The California Pilots Association (CalPilots) has been heavily involved with the FAA to address power plant plume issues involving flight safety concerns. We were very pleased when the FAA recently announced it completed a Plume Study of the effects of thermal plumes on fixed wing and rotor aircraft.
In December 2013 – after opposing the location of a proposed power plant project, the California Pilots Association (CalPilots) applied to become Interveners in the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Quail Brush Generation Project (Quail Brush Genco, LLC, 11-AFC-03 siting proceedings). The CEC agreed and issued order granting CalPilots Petition to Intervene.Read More
On January 15th, California Pilots Association Director Andy Wilson represented CalPilots in Washington DC along with seven other aviation organizations invited by the FAA to review and comment on the FAA’s Safety Concerns of Industrial Plumes (Power Plants) study results.Read More
The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop (6/30/10 1:15 PM) for the proposed Mariposa Energy Project (MEP) to discuss the clarification of the applicant’s data responses, work towards resolving outstanding issues and discuss project scheduling. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate.Read More
The defeat of the proposed power plants at French Valley Airport – How we did it!
by Robert Eppers and Troy Childs
Before 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.Read More
Developer Rescinds French Valley (Airport Area) Power Plant Application – In April 2010 the developer withdrew his application for the French Valley power plants . The encroachment, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Grant Assurances, and most important SAFETY were too great of hurdles to overcome. Our success required dedication and hard work from our neighbors…Read More