Category: News

What happens when a bird strikes a plane?

Sep 26, 2017 News by Gary Searing
In bowling, a strike is the best shot you can make. In aviation jargon, however, a strike happens when a bird suddenly crosses the trajectory of an aeroplane. Usually, with an adverse outcome for the bird. It’s not a rare occurrence for a bird and a plane to collide. A recent Japan Airlines plane bound […]

Bird-strike display aims to boost aviation safety

Sep 19, 2017 News by Gary Searing
An airport in Dalian, Liaoning province, has turned birds that died after hitting planes into specimens for educational purposes. The 108 stuffed birds that died after flying into planes or getting caught in protective netting surrounding Dalian International Airport are displayed in a newly-built exhibition hall in the airport. Each specimen has a QR code, […]

Robot Birds Could Help End Bird Strikes On Airplanes

Sep 9, 2017 News by Gary Searing
This is an article based on a paper delivered by Katie Genter at the Bird Strike Conference in Chicago in 2016. Everyone knows about the Miracle on the Hudson, but you might not know that approximately one in every 2,000 flights experiences a bird strike. A vast majority of these don’t end with a plane ditched […]

Officials fear bird-aircraft collision disaster

Jun 14, 2017 News by Gary Searing
Aircraft often strike flying birds and birds can even disable aircraft. The bird-strike risk is so serious that the Canada Gazette has warned that "a multiple-strike will (soon) result in the crash of a large jetliner.” According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, officials are bracing for a major jetliner crash due to a bird-aircraft […]

Robotic falcons to scare away real birds at Edmonton airport

May 11, 2017 News by Gary Searing
Netherlands-based company says using robot falcons to chase real birds from flight paths 'historic' Edmonton International Airport will soon become one of the first airports in the world to use robotic falcons to chase birds from flight paths and discourage nearby nesting. "EIA is excited to trial this new technology," said Steve Rumley, the airport's vice-president of […]

Careful Crop Selection Near Airports Could Reduce Bird Strikes

Apr 28, 2017 News by Gary Searing
The first documented collision between a bird and an airplane was reported by the Wright brothers in the early 1900s. Now, about three dozen bird strikes happen each day in the United States, with 5 to 7 percent damaging the plane, according to Michael Begier, the Department of Agriculture’s National Coordinator for the Airport Wildlife […]

Birds, equipment issues caused B-52 bomber crash in Guam

Apr 27, 2017 News by Gary Searing
BISMARCK, N.D. — An Air Force investigation has concluded that birds and mechanical issues — not pilot error — caused the crash of a B-52 bomber in Guam a year ago. The bomber from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota aborted takeoff during a routine training mission the morning of May 19, 2016, and […]