Pest birds have plagued the aviation industry for decades. Bird strikes—when birds are sucked into jet engines or rotating props—often occur when aircraft land or take off. On average, birds collide with airplanes about 20 times a day in the United States.
Paul Eschenfelder, a pilot and member of Bird Strike Committee USA notes that a bird can crumple an airplane’s nose cone, punch a hole in a wing, disable the ground steering, or destroy an engine. He also indicated that a jet engine can’t just swallow a bird and keep going. He notes that some bird strikes can be particularly hazardous, causing aircraft to perform an emergency landing and engage in costly repairs. One can’t forget the bird strike in New York that forced a jet plane to land in the Hudson River.
Birds Wreak Havoc in Hangers
Besides creating runway hazards, birds will often roost and nest in the high ceiling rafters of aircraft hangars, leaving bird droppings, feathers and other bird debris on floors and aircraft being serviced with their cowlings open. When this debris falls into delicate engine parts and assemblies, the result can be both problematic and dangerous. Bird droppings can also create dangerous slip-and-fall hazards to maintenance and repair crews. Either way, birds in aircraft hangars can cause damage, maintenance delays and unnecessary clean ups.
The problem is that many airports and airfields are located near marshlands or open bodies of water. These provide a natural habitat for large waterfowl, such as geese.
Preferred Bird Control Strategies
Ideally, bird control measures should be installed when airports are built. Most contractors already have access to special tools and lift equipment, so installing bird deterrents at this stage is both simplified and economical. A proactive approach can keep pest birds away from airports and out of aircraft hangars. The next best tactic is to deter birds as soon as they’re noticed. Delays in implementing bird controls will only allow birds to gather in greater numbers around airports.
Bird Controls to Match Your Need
Bird controls most often recommended for airports and aviation include:
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