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January 15, 2014

KU study looks at effects of wind turbines on small aircraft

Researchers are posing questions about whether wind farms near small airports might pose a safety hazard to small aircraft, according to details of a study from the University of Kansas School of Engineering.

Researchers are posing questions about whether wind farms near small airports might pose a safety hazard to small aircraft, according to details of a study from the University of Kansas School of Engineering.

The study raises questions about whether small aircraft could be rolled or otherwise affected by turbulence created by wind turbines, according to a statement from KU.

KU researchers did a report for the aviation division of the Kansas Department of Transportation, according to the KU statement. Researchers used advanced computer modeling and studied the effect of winds from 10 to 40 miles per hour, and found that some turbulence created by turbines could stretch as far as three miles from a single turbine before dissipating. The researchers went on to say that that might generate crosswinds in some instances that might pose a danger, according to the statement from KU.

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