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Grounds for Objection - Effect on Aviation

There are small airfields at Keyston and Winwick which will experience problems due to the close proximity of the wind turbines. The airfield at Keyston would be affected most because it has a north/south runway. Some of the proposed wind turbines are directly to the north, just over the A14, and are almost in a direct line with either taking-off or landing. The size of the turbines is such that they could present a real hazard, particularly in windy conditions or when the visibility is marginal. Also as the airfield is basically a farm strip and is unlicensed, some of the pilots may be inexperienced, which could also be a problem when it comes to avoiding major obstructions.

The proposed turbines are to be situated midway between Bythorn and the base at RAF Molesworth. The approximate distance from the base is less than 250 metres, with the turbines at 126 metres above ground level. Currently there are often night approaches into Molesworth by large military helicopters which, depending on the wind direction, often fly very low directly over Bythorn, at a height that is certainly no more than 126 metres. It would be extremely dangerous for these flights to continue were these turbines to be built. At time of writing the UK Base Commander for RAF Molesworth was still awaiting information from their low flying expert concerning the effect the turbines will have on RAF Molesworth.

There is also a potential for the turbines to increase the risk to airborne surveillance via air traffic control radar as these radar microwave signals get blocked by turbine blades. The rotating blades can also cause "clutter" in a radar output because of reflections of the microwave signals. In addition, turbines can degrade the performance of voice communications facilities and en-route navigation aids. Although the turbines appear to be situated away from the radio communications link at RAF Molesworth, we are uncertain of the effect they will have on detecting aircraft approaching from the south of the airbase.

There is a possibility that these turbines will need to be fitted with warning lights which would further destroy the tranquil nature of the area at night.

Numerous commercial and recreational pilots also use the airspace over the proposed site.

18 November 2017
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