Power Plants

Airport Support

Power Plants and Airports Don’t Mix

andywilson

Andy Wilson Director-at-Large

You may not be aware that two new power plant developments have been proposed within 1.5 miles of Hayward Executive Airport (HWD), and that more are planned in close proximity of other state airports. No surprise, as incentive the power company offered Hayward a very large sum of “community money” if the projects were approved (Editor’s Note: This article is from the March 2009 newsletter. Please read on as there are many more planned in close proxinmity to airports in the state).

Researching the aviation issues associated with the operation of the proposed 50 Megawatt (and larger) power plants within HWD airspace exposed the potential dangers to aircraft operations, which were being ignored, or downplayed.

Airport Support

Power Plants and Airports Don’t Mix

andywilson

Andy Wilson Director-at-Large

You may not be aware that two new power plant developments have been proposed within 1.5 miles of Hayward Executive Airport (HWD), and that more are planned in close proximity of other state airports. No surprise, as incentive the power company offered Hayward a very large sum of “community money” if the projects were approved (Editor’s Note: This article is from the March 2009 newsletter. Please read on as there are many more planned in close proxinmity to airports in the state).

Researching the aviation issues associated with the operation of the proposed 50 Megawatt (and larger) power plants within HWD airspace exposed the potential dangers to aircraft operations, which were being ignored, or downplayed.

California Airports

Blythe Airport – Power Plant Location Causes Problems

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
City responds to Grand Jury report on Blythe Airport
The Blythe City Council approved a response to a Grand Jury report critical of warning systems in place at the Blythe Airport. Assistant City Manager Charles, “Butch” Hull, who oversees management of the airport, told Grand Jury Foreman, John B. Todd, that the city was “caught virtually in the middle of a regulatory quagmire of State and Federal regulations that frankly, don’t mesh well.”

Hull was referring to conflicting orders received by city officials from two federal agencies, the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

California Airports

Blythe Airport – Power Plant Location Causes Problems

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
City responds to Grand Jury report on Blythe Airport
The Blythe City Council approved a response to a Grand Jury report critical of warning systems in place at the Blythe Airport. Assistant City Manager Charles, “Butch” Hull, who oversees management of the airport, told Grand Jury Foreman, John B. Todd, that the city was “caught virtually in the middle of a regulatory quagmire of State and Federal regulations that frankly, don’t mesh well.”

Hull was referring to conflicting orders received by city officials from two federal agencies, the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).