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Pilots say proposed wind farm in Roanoke County is an aviation hazard

Group is sharing concerns with the Federal Aviation Administration

July 12, 2010|Joe Dashiell | Reporter

ROANOKE, Va — Pilots in western Virginia are raising concerns about a proposed wind farm on Poor Mountain in Roanoke County.  In a news release Monday morning, the president of the IFR Pilot’s Club said the proposed windmills “present a potentially deadly hazard for pilots and passengers trying to land in the Roanoke Valley.”

The group said the proposed wind farm would affect the primary approach to the Roanoke airport.  Members believe the project would prompt the Federal Aviation Administration to raise the minimum altitude for all aircraft preparing to land in Roanoke.   The group says that could bring more delays and affect safety, particularly during bad weather.

Invenergy Wind Development says it wants to build 15 to 18 wind turbines on Poor Mountain.  One of the first hurdles the company must clear is an evaluation by the FAA to determine if the project represents a hazard to air navigation.

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