Wind turbines and airports co-exist throughout the world despite the fact that wind turbines can present an obstruction risk to low flying aircraft as well as potentially affect radar systems. This article presents photographs of wind turbines located near airports and airbases throughout the world.
Wind Turbines near Travis AFB California
The turbines are approximately 8 kilometres from the runway. Red air traffic control radar antennae can be seen at the top of the tower in the foreground.
Figure 1 Wind turbines near Travis Air Force Base California
Wind Turbines near La Palma Airport, Canaries, Spain
The two turbines are approximately 420 metres east of the main runway.
Figure 2 Wind turbines near La Palma Airport, Canaries, Spain
Wind Turbines at East Midlands Airport, England
The Pager Power photograph below shows two operational wind turbines at East Midlands airport which are approximately 1.3km south of the main runway. The turbines are operated by the airport. Click here to view a video.
Figure 3 Wind turbines at East Midlands Airport, England
Wind Turbines at Kotzebue radar, Alaska
These two turbines are operated by the US Air Force to provide additional power for operating this remote radar station.
Figure 4 Wind turbines at Kotzebue radar station Alaska
Wind Turbines near Upolu Airport, Hawaii
The turbines lie approximately 600 metres south of the airport.
Figure 5 Wind turbines near Upolu Airport, Hawaii
Wind Turbine near Leeds Bradford Airport, England
The image below shows a small wind turbine at Carlton Hall Farm.
Figure 6 Wind turbine near Leeds Bradford Airport
Wind Turbines near Caernarfon Airport, Wales
There are two turbines adjacent to the runway at Caernarfon Airport.
Figure 7 Wind turbines under construction at Caernarfon Airport
Wind Turbines at other airports
Other airports with wind turbines in the immediate vicinity include Galapagos, Liverpool, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Lubeck, Bristol, Lydd, Newcastle, Honolulu and Boston.
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Images sourced as follows. Images have been resized from their original.
Figure 1: http://www.travis.af.mil/News/Article/767933/travis-tests-radar-technology/
Figure 2: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:La_Palma_-_Brena_Baja-Mazo_-_Airport_(Mirador_del_Aeropuerto)_03_ies.jpg
Figure 4: http://www.dla.mil/AboutDLA/News/NewsArticleView/Article/1251838/afrl-developing-rapidly-deployable-independent-energy-sources-for-remote-milita/
Figure 5: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hawi_Renewable_Development.jpg
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