US developed and manufactured technology could have prevented the birdstrike that caused the US Airways Flight 1549 crash DeTect maintains.
DeTect today announced that it has received orders to supply its MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radars for three commercial airports in Turkmenistan. According to DeTect's President, Gary W. Andrews, "DeTect's MERLIN bird radar system is the most advanced and widely-used technology available for bird-aircraft strike hazard (BASH) management and for real-time detection, tracking and alerting of hazardous bird activity at commercial airports and military airfields with over 160 systems installed worldwide in aviation and environmental applications".
Since 2003, MERLIN systems have been providing real-time birdstrike risk warnings to air traffic controllers, flight safety managers and pilots at US Air Force and Navy airfields and at commercial airports in Europe, Africa and Asia. MERLIN is the only bird radar being used operationally by air traffic control to issue strike risk alerts. NASA also used two MERLIN units for bird advisories for 22 space shuttle launches from 2006 through 2012. MERLIN additionally provides dual functionality detecting and tracking both birds and drones simultaneously, allowing the technology to address the emerging threat to aircraft from drones operating near airports.
With the release today of the movie ‘Sully' recounting the 2009 ‘Miracle on the Hudson' bird-aircraft strike that caused the crash of US Airways flight 1549, bird related risk to commercial aircraft is back in the news. Unfortunately, eight years later no US airport yet uses the technology in the air traffic control tower to issue birdstrike warnings.
About DeTect: DeTect is a US-based, leader in remote sensing technologies with offices in the US and Europe. DeTect's products include aircraft birdstrike avoidance radars, drone surveillance and defense systems, airspace and marine security radars, border protection radars, and bird radars for wind farm bird mortality risk mitigation and industrial bird control and protection. Since 2003, DeTect has manufactured and delivered over 280 advanced systems worldwide.