Author: Gary Searing

These wildlife species pose the greatest threat to planes: FAA

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials have updated the protocol for reviewing wildlife hazards at US airports, including a ranking of wildlife by the level of threat that they pose to flights. The rankings published in a recent Advisory Circular (AC) intend to guide airport wildlife management personnel and inspectors in prioritizing the wildlife that should […]

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 […]