2 injured in small plane crash in Golden Gate, Florida

2 injured in small plane crash in Golden Gate, Florida

Dec 22, 2018 News by Gary Searing
GOLDEN GATE, Fla. – A small plane crashed Saturday afternoon near Everglades Boulevard S in Golden Gate. Two people were on board the plane, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said. They were hurt and taken to the hospital.  A loud boom is what neighbors heard Saturday afternoon, and when they came out they found a […]

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 […]

These wildlife species pose the greatest threat to planes: FAA

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials have updated the protocol for reviewing wildlife hazards at US airports, including a ranking of wildlife by the level of threat that they pose to flights. The rankings published in a recent Advisory Circular (AC) intend to guide airport wildlife management personnel and inspectors in prioritizing the wildlife that should […]

Liability for damages caused by bird strikes

Introduction On 7 March 2018 the Supreme Court for Administrative Law heard a case where no choice needed to be made – an airplane engine and a bird had collided and met their respective fates. Bird strikes are not uncommon in civil aviation: every year there are approximately 5,000 to 6,000 incidents costing $1.2 billion […]