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User currently offline767ALLTHEWAY From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 659 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1466 times:

BOSTON -- A Boston-to-San Francisco flight has returned to Boston this morning after birds were apparently sucked into one of the engines.

United Flight 185 took off from Logan International Airport just after 8:50 this morning.

Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman Phil Orlandella said that after take-off, smoke starting coming out of the right-hand engine of the two-engine plan.

He said it was probably because of one or more birds sucked into the turbine.

The pilot returned to Logan and landed at about 9:10 a.m.

Orlandella said none of the 119 passengers or seven crew members were injured. (AP)


~~Thats never a good thing! Hey hopefully the engines got their share!




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User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1426 times:

Nice way to put your topic title!  Big grin

Unfortunately, bird strikes are more common than we would think and affects engines in more ways than we would hope. I know that at JFK, they've installed some kind of device to scare away birds from the runways. Birds are a common problem indeed!



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User currently offline767ALLTHEWAY From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1419 times:

Thanks, Trickijedi....
Ive heard that they are a problem at JFK, but i know for a fact that at BOS (my hometown!..go Bruins!!) that because its almost completly surounded by water that seagulls in particular are a worry, but it doesnt happen all that much!! Have a great night everyone!
BEST regards,
7 6 7 A L L T H E W A Y



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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

Ya know... At GPT, I got a first hand view of how they take care of birds thanks to Mr. Tom Jones **Name changed to protect privacy** He took me out in his expedition, and showed me the runway, and he had to use his flare gun to shoot off the birds. He actually shot one, and shot its wing. It was flapping around in pain so he had to put it out of its misery  Crying Poor little bugger. Anyway, At GPT, we also have these wolf/coyote traps that catch rabbits and other animals loose on the airfield. The next morning he will take the animals to the animal shelter right across the street from the airport.

User currently offlineUALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

Seagulls just like pidgeons Rats with wings.

User currently offlineZebfly2 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 417 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1362 times:

I can recall an article I read mentioned that falcons are used at JFK to scare birds away. I believe that they are also used at other airports.


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User currently offlineRSW Sergio E From United States of America, joined May 2002, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1360 times:
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Down here at RSW they use a dog to scare off the birds. Actually one has retired and a second has taken on the job. Story can be read at www.swfia.com.

User currently offlineUALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1282 times:

True story:

A KC-10 based at Mcguire ABF in NJ shattered its windsheild landing in what the crew refered to as a "Rabbit Strike"

The comanding officer demanded a more detailed explaination of how a rabbit got some thirty feet in the air to break a cockpit windsheild or he was going to have the crew take a drug test.

The crew then told him that on final approch an owl snared the rabbit in the middle of the runway. As the KC-10 came barreling toward the owl it tried to take off w/ its dinner in tow. The owl could not gain alltitude quickly enough so he dumped his pay load to get out of the way. The KC-10 then slammed into the rabbit carcass at high speed. The owl got away clean. Moral of the story: Twice in one day that was one unlucky rabbit.


User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1263 times:
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UALPHLCS- now that is a GREAT pub story!!  Big thumbs up

Great stories, any more?

To comment on a point above, yes, PEREGRINE FALCONS are used at many airports to scare away other birds.

Falconry still has a great role in modern life.

Also, I have read that sound/sonar, and different kinds of guns are used.




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User currently offlineUALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1253 times:

Just south of PHL is a Heinz Bird Santuary. Falcons can't be used near the birds. But all over the airport are fiberglass qwl decoys that do a decent job of scaring off the birds at PHL.

User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1063 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1241 times:

Eagles may soar but weasles never get sucked into jet engines!!

Dinker



Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
User currently offlineMikeclod From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1202 times:

A lot of airports have gas cannons. These are the same ones used on farms, basically it justs ignites little puffs of propane. I used to work in Boise, I've seen deer, rabbits, gophers, badgers, dogs, cats, red-tailed hawks, and lots of ducks and geese. It's a full time job running these critters off.
Mikeclod


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User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1041 times:

I've seen large hawks and osprey type birds often at the south end of DTW usually near the runways 21L and 22R. I don't know if the birds are just there naturally because the south end of DTW is mainly fields and woods compared to the north end which is built up of hotels and restaurants, or if the birds were put there to keep away the smaller birds.

User currently offlineEastern L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 127 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1019 times:

A brown pelican brought down a B-1 bomber.

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