Rep. Triston Cole (left) and Bryan Budd testified Sept. 30 before the House Committee on Local Government in support of Rep. Cole’s House Bill 4727, which was recommended to the House Floor by the committee on Wednesday Oct. 7.
Rep. Cole bill requires temporary weather towers to meet FAA regulations
State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, recently introduced legislation to require that Meteorological Evaluation Towers (METs) meet standard Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations for pilot visibility.
“A MET can be erected in a day and the owners are currently not required to provide any safety markings or registration current aviation authorities or the FAA.” Rep. Cole said.
“This has created serious safety concerns for crop dusters and farmers concerned about caused hazardous conditions for low flying aircraft. My bill will implement preventative measures that will ensure the safety and well-being of all Michigan residents.”
House Bill 4727 will amend Michigan’s “Tall Structure Act” of 1959 by requiring METs used for wind turbine location that are more than 50 feet in height be marked following FAA rules.
The House Committee on Local Government voted today in support of HB 4727 and the bill will now move to the House floor for a full vote.