeting Thursday in City Hall as state and military leaders discussed how best to position bases in the state to avoid cutbacks or closures during rounds of Base Realignment and Closure evaluations. Commonly called BRAC, the evaluations look at Department of Defense base operations searching for potential fiscal savings.

An official with Apex emphasized the company was seeking to cooperate with Navy officials to minimize the effects the project would have on flight training in the area — a claim Navy officials supported — but the emergence of other projects proposed in the area has Navy officials hesitant.

“I do feel like one day we’re going to wake up surrounded by wind farms in South Texas significantly impacting the mission in a negative way,” Capt. Christopher Misner, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Kingsville, told the Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations.

Misner said concern is not based on individual projects like the Apex development, but that the effects of hundreds of wind turbines in the vicinity of the base are not known. The Navy is developing a software to model those effects, but that’s not expected to be ready until the fall at the earliest, officials said Thursday.

“We’ve got to develop that modeling and we’re not there yet,” Misner said. “That’s why there’s so many different stances on wind farms.”

The large turbines can make tracking planes difficult or impossible, because the arms can spin at speeds faster than some aircraft fly — a fact that makes maintaining mission safety impossible, according to a presentation the committee heard from Wichita Falls’ Sheppard Air Force Base.

Kingsville Mayor Sam Fugate emphasized the state will need to intervene in some cases to ensure bases’ mission capabilities are not compromised.

“Our (extraterritorial jurisdiction) only goes out 2 miles. We’ve done everything we can do,” he said. “What we really need is a moratorium on constructing wind farms within 25 miles of our base until they can come up with technology to remedy the problem.”

Thursday’s meeting was focused on fact-gathering, but Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels and the committee’s chair, indicated she’d consider intervening if a development threatened student pilots’ training.

“We’re actually making our military installations more vulnerable to closing when our military bases are situated surrounded by wind turbines,” Campbell said. “We don’t want that.”

“If we don’t have enough pilots, then anything that affects pilot training … is a threat to our defense,” she added.
Caller Times

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Playing ‘dodge’ with a few MIG 28s is a breeze, but
tackling these things is a whole different ball game.

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Comments

  1. As we know rural residents unfortunate enough to have wind turbines arrive on neighbouring properties commonly find themselves suffering a range of serious health problems because of those turbines. The callous indifference of state and federal governments to their suffering is quite mind blowing, with the rationalisation going along these lines – oh that’s unfortunate, but we all have to do our bit to “save the planet”. So these rural residents have become part of a group considered to be expendable “road kill”.
    It’s becoming obvious that if you’re a rural aviator, be it agricultural, military or even general aviation, you too have been press-ganged into this “road kill” class.

    • E Griffiths says:

      By dismissing and/or disregarding the serious plight of all people who are adversely affected by wind turbines all parties who facilitate the continued proliferation of industrial wind turbines – wind farm developers, the politicians who continue to pursue these inappropriate developments and the planners who routinely pass the planning applications – are all complicit in inflicting torture on the unwilling neighbours of industrial wind farms.

      The end result is that convicted and suspect terrorists have more human rights than law abiding citizens living peacefully in their own homes.

      I find this state of affairs is totally reprehensible and unacceptable.

    • That would be “Gang Green Road Kill “

  2. In one of the most beautiful tourist regions in Ontario, Canada, the community is battling to protect pilots and passengers as well. Take a look at how long and hard MPP Wilson and others have been working to prevent the construction of turbines near their airport.

    This government is absolutely irresponsible.

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