Category: News

Wellington birds show their true colours in airport tracking project

Dec 12, 2018 News by Gary Searing
Hundreds of gulls painted in shades or orange, blue and green  are now flying above Wellington. Wellington Airport  organised for the  black-backed gulls found in the region’s landfills to be painted so they could be tracked to see how they  contributed  to birdstrike. Head of operations Matt Palliser said the favourable weather enabled the birds to be spray-painted […]

Drone-Based Bird-Herding Is Taking Off

Oct 24, 2018 News by Gary Searing
  Collisions with birds can threaten the integrity of airplanes and the safety of their passengers. Now scientists are developing ways to use drones to herd flocks of birds away from airports, potentially helping prevent dangerous bird strikes. Tough To Fool Collisions that birds and other wildlife have with aircraft cause more than $1.2 billion […]

Scientists Find Googly Eyes Effective at Reducing Bird/Plane Collisions

Oct 22, 2018 News by Gary Searing
Photograph by Anthony Boigné   A new research paper published in the scientific journal PLoS One has found google eyes to be effective at reducing bird-on-plane collisions at airports. A team of scientists from Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the University of Rennes, with some help from the Airbus corporation, applied their […]

Birds of a Feather

Oct 15, 2018 News by Gary Searing
Engineers at Caltech have developed a new control algorithm that enables a single drone to herd an entire flock of birds away from the airspace of an airport. The algorithm is presented in a study in IEEE Transactions on Robotics. The project was inspired by the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson,” when US Airways Flight 1549 […]

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 […]