Following the decision by Infinis Energy to appeal against planning refusal for a wind farm near Aberdeen airport, John Allan, Commercial Director at Aveillant, highlights a mitigation solution that is available and proven to solve issues caused by wind farms on air traffic control.
He said: “Objections to wind farms have been raised by many airports throughout the UK because of the impact that turbines have on air traffic control radar and communications.
“These objections are valid – but there is a solution that can meet the needs of both wind farm developers and airports.
“Representing a major advance in radar technology, Aveillant’s 3D Holographic Radar™ operates in an entirely different manner to traditional rotating radars.
“It constantly monitors the airspace for 100% of the time, intelligently characterises all the targets it sees and only passes to the radar display valid aircraft returns.
“This means there is no limit to the number or layout of turbines that it can mitigate. With a range of more than 25 nautical miles, extending to 40 miles by the end of 2015, it offers high precision updates at up to 4 times per second and 3D volumetric coverage (with no cone of silence) proven to effectively mitigate the effect wind turbines have on air traffic control radar.
“The stationary panel structure provides 100 times more ‘time on target’ than traditional rotating radars leading to continuous surveillance and intelligent understanding of the airspace.”