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Bird Strikes


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Describe how bad bird trike issue could affect aircraft operation. This slide also show some ways to minimize the problem.

Describe how bad bird trike issue could affect aircraft operation. This slide also show some ways to minimize the problem.

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  • 2. Wildlife Strike Facts More than 219 people traveling by airplane have been killed worldwide since 1988 More than $650 million/year, bird and other wildlife strikes cost U.S. civil aviation Between 1990 and 2009 About 5,000 bird strikes were reported by the U.S. Air Force in 2010
  • 3. Wildlife Strike Facts Between 1990 and 2004, U.S. airlines reported 31 incidents in which pilots had to dump fuel to lighten load during a precautionary or emergency landing after striking birds on takeoff or climb. An average of 11,600 gallons of jet fuel was released in each of these dumps.
  • 4. Type of bird causing damage to U.S. civil aircraft between 1990 and 2009 31% waterfowl 25% Gulls 18% Raptors 7% Dove 19% Other Wildlife Strike Facts
  • 5. How Bad Could It Be? Locations of bird-strike damage Three-quarters of bird strikes involve the wing or engines, but they can damage almost any part of an airplane.
  • 6. How Bad Could It Be?
  • 7. Common Misconceptions About Bird Strikes Birds don’t fly at night. Birds don’t fly in poor visibility, such as in clouds, fog, rain, or snow. Birds can detect airplane landing lights and weather radar and avoid the airplane.
  • 8. COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT BIRD STRIKES Airplane colors and jet engine spinner markings help to repel birds. Birds seek to avoid airplanes because of aerodynamic and engine noise. Birds dive to avoid an approaching airplane.
  • 9. Preventive Strategies If large birds or flocks of birds are reported or observed near the runway, the flight crew should consider: Delaying the takeoff or landing when fuel permits. Advise the tower and wait for airport action before continuing. Take off or land on another runway that is free of bird activity, if available.
  • 10. Preventive Strategies To prevent or reduce the consequences of a bird strike, the flight crew should: Discuss bird strikes during takeoff and approach briefings when operating at airports with known or suspected bird activity. Be extremely vigilant if birds are reported on final approach. If birds are expected on final approach, plan additional landing distance to account for the possibility of no thrust reverser use if a bird strike occurs
  • 11. Airport Bird Control System
  • 12. Thank You
  • 13. REFERENCE • azine/articles/2011_q3/4/