Category: News

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 […]

Airport bird risk in Russia

Sep 5, 2019 News by Gary Searing
Russian authorities are proposing to assess airports’ vulnerability to bird activity, in the wake of the Ural Airlines Airbus A321 landing accident outside Moscow. The aircraft came down in a field shortly after departing Moscow Zhukovsky on 15 August. Federal air transport regulator Rosaviatsia adds it is proposing to co-operate with law enforcement to “verify […]

Painting birds at Wellington’s landfill

Sep 1, 2019 News by Gary Searing
Wellington birds are showing their true colours after the airport has had them painted in a project to monitor birdstrike. Hundreds of gulls sprayed with, orange, green and blue paint have helped Wellington Airport to address birdstrike. Black-backed gulls are known for becoming lodged in planes, and late last year the airport sprayed them with […]