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Author: Gary Searing

Liability for damages caused by bird strikes

Introduction On 7 March 2018 the Supreme Court for Administrative Law heard a case where no choice needed to be made – an airplane engine and a bird had collided and met their respective fates. Bird strikes are not uncommon in civil aviation: every year there are approximately 5,000 to 6,000 incidents costing $1.2 billion […]

Autonomous drones could herd birds away from airports

Bird strikes on aircraft may be rare, but not so rare that airports shouldn’t take precautions against them. But keeping birds away is a difficult proposition: How do you control the behavior of flocks of dozens or hundreds of birds? Perhaps with a drone that autonomously picks the best path to do so, like this […]

Bird-strike risk at Trudeau airport: Compost plan doesn’t heed all safety advice

A Gazette investigation reveals the city hasn’t addressed some safety precautions Aéroports de Montréal recommended to reduce risk of bird-plane collisions. The city isn’t heeding some of the safety precautions that Aéroports de Montréal recommended to reduce the risk of bird-plane collisions around a municipal organic waste treatment centre that Montreal is planning to build […]

Two Russian Pilots Killed In Helicopter Crash In Syria

A Russian military helicopter crashed on May 7 over eastern Syria, killing both pilots, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The ministry was quoted as saying that the Ka-52 helicopter was on a routine flight when it crashed and that the two pilots’ bodies were found after a search. It added that a technical malfunction may […]

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 […]