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RenewableUK collaborates with aviation authorities and government to find solutions to radar interference or flight obstruction caused by wind energy developments.

More than half of wind farm developments are subject to objections from the aviation sector, and are treated comparably to other tall structures such as high-rise buildings, transmitter masts and chimneys. Wind turbines turn to produce energy, which under certain conditions can cause the complication of appearing on radar systems. 

The Aviation Management Board chaired by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy includes representatives from RenewableUK, and meets regularly to address wider issues. 

The Aviation Working Group is one of RenewableUK's closed working groups, accessible to appointed signed-in members only.


Key Links:


Aquila’s  MOD ATC Windfarm Mitigation Guide

Aquila Air Traffic Management Services (ATMS) is responsible through Project Marshall for the delivery and maintenance of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) ATMS Capability. Through our work with the BEIS led Aviation Management Board, Aquila have given RenewableUK permission to publish on our members’ area their trifold information leaflet to help members understand their windfarm mitigation services that are available for MOD ATC.


RenewableUK's Annual Wind & Aviation Event

April 2019, Birmingham NEC: Watch the post-event video here. With many thanks to Event Partner ScottishPower Renewables.

Read the post-event findings report here, the Think Piece and Action Plan here, and find out more about our 2020 event in London here


Key Stakeholders

RenewableUK recommends that aviation stakeholders are always consulted early in the wind farm planning application process. Key stakeholders include:

  • National Air Traffic Services (NATS) produce a series of free maps and offer a number of paid for services.
  • Ministry of Defence (MOD) Safeguarding Team manage their consultations and provide pre-application advice.
  • Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has a useful website, and are able to advise on general principles.

Aviation Publications & Documents

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
MOD Wind Farm Application Form PDF (50.2 KB)  more ] Administration 19/06/2016
Guidance on Low Flying Aircraft PDF (125.41 KB)  more ] Administration 06/03/2018
ORAG Issue 2 - Offshore Renewables Aviation PDF (726.49 KB) Administration 04/10/2019
Safeguarding & Radar Mitigation Briefing Note Link Administration 04/10/2019
Aviation Special Project Intelligence Report 2019 Link Administration 04/10/2019
Wind & Aviation 2019 Post-Event Report Link Administration 18/02/2020
RUGO Issue 1 2020 - Drones Guidance Link Administration 18/02/2020
MOD Lighting Guidance PDF (159.41 KB) Administration 07/10/2020
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