Big Props VS Small(er) Props | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 04.23.18

Airborne-UnManned 04.24.18

Airborne 04.18.18

AMA Drone Report 04.19.18

Airborne 04.20.18

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 04.23.18

Airborne-UnManned 04.24.18

Airborne 04.18.18

AMA Drone Report 04.19.18

Airborne 04.20.18

Thu, Jun 17, 2010

Big Props VS Small(er) Props

Some Northern Indiana Farmers Want To Close Kentland Airport To Make Way For Wind Farms

Some landowners in an area of northern Indiana about 80 miles south of Chicago say a small airport is standing in the way of progress ... mostly their progress. They say that closing Kentland Municipal Airport (50I) in Newton County would open up 77 square miles to wind farming.

 
File Photo

The region is one of the windiest in the state of Indiana, and more than 100 wind turbines are operating in neighboring Benton County. Landowner Mark Simons, the owner of a 400 acre farm near the airport, told the Associated Press "I can see them, but I can't have them." He said the reason is the airport that "hardly anyone uses and costs the town money." He says the wind turbines would be a great asset to the local economy.

But Kentland Mayor Dave Smart sees it differently. He says he has no interest in shutting the airport down. "If you want to draw new business, this is what you need ... an airport," he said.

Even if Smart wanted to shut the airport down, it would be a difficult thing. The FAA has made more than $1 million in grants to the facility since it opened 34 years ago, and as he points out, "the FAA is not in the business of shutting down airports." The airport normally records about 28 operations per day, but poor weather decreased those numbers in the early part of 2010. There were reportedly only 36 operations in May of this year.


Kentland Sectional

The landowners who would like to have their property opened up to wind farming say the turbines could generate jobs and $1 million in tax revenue for the county. "This is the future," Simons said.

Of course, there would be a direct economic benefit to those landowners as well. One family which owns 1,200 acres near the field think they could make between eight and twelve thousand dollars a year per turbine if they were allowed to build them. Natalie Gilbert said it "would be a shame" not to at least explore the benefits of a wind farm to the county.

FMI: www.newtoncountyin.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne-Unmanned 04.17.18: XPO 2018, Drone Broadcasts, Airbus Inspection Drone

Also: NZ AFB Drone Incident, Police UAVs, Inaugural Drone Boot Camp, Predator 5M Flight Hours This is it! THE major unmanned exposition of the year -- AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 starts >[...]

AMA Drone Report 04.19.18: AMA Leadership, FAA Reauthorization, Coachella

Also: New French Regs, Drone Boot Camp, Public Safety Drone Standards, DroneShield Protects NASCAR It’s a little bit sad and yet a bit cool to see AMA make an exciting change>[...]

Airborne/Barnstorming 04.23.18: We Can Do So Much Better...

I'll Admit It... We're A Mite Frustrated, But We're ALSO Not Quitting... Ever Comments/Analysis/News/Video by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell We've accomplished so much over >[...]

Airborne 04.23.18: Hemisphere Suspended, Thunderbirds Fly, Apple v Drones

Also: New NASA Administrator, AD For CFM56-7B, Engine Display Upgrade On C-441, First BBJ MAX Textron Aviation has suspended work on the Citation Hemisphere large business jet, cit>[...]

Airborne 04.20.18: Continental Jet-A Seminole, SWA Fallout, NYC NIMBY's Helo's

Also: Teamsters Talk Allegiant, Coleman Young Airport, Miracle Flights, IN Av Repair Biz Cleared Piper has selected the Continental Motors CD-170 compression ignition engine fueled>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2018 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC