This report analyses birdstrikes reported to the Australian
Transport Safety Bureau between 2002 and 2006. In Australia, over
the last five years, the number of birdstrike occurrences reported
annually to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has risen
from approximately 750 in 2002 to 1,200 in 2006. The report
includes bird and bat strikes that occurred in Australian territory
involving VH- and overseas registered aircraft. It excludes strikes
involving non VH-registered Australian aircraft and those involving
VH-registered aircraft that occurred overseas. Birdstrikes were
analysed by year, month, phase of flight, type of operation, record
source, effect on flight, time, aircraft damage, injuries, the
nature of occurrence reports, flight disruption, aircraft
movements, aircraft size, ingestion, bird size, species, and
location. Location data are presented for major aerodromes, General
Aviation Airport Procedures aerodromes and regional aerodromes. The
report tables birdstrikes and aircraft movements, as well as
species struck and species causing damage.

Birdstrike reporting was found to have almost doubled over the
reporting period. There have been three injuries, but no
fatalities. Around seven per cent of birdstrike events resulted in
damage, and double-engine ingestion was recorded for eight of 5103
birdstrike occurrences. Birdstrike events vary by location, and
rates of birdstrike events at aerodromes are only indicators of the
effectiveness of control measures.

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