Wind Turbines and Aviation

Environmental assessments with regard to aviation activities are an area where Argus Consulting Group offers substantial expertise. We have completed a range of environmental impact assessments considering aerial application operations and other aviation activities around windfarms.

We clearly state the facts of a development and make our assessments as an independent organisation. Our ‘above the line’ assessments provide credible information for both communities and windfarm developers. We understand the emotive nature of change in rural communities. We can offer a range of community consultation methods to disseminate the facts without the emotion.

Our assessments look at the implications adding wind turbines to farming country and the externalisation of costs beyond the immediate landholder where the wind turbine is located. Good design with the knowledge of the possible external effects can minimise or eliminate the externalisation of costs to people who are not compensated for the development. Our assessments identify issues in design that may compromise aviation activities in the future.

Our Principal, Allister Polkinghorne, is an active professional pilot with background in aerial application operations in Australia. He was one of the major contributors to the development of the Part 137 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) which cover aerial application operations in Australia. He also has a good knowledge of agricultural operations – both in cropping and grazing circumstances. As a former Flying Operations Inspector with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) he has a thorough understanding of the regulatory aspects around aviation operations in Australia and internationally.

Argus also has available a range of consultants who are able to make assessments on airports and the effects that wind farm development may have on local community and larger airports.