Sharing the Sky: The discussion between wind companies and pilots about meteorological towers

HENRY COUNTY, Ill (KWQC)- We’ve all seen aerial applicators dance through the sky fertilizing our fields.

These small planes move fast and the pilots in them make quick decisions.

Obstacles in the way make it even harder to fly, and some are virtually invisible.

Garrett Lindell has been flying for 26 years. He and the six spray planes he owns cover a lot of ground.

“It’s about 150 miles north to south and 100 miles east to west,” Lindell said.

Over the years the landscape of that area has changed, especially with the increase of wind energy in the midwest.CS-TRuCU8AAAJ2T

The FAA requires the maps and GPS systems he uses get updated every six months.

One thing that isn’t on those maps, meteorological towers. They’re used by wind companies to measure wind speed and other factors before putting up a wind turbine.

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