Friday, March 25, 2011

FAA Decision Re: Poor Mountain Proposal

4 down, 14 to go! oops, it's bigger than we think!

The vast majority of private and commercial pilots, flight instructors, and local aviation officials from and operating in and out of Roanoke have warned of increased air traffic hazards. The FAA, a politically influenced federal agency, has agreed that four of the 443' tall turbines proposed are in hazardous positions relative to air traffic and topographic elevation.

This would logically require the developer to re-assess his data collected at the site of one of the proposed turbines. Since it was near and next the highest classified wind area on the site, the remaining 14 sites are in wind class areas 2 and 3 levels lower. This signifies a reduced expection of energy production at a higher financial and environmental cost.

Still, the overwhelming majority of private and commercial pilots,  flight instructors, and local aviation officials from and operating in and out of Roanoke remain concerned about the remaining 14 impediments to air safety and future economic development viability of our valley.