Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1309 times:
Nice way to put your topic title!
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!
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
767ALLTHEWAY From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 659 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1302 times:
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!
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"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear"
BR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1265 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 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.
UALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1165 times:
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.
Mikeclod From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 272 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1085 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.
HlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7 Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 924 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.