50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

Bird strikes an underrated threat to flight safety

Download: Printable PDF Date: 28 Apr 2016 02:22 category:
Publisher:
Bird strikes an underrated threat to flight safety - Events / Festivals publisher
Tatjana Obrazcova
Country: United Arab Emirates Aircraft: Airplanes
Source: Gulfnews

Experts at aviation summit debunk myth that they are minor incidents.

Bird strikes are one of the most underrated threats to flight safety but are a manageable risk, experts at an aviation summit said in Dubai this week.

Making a joint presentation on the second day of the World Aviation Safety Summit on April 26, Sally Longstaff, safety analyst at Emirates and Chris Perry, wildlife biologist at Avisure effectively debunked the myth that bird strikes are minor incidents, saying they are a “precursor” to major mishaps, including those with human casualties.

Longstaff said bird strikes have so far caused annual damages of $1.2 billion to commercial aircraft worldwide. Zeroing in on different scenarios ranging from a single large bird and a flock of large birds to eight medium sized birds and 16 small birds, she spoke about their impact and effects on an aircraft’s engine.

The presentation concluded that there are three ways to mitigate the threat of bird strikes, from designing the aircraft to be bird resistant to moving birds out of the way of the aircraft and moving aircraft out of the way of the birds.

While design is a technical matter, Perry highlighted the need for better airport habitat management in order to move birds out of the way of the aircraft – be it through clearing of turf grass, or using tools like bird detection radars, lasers, pyrotechnics, dogs and falconry to keep the birds at bay.

As for moving aircraft out of the way of the birds, the speakers stressed the need to generate more data on the migratory patterns of birds, the nature of their habitats around airports and their daily schedule so that flight paths and timings could be managed accordingly.

The presentation showed strike hazards exist around most airports although the threat is higher near migration routes of birds or favourable environments. Airports adjacent to wetlands or wildlife preserves are invariably at higher risk.



Loading comments for Bird strikes an underrated threat to flight safety...


Recommended

RUAG first in Europe to complete 2020 ADS-B avionics compliance modification on Bombardier Challenger CL601

RUAG Aviation has successfully upgraded the avionics baseline of a Bombardier Challenger CL601 to comply with regulatory mandates for 2020 and beyond. The first upgrade of this kind completed in Europ...

Airbus delivers its first A350-1000 to launch customer Qatar Airways

The carrier shapes the future of air travel with leading A350 XWB widebody fleet Airbus has delivered the world’s first A350-1000 widebody airliner to launch customer Qatar Airways at a deliv...

Oriens Aviation inaugurates Oriens Maintenance Services

New Authorised Pilatus Service Centre at London Biggin Hill Airport Oriens Aviation, the exclusive British Isles Pilatus Centre, formally inaugurated its new MRO facility, Oriens Maintenance Servic...

Qantas Unveils Special Indigenous Aircraft Livery

Qantas has unveiled a special livery honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians on its latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The new livery features the work of the late Northern Territo...