Power Plants

Airport Support

FAA Plume Study Results in AIM Change

The FAA has notified the California Pilots Association that the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) now includes visible and invisible thermal plumes and their effect on aircraft, pilots and passengers. This information is now included in section (7-5-5) in the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) with a page warning for pilots to avoid flight in the vicinity of Thermal Plumes (smoke stacks and cooling towers).

Airport Support

The Defeat of the Proposed Power Plants at French Valley Airport

The defeat of the proposed power plants at French Valley Airport – How we did it!
by Robert Eppers and Troy Childs

French Valley AirportBefore we became involved in this action, we didn’t understand how much of a threat power plants could present to flight operations at general aviation airports. This is the story of our fight to prevent eight (8) 60 megawatt power plants (a total of 480 MW) from being built inside the pattern of the French Valley Airport in Murrieta California.

It all started March 17, 2009 when I received a bid notification for this unheard of project. Being an electrical contractor experienced with this type of work I was asked to quote on it. I am also a pilot, and a property owner, whose property lies under the downwind leg for French Valley Airport.

Airport Support

The Defeat of the Proposed Power Plants at French Valley Airport

The defeat of the proposed power plants at French Valley Airport – How we did it!
by Robert Eppers and Troy Childs

French Valley AirportBefore we became involved in this action, we didn’t understand how much of a threat power plants could present to flight operations at general aviation airports. This is the story of our fight to prevent eight (8) 60 megawatt power plants (a total of 480 MW) from being built inside the pattern of the French Valley Airport in Murrieta California.

It all started March 17, 2009 when I received a bid notification for this unheard of project. Being an electrical contractor experienced with this type of work I was asked to quote on it. I am also a pilot, and a property owner, whose property lies under the downwind leg for French Valley Airport.