Category: News

Increasing Kite strikes in India

Nov 26, 2019 News by Gary Searing
Kites have been involved in the highest number of bird strike cases across civil and defence airports, during take-off and landing across India, over the past 52 years, revealed data from the Indian Air Force (IAF). At the International Conference on Wetland and Migratory birds in Lonavala on Wednesday, the IAF presented their own data […]

Blind landing after bird strike

Nov 25, 2019 News by Gary Searing
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — Todd Unruh never believed they were going to die. Even covered in glass, in pain and flying blind, the pilot felt a sense of calm. “At no point did I think about my daughter being without a father; I didn’t let that emotion come into play,” he […]

Irish rabbits posing a hazard to aviation

Nov 23, 2019 News by Gary Searing
Rabbits at Ireland’s Dublin Airport are being sucked up by plane engines as jets taxi down runways, according to the Irish Post. So far this year, 11 bunnies have reportedly been “ingested” by motors while authorities have managed to relocate another 44 rabbits that were in harm’s way. Neither Irish aviation officials nor the rabbits have […]

Recent History of US Military Aircraft Crashes in Europe

Oct 8, 2019 News by Gary Searing
On Tuesday, a US Air Force F-16 fighter crashed outside Trier, western Germany, with its pilot reportedly ejecting safely and being taken to hospital. US aircraft have been stationed at bases across continental Europe since the end of WWII, and Tuesday’s incident certainly wasn’t the first, even in the last decade. On October 8, 2019, […]

Indian Air Force once more attempts to buy avian radars

Oct 7, 2019 News by Gary Searing
Nearly 10% of all fighter accidents involve bird-hits, which cause irreversible damage to the engines. IAF has long suffered the problem. New Delhi: Amid a recent spate of bird-hit incidents, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to start — for the fourth time in 10 years — the process of procuring bird-detection radars or […]

Researchers Working on an Advanced Autopilot

Oct 2, 2019 News by Gary Searing
It’s called the “Miracle on the Hudson.” On January 15, 2009, U.S. Airways Flight 1549 left LaGuardia Airport in New York City en route to Seattle via Charlotte. Shortly after takeoff, the plane hit birds and lost two engines. Faced with few options, the captain, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, took elusive action and landed the plane […]

Pigeon damages Air Malta Airbus engine

Sep 30, 2019 News by Gary Searing
The bird flew into the engine as the plane was going to take off and the impact damaged the titanium fan blades The new Air Malta Airbus was speeding down the runway at Malta International Airport when a single bird flew into the jet engine and damaged the airplane’s titanium blades, a company engineer said.  […]

Emergency landing at Abbotsford Airport after striking geese

Sep 10, 2019 News by Gary Searing
Passengers and crew loaded off plane safely, spokesperson says A Swoop airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Abbotsford International Airport after hitting several geese shortly after takeoff Tuesday morning. Flight 312 left for Edmonton at 8:18 a.m. PT and landed back at the airport 10 minutes later after hitting the birds, according to […]

Egrets at Elmendorf Lake Park

Sep 8, 2019 News by Gary Searing
Egrets roost at Elmendorf Lake Park, but the military has said they pose a flight risk to aircraft. The USDA has a nonlethal, humane mitigation plan to deter the birds from the park. In July 2013, a military aircraft at Sheppard AFB struck a cattle egret during a training flight, forcing the pilot and co-pilot […]