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Author: Gary Searing

Launch of Bird Collision Avoidance System Will Save Lives, Money

Jan 4, 2018 News by Gary Searing
RIYADH: A highly innovative system that can save thousands of lives and millions of dollars in losses inflicted by collisions between aircraft and birds was launched here on Tuesday. The Bird Collision Avoidance System (BCAS), developed by the Bulgarian company Volacom, has been recognized by the General Authority of Civil Aviation, the state-owned aviation regulatory […]

Snowy owl invasion a phenomenon of nature

Dec 18, 2017 News by Gary Searing
If we needed yet another example of the far-reaching connectivity of ecosystems, habitat and the species that dwell on this planet, the snowy owl comes through for us. This majestic resident of the open tundra of the high Arctic has been making appearances throughout the Lake Erie region over the past month, here on a […]

Bird Carcasses Found at AR Helicopter Crash Site, NTSB Says

Dec 2, 2017 News by Gary Searing
ARKANSAS COUNTY, Ark. – A preliminary investigation has been completed in the Nov. 19 crash of a medical helicopter that killed all three people on board. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report released on Friday states that "several bird carcasses were located in the wreckage of the helicopter." The day after the crash, local […]

Where Birds and Planes Collide, a Winged Robot May Help

Nov 28, 2017 News by Gary Searing
The bird, apparently a female falcon, wheels into view 100 feet over Edmonton International Airport, flapping her wings — hunting behavior. She pursues a flock of starlings, which scatter into the safety of the woods. The falcon is majestic, graceful and resolute. She is also a machine — a battery, sensors, GPS, barometer and flight […]

A reminder that planes and animals not always a good mix

Oct 14, 2017 News by Gary Searing
What do 18 cattle found dead on arrival in China, on a flight from Melbourne, and an aircraft col­liding with a kangaroo after landing at Kempsey Aerodrome have in common? They involve animals, aviation and recent successful claims for damages in Aus­tralian courts. In both cases, the respective courts found that those legally ­responsible were […]

Understanding Complexities Of Bigger Fan Blades

Sep 30, 2017 News by Gary Searing
GOING TO THE BIRDS Innovations such as these have enabled Rolls to use titanium fan blades for a long time, and their strength is a key attribute. A main reason is that fan blades must be able to cope with bird strikes. “It is not uncommon for fan blades to go for years without repair,” […]

What happens when a bird strikes a plane?

Sep 26, 2017 News by Gary Searing
In bowling, a strike is the best shot you can make. In aviation jargon, however, a strike happens when a bird suddenly crosses the trajectory of an aeroplane. Usually, with an adverse outcome for the bird. It’s not a rare occurrence for a bird and a plane to collide. A recent Japan Airlines plane bound […]

Bird-strike display aims to boost aviation safety

Sep 19, 2017 News by Gary Searing
An airport in Dalian, Liaoning province, has turned birds that died after hitting planes into specimens for educational purposes. The 108 stuffed birds that died after flying into planes or getting caught in protective netting surrounding Dalian International Airport are displayed in a newly-built exhibition hall in the airport. Each specimen has a QR code, […]