Bird Strike Committee Proceedings



Todd Curtis

Date of this Version

May 1999


Since 1997, a World Wide Web site managed by a member of Bird Strike Committee USA and a site managed by the Committee leadership were instrumental in supporting Committee efforts to reduce these hazards. Based on insights gained from these two Web sites, a new site was created that contained the most effective elements of the earlier sites and new elements designed to enhance the ability of the Committee to accomplish its mission. The new elements included the acquisition and use of the domain name, the ability to electronically submit bird and other wildlife strike reports directly into the Federal Aviation Administration or Transport Canada strike databases, and a detailed risk assessment for bird strike related jet transport accidents in the U.S. and Canada. The risk assessment estimated that there is a 25% chance of a bird strike related fatal jet transport accident in the next 10 years. The paper provides an overview of the development process for the new Web site and a review of how the formal risk assessment was used to raise public awareness of this bird hazard issues. Also discussed was how the Web based risk assessment supported the efforts of Bird Strike Committee USA to advocate changes to reduce the risks associated with that hazard. The paper includes two exhibits containing both the risk assessment that is on the site and background information on the techniques of risk assessment.