Meet the Team

Commander John W Taylor Royal Navy – Managing Director WPAC Ltd

After a career in the Royal Navy specialising in Air Traffic Control (ATC), Airspace Management and Air Defence which culminated in leading both the ATC and Fighter Control Specialisations, John worked for Lockheed Martin UK for three years as a Principal Consultant and Business Area Manager responsible for Air Traffic Management Consultancy, including the provision of advice to wind farm developers. In 2008 he founded WPAC Ltd and since then he and his team have provided aviation advice in relation to over 2000 wind farm and wind turbine sites, given evidence at a number of planning inquiries and enabled many sites to overcome aviation objections where it has been feasible to do so. He and his team have also provided advice to Renewable UK and the Aviation Fund Management Board, including organising workshops and the provision of guidance documents.

John also advises planners and developers in relation to physical and technical safeguarding of non-wind farm developments such as business parks and blocks of flats in the vicinity of aviation facilities.

Between 1998 and 2006 John was a member of the following significant working groups and policy bodies:

  • MOD Airspace Requirements Review Team
  • CAA National Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee
  • MOD Wind farm Policy Group
  • DTI Wind farm Aviation Interests Working Group
  • CAA/MOD National Flight Safety Committee
  • MOD ATC Aviation Safety Board
  • UK IFF and SSR Committee
  • Eurocontrol Mode S Introduction to Service Task Force
  • MOD Low Flying Policy Group
  • CAA Danger Areas User Group
  • MOD/NATS Joint Future Airspace Design Team
  • MOD/CAA Flexible Use of Airspace Policy Group
  • Represented UK MOD interests on several international policy groups at Eurocontrol and NATO

Radar Systems Expert – Eur. Ing. Alan Collinson OBE, BSc, MSc, C.Eng, FIET

Alan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Control Engineering and a Master’s degree in electronic engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He has been a radar systems engineer for over thirty years.

Alan has specialised in providing advice on long range, multifunction, phased array radar and is recognised internationally as an expert in this area and has provided advice to the US Government on how to improve the performance of space radars. Alan also provides advice to the Royal Air Force and US Air Force on the effect of interference in radar bands. He has studied the effects of wind turbines on air traffic and air defence radar systems and has been an expert witness at a number of public inquiries into the effects of wind turbines on radar systems. Alan is a visiting lecturer at the University of Hull where he teaches radar to final year undergraduates and post-graduate students.

Alan is also the Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Collinson Systems Limited (CSL) where his clients have included: the Defence Research Agency, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, Defence Science and Technology Laboratories, the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Defence Estates, Defence Logistics Organisation, Defence Export Services Organisation, the Royal Air Force (RAF), RAF Signals Engineering Establishment, ATDI, British Aerospace, Ecotricity, Lockheed Martin Insys, Lockheed Martin Stasys, RidgeWind, QinetiQ and Wind Prospect.

Radar Propagation Expert – Dr David Bacon BSc, PhD, FIET, C.Eng

Dr David Bacon has specialised in radiowave propagation and associated software since 1984. He joined the Radiocommunications Agency in 1991 and was moved into Ofcom at the end of 2003 with the change in regulatory structure. In RA and Ofcom he led a specialist team responsible for developing propagation models and technical computer programs used for licensing and interference management. During this work he developed several original methods, including an integrated clear-air/rain/sleet model for fixed links, and a novel quality-of-service algorithm for business radio. He has been a regular lecturer at the IEE/IET Residential Course on Radiowave Propagation, serving on its Organising Committee, and in 2004 chairing the event. He has participated in ITU-R Study Group 3 (propagation) since 1991 (previously SGs 5 and 6), contributing new material or revisions to various Recommendations, particularly P.452, P.526, P.530, P620 and P.1546, and has been the international chair of sub-group 3M3.

David is also the Managing Director of DB Spectrum Services Ltd where he has a track record in propagation modelling, implementing models in efficient C++ coding, and in analysing or simulating frequency-sharing scenarios. He also has wide experience in the process of licensing radio systems.

Commander Shane “Pads” Savage Royal Navy

Shanes spent over 27 years in the Royal Navy specialising in Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Air Defence which culminated in leading both the ATC and Fighter Control specialisations as Head of Operations Support to the Fleet Air Arm. With almost unrivalled continuous MOD wind farm experience, lasting for most of the 12 year period to 2011, he was latterly the Royal Navy’s Desk Officer for aviation infrastructure including airfields, radars and radio sites as well as being the RN Safeguarding Authority for aviation. As a co-author of the initial MOD Guidelines for Wind Farm Developers through to the end of his career which included a tour within the Ministry of Defence as the Desk Officer responsible for Military Wind farm policy, he has represented the Royal Navy and Defence at every level of wind farm assessment and policy formulation.

Between 1998 and 2011 Shane was a member of the following significant working groups and policy bodies:

  • MOD Airspace Requirements Review Team
  • CAA National Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee
  • MOD Wind farm Policy Group
  • Military Users Airspace Co-ordination Team
  • CAA/MOD National Flight Safety Committee
  • MOD Air Command and Control Programme Delivery Board
  • MOD ATC Aviation Safety Board
  • National UK IFF and SSR Committee
  • Defence UK IFF and SSR Committee
  • MOD Mode S Working Group MOD
  • Low Flying Policy Group
  • CAA Danger Areas User Group
  • MOD/NATS Joint Future Airspace Design Team
  • MOD/CAA Flexible Use of Airspace Policy Group
  • National Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee
  • UK Airspace Strategy Steering Committee
  • Represented UK MOD interests on several international policy groups at Eurocontrol and NATO

Sqn Ldr Mike Hale MBE MSc CFS RAF (Retd)

Mike Hale has over 40 years and 9000 hours of piloting, instructing and examining experience on aircraft such as Lightning, Phantom and Tornado through to a range of civilian and military General Aviation craft. He also has 7 years as Chairman and Officer in Charge of a large Gliding Club. Over the last 8 years, in parallel to his flying duties, he has held the post of MOD Air Staff Low Level Airspace Manager & Wind-Farm Subject Matter Expert. He has assessed over 14,000 wind-farm applications against low flying, weapons range, specialist airspace and aerodrome safeguarding criteria. Mike has also managed two Air Staff Wind Farm Flight Trials for the MOD, CAA, RUK and Trinity House. In 2012, he was awarded an MBE for generating a proactive and mutually successful working relationship between the Wind Power Industry and the MOD Air Staff.

Mike is the WPAC in house expert on low flying, air law, wind turbine turbulence issues, gliding, unlicensed aerodrome operations and any other subject that requires a uniquely pilot orientated assessment of wind turbine objections and concerns raised by airfields and aviation stakeholders.

Sqn Ldr Hale has been a member of the following Committees etc

  • DIO Wind Energy Working Group – Pilot Member
  • MOD Low Flying User Group – Chairman.
  • MOD Airspace Review Committee.
  • MOD Low Flying Safety Group
  • MOD Low Flying Policy – Dep Chair
  • AWR User Group – Dep Chair
  • MUACT – LF Member
  • CAA CANP-PINS – Chairman
  • UK Air Prox Board – LF Advisor
  • DTI/DEBERR/DECC Windfarm Working Groups & Airspace Allocation Committees
  • Government Aviation Steering Group – Military Flying/Low Level Member.
  • BHA ESC – Military Member.
  • RUK/MOD Round Table Low Flying Member
  • DAIEG & GEOSPATIAL Low Flying Member

In 2012 he was awarded an MBE for generating a proactive and mutually successful working relationship between the Wind Power Industry and the MOD Low Flying Operators.

James Taylor BSc. (Hons), LLB, GDL, LPC

James holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and has also completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course, achieving a Commendation in the latter. He has a particular interest in property and planning law and works as part of the team advising developers on aviation issues arising from the development of wind farms in a planning context. James provides multidisciplinary knowledge by reviewing and analysing commercial contracts and non-disclosure agreements as part of WPAC’s due diligence work. He also assists in the drafting and preparation of the aviation sections of Environmental Impact Assessments that underpin planning applications and documentation for use at planning inquiries and appeals. James has provided internal support  on several high profile planning inquiries, including Navitus Bay, Bullington Cross and French Farm. James is a Director of WPAC Ltd.

Sam Taylor BA MSc

Sam provides research and GIS support. He undertakes the majority of radar line of sight projections using our radar propagation modelling systems Rvis3 and Rview5. He has also developed the mapping capabilities of the business, adapting ARCGIS in order to provide geo-referenced aviation information for use both in our feasibility reports and in EIA Chapters and other planning documentation. Sam is the lead researcher for WPAC and has acquired an understanding of the aviation environment in the UK, both civil and military. Sam gained an MSc in Climate Change and Government Policy at the University of Sussex and is a Director of WPAC Ltd.