Aviation & Air Base

6/15/2018
Governor Signs New Bill Protecting Training Routes in Oklahoma
Association of Defense Communities
Dan Cohen
“We are one of the first states to have effective airspace protection legislation, to make sure we don’t negatively impact military airspaces, approaches and drop zones,” Cooper said. “I can’t tell you how appreciative they are, because they need this done in a lot of places where they fly and train, and they’ll be holding up Oklahoma as the model for how to get that done.”

9/11/2017
New Wind Farms Cause Friction In The Sky Over Military Flight Routes
NPR.org
Joe Wertz
Top brass at Altus and Vance Air Force Base near Enid, where pilots are trained to fly smaller planes, are sounding the alarm with local officials and state lawmakers. Business leaders are also complaining. They want to keep the airspace open to attract aerospace companies and entrepreneurs who need a place to test drones.
Yet another concern is safety. While no accidents involving military pilots and wind turbines have been reported here, the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission is worried about the potential hazard as wind farms expand.
“Several members of the military have echoed concerns of what would happen if an aircraft lost an engine, or had a bird strike, and they had to eject over or near a wind farm,” says Grayson Ardies, who manages the commission’s Airport Development Division.

6/21/17
Billboard campaign calls on Gov. Cuomo to protect Falls air base

5/24/17
Save Ontario Shores calls on Gov. Cuomo to study possible air base encroachment

The president of Save Ontario Shores (SOS) has written to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, asking that New York’s Article 10 Siting Board thoroughly investigates all potential impacts and encroachments as many as 70 proposed industrial wind turbines could have on future missions at Niagara Falls Reserve Air Station (NFARS).

5/17/17
Letter to Governor Cuomo regarding Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
Recently, a representative of Niagara County and Save Ontario Shores (SOS) traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with our Congressional representatives to discuss issues related to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS), and the potential for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process being initiated by Congress sometime in the near future…For some time, SOS and Niagara County have been concerned that the proposal by Apex to construct up to 70 industrial wind turbines, that could tower above 620 feet, in close proximity to NFARS, could be seen as an “encroachment” on flight and/or radar operations.

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