Bird Harrassment and Its Effects on Airports

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The Effects of Bird Harassment on Airports|
Bird deterrents methods|
In this article, the main focus is on the presence of birds on airfields and their negative effects on the airport. Birds can damage aircraft and risk the lives of human passengers. In response to this situation, wildlife management programs have been established to control wildlife. This article also identifies many different bird deterring techniques| |

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Micah Harper|
11/15/2011|

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1)Abstract 2
2)The effects of bird harassment on airports 3-8
3)Reference page 9-10


Abstract
Birds as we know it are commonly known as an admirable species to us; birds can fly in patterns, they enhance our scenery with their presence, and they can chirp beautiful tunes. However, these animals we adore are not so desirable in the field of aviation. In airports, birds are regarded to as pest and are unwanted on the premises. Reasons why birds are unwanted on airports are because they jeopardize airport operations, place human lives at risk, and cost airports millions of dollars in damages. Birds can cause “bird strikes” which is a term that pertains to collisions between birds and aircraft. According to the FAA’s wildlife strike database, 99,411 wildlife strikes have been reported since 1990 [Transportation Research Board, 2011]. Aside from civilian aviation, bird strikes are common in military as well. (Bird strike committee USA, 2011) In 2007, the United States Air Force reported over 5000 bird strikes, according to Bird strikes committee USA [Lloyd, robin, 2011]. The United States suffers a total of 625 million dollars annually in damages due to bird strikes [Transportation Research Board, 2011]. According to Lloyd (2009), bird strikes have also killed over 200 people as of 1988 [Lloyd, robin, 2011]. To combat this safety risk birds pose to aviation, airports have employed bird deterrent techniques to disperse birds from airfields. The five common strategies that airport managers can use to combat bird harassment on airport premises include notices to pilots, habitation modification, repelling techniques, exclusion, and population management

The Effects of Bird Harassment on Airports
Birds to society are an enjoyment to human life. Birds are colorful aspects of life that are often photographed, recorded, drawn and enjoyed [Booth w. Thurman, 2011]. Birds given their realizing nature are not desired by airports. Birds cause air crashes, vision impairment among pilots, and millions of dollars in damages to aircraft. First, birds cause bird strikes; this is a term that pertains to collisions between birds and aircraft. Bird strikes are not always a hazard, but can be crucial when the bird is sucked into the aircraft’s engines causing technical damages to the aircraft. When a bird is sucked into the engine cells of an airplane, it causes aircraft malfunctions which can make them fall out of the sky. Aircraft engines are very delicate and cannot withstand the impact of a bird strike due to the speed at which the two are moving [Lloyd, 2009]. According to the FAA’s wildlife strike database, 99,411 wildlife strikes have been reported since 1990 [Transportation Research Board, 2011]. Next, bird strikes cost the United States millions of dollars in damages. The United States suffers a total of 625 million dollars annually in damages due to bird strikes [Transportation Research Board, 2011]. Also, since the beginning of the FAA’s database for wildlife strikes, which started in 1990, the U.S has lost 1.2 billion dollars in damages [Transportation Research Board, 2011]. Bird strikes jeopardize human lives and have resulted in the loss of 190 lives and 52 aircraft in civil aviation since [John Allan, 2011]. Robin Lloyd also noted that bird strikes have resulted in around 200 fatalities since 1988. Aside from civil aviation, the effects of bird harassment are felt in military as well. (Richardson and West 2000)...
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