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Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:35 am

An owl has been found in a Virgin 737 engine during pre flight checks at SYD this morning. The owl has since been checked by vets and released back into the wild

https://www.airlineratings.com/news/vir ... give-hoot/

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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:41 am

It was just doing a thorough engine check.

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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:54 am

It was doing a bird strike inspection!
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:00 am

Owly moly, how lucky that they found that bird before engine startup!
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:13 am

Beautiful little Barn Owl. Wrong barn matey, lol
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:36 am

Looks like he's having a hoot.
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:40 am

Someone misread the note to check the cowling.
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:44 am

Are those owls native to the Australian continent, or were they introduced at some point?
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:55 am

So sweet...such a beautiful animal....Thank god it was found before start-up!
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:02 pm

A beautiful bird with elegant wings that has evolved over many, many years. I can see why the owl chose it as a new home.
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:12 pm

You cant say Virgin Australia were a fly by night operator either.
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:21 pm

That little guy is lucky they found him before startup. Cute.
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:48 pm

sphealey wrote:
Are those owls native to the Australian continent, or were they introduced at some point?


The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is native to Australia. In fact, this magnificent bird's range is surprisingly wide globally - essentially everywhere in the low latitude Northern hemisphere and below + Europe - Sahara Desert. We love them in the Southeast US as they do a great job keeping the population of mice and small rodents under control.

I can only imagine the shock of the person doing the walk around, especially if it was at night and the person shown a flashlight into the engine and saw that face staring back!
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:03 pm

Glad it’s safe. What a beautiful creature!
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:10 pm

Is there a lock out switch that grounds crew can use to prevent the accidental starting off an engine while they do these sorts of investigations?
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:15 pm

sphealey wrote:
Are those owls native to the Australian continent, or were they introduced at some point?


Yes, there are 11 owl species endemic to the Australian continent.

Australia has many species/families/genus of animals that are unique to that part of the world but also many others that are present elsewhere. For example, regarding parrots, there are cockatoos (Cacatuoidea) which are only found in Australia and South East Asia, but then there also many 'true' parrots (Psittacoidea) such as Rainbow Lorikeets and Budgerigars that live there as well.

For quite a long time Australia was geographical isolated so that many unique species were able to develop and evolve there (marsupials, cockatoos etc) but as the continent drifted farther north towards Asia, many more common species found worldwide, such as the Barn Owl (as well as the dingo and humans too !!!), flew over from nearby islands in Asia or walked cross the land bridges that formed as a result of low sea levels during the previous ice ages.
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:00 pm

Can't have a cowl without an owl
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:29 pm

PHLspecial wrote:
Can't have a cowl without an owl

So true.
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:30 pm

He was resting in the "owling"
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:38 pm

BlueberryWheats wrote:
Someone misread the note to check the cowling.

*-John, remember to check the owling.*
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:11 pm

Takes the idea of "Fresh catering" to a whole new level :mrgreen:
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:19 pm

What are owls favourite classes of fares?

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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:21 pm

Owl was looking to re-brand Virgin to Hooters Air.
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:26 pm

Thought of something better..... :idea: .....

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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:04 pm

Apparently Virgin Atlantic have asked why they couldn't have had this level of wisdom attached to their 787-9 fan blades ?
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:15 pm

djvalume wrote:
It was doing a bird strike inspection!


Even birds are on strike?!? Who knew!
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:16 pm

JannEejit wrote:
... this level of wisdom ...

Mistook a NG for a MAX, that's my take. Retrain.
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:18 pm

DALMD80 wrote:
BlueberryWheats wrote:
Someone misread the note to check the cowling.

*-John, remember to check the owling.*


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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:19 pm

WesternDC6B wrote:
djvalume wrote:
It was doing a bird strike inspection!


Even birds are on strike?!? Who knew!


This almost sounds like it could be a line out of Airplane!
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:23 pm

FlyKBHM wrote:
sphealey wrote:
Are those owls native to the Australian continent, or were they introduced at some point?


The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is native to Australia. In fact, this magnificent bird's range is surprisingly wide globally - essentially everywhere in the low latitude Northern hemisphere and below + Europe - Sahara Desert. We love them in the Southeast US as they do a great job keeping the population of mice and small rodents under control.

I can only imagine the shock of the person doing the walk around, especially if it was at night and the person shown a flashlight into the engine and saw that face staring back!


That is correct, the Barn Owl is one of the few bird species who can be found on every continent worldwide (except Antartica).
A few others are osprey, peregrine falcon, mallard duck, European starling (I know, it's called European, but still…), barn swallow, arctic tern (this one even including Antarctica),...
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:41 pm

WesternDC6B wrote:
DALMD80 wrote:
BlueberryWheats wrote:
Someone misread the note to check the cowling.

*-John, remember to check the owling.*


"Owl take aviation engines for a thousand, Alex!"

*chuckles*
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:50 pm

This is one of the best threads on Anet.
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:58 pm

I wonder what Owl-titude they can fly at with those engines?
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:46 pm

Great pictures! Couldn't have happened on a Southwest RON aircraft? No engine inlet cover in this situation...
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:04 pm

airportugal310 wrote:
WesternDC6B wrote:
djvalume wrote:
It was doing a bird strike inspection!


Even birds are on strike?!? Who knew!


This almost sounds like it could be a line out of Airplane!

Surely you can't be serious!
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:19 pm

330lover wrote:
FlyKBHM wrote:
sphealey wrote:
Are those owls native to the Australian continent, or were they introduced at some point?


The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is native to Australia. In fact, this magnificent bird's range is surprisingly wide globally - essentially everywhere in the low latitude Northern hemisphere and below + Europe - Sahara Desert. We love them in the Southeast US as they do a great job keeping the population of mice and small rodents under control.

I can only imagine the shock of the person doing the walk around, especially if it was at night and the person shown a flashlight into the engine and saw that face staring back!


That is correct, the Barn Owl is one of the few bird species who can be found on every continent worldwide (except Antartica).
A few others are osprey, peregrine falcon, mallard duck, European starling (I know, it's called European, but still…), barn swallow, arctic tern (this one even including Antarctica),...


Yes, but the real question is, is the swallow laden or unladen?
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:34 pm

NameOmitted wrote:
Is there a lock out switch that grounds crew can use to prevent the accidental starting off an engine while they do these sorts of investigations?


I don't believe so, you could pull the circuit breakers for the engine start system but doubtful they would do this. In almost all situations pilots/mechanics starting an engine would have a ground crew member giving them the OK that it was safe to start. I guess It could happen on a maintenance hard stand with just one or two mechanics working on a plane not expecting anyone else to be near the aircraft but never heard of that happening. In all cases that I know of a mechanic/ground crew being ingested was someone got careless around an already running engine.
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:36 pm

trent768 wrote:
airportugal310 wrote:
WesternDC6B wrote:

Even birds are on strike?!? Who knew!


This almost sounds like it could be a line out of Airplane!

Surely you can't be serious!


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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:39 pm

JannEejit wrote:
Apparently Virgin Atlantic have asked why they airframer couldn't have had this level of wisdom attached to their 787-9 fan blades encoded in the 737's MCAS ?

There.....fixed it..... :flamed:
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:05 pm

NameOmitted wrote:
Is there a lock out switch that grounds crew can use to prevent the accidental starting off an engine while they do these sorts of investigations?

Why would you be trying to start an engine during the pre-flight inspection in the first place.
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:09 am

That owl almost run a foul. What a cute creator he is though.
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:37 am

The Barn Owl mistook it for a 737 MAX, so thought it would be safe on the ground for a long while.
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:38 am

At first I couldn't give a hoot about this thread, but then I managed to wise up.
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:51 am

NameOmitted wrote:
Is there a lock out switch that grounds crew can use to prevent the accidental starting off an engine while they do these sorts of investigations?


A Continental Mechanic was actually doing patience on an engine without letting anyone know in El Paso about 10 years ago. It did not end well at all.

I believe the procedure is to always have someone with the pilots or in contact with the pilots when someone is in the engine.
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:03 am

Thanks for sharing those beautiful pics mate. Glad it all ended well. We Aussies do it well don't we. cheers
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:44 am

Who better than an actual bird doing pre-flight inspection of a mechanical bird ? It should have been suitably awarded (fed) and then released.
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:53 am

Devilfish wrote:
JannEejit wrote:
Apparently Virgin Atlantic have asked why they airframer couldn't have had this level of wisdom attached to their 787-9 fan blades encoded in the 737's MCAS ?

There.....fixed it..... :flamed:


yeah. fixed it alright. you sir are a very strange bird. thanks for taking a really fun thread out of context. it's a very cute owl camped in an engine... didn't need a reference to a software malfunction that killed over 300 people. give it a rest already.
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:51 am

Looks like Virgin might be preparing their aircraft for silent running on the cheep.
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:10 pm

Apparently this was a test of a new procedure to inspect engine fan blades between flights that didn't work out.
It looks like they had to send in some bloke to go into the engine opening and get the bugger out. Owls have sharp claws so that might have been a potentially nasty situation, but apparently it worked out fine. Maybe they dangled a mouse in front of it to get it to leave.
 
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Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:58 pm

aerorobnz wrote:
The Barn Owl mistook it for a 737 MAX, so thought it would be safe on the ground for a long while.


Well played.

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