Articles | Volume 3, issue 2
Wind Energ. Sci., 3, 833–843, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-3-833-2018
Wind Energ. Sci., 3, 833–843, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-3-833-2018
Research article
02 Nov 2018
Research article | 02 Nov 2018

Do wind turbines pose roll hazards to light aircraft?

Jessica M. Tomaszewski et al.

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Wind energy development has increased rapidly in rural locations of the United States, areas that also serve general aviation airports. The spinning rotor of a wind turbine creates an area of increased turbulence, and we question if this turbulent air could pose rolling hazards for light aircraft flying behind turbines. We analyze high-resolution simulations of wind flowing past a turbine to quantify the rolling risk and find that wind turbines pose no significant roll hazards to light aircraft.