The Hazard Posed to Aircraft by Birds


Birdstrikes continue to be a problem for aviation worldwide, costing approximately $US3 billion annually. Increasingly, funds are being directed towards research which focuses on bird control and avoidance methods. Two such methods which are proving to be successful, are the use of hand held laser devices to scare birds from the airport environment, and the use of the US developed Avian Hazard Advisory System (AHAS), which allows aircraft to avoid high-risk birdstrike areas. This study investigated the Australian birdstrike data for the period 1991 to 2001. Although limited, the available data was able to be used to investigate birdstrike rates, species involvement and hazard potentials, as well as providing a time of day and phase of flight analysis. Additionally, the current study highlights the magnitude of some of the impact forces exerted during a birdstrike. The data suggest that there has been a significant increase in the rate of birdstrikes being recorded in Australia since 1992 (most notably between 1998 and 2001).

Type: Research and Analysis Report
Publication date: 19 March 2003
ISBN: 1 877071 23 4
Related: Bird Strikes
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