Bird Strike Committee Proceedings


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Presented at 2011 Bird Strike North America Conference, September 12-15, 2011, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.


Copyright 2011 Dekker, van Gasteren & Both


Bird strike prevention is dictated by 3 main aspects of human behaviour:

•Give the Black Jack (+ the bill) to someone else!
•Do something!
•Genesis 1:28

Genesis 1:28

God said to them: “….Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground…”

In Western society this statement has justified and contributed towards a human centered approach towards nature.

Bird strike prevention Version 1.x and 2.x are based on this assumption. “Birds have to make way for undisturbed aviation operations”

Players in the bird strike prevention

Bird Strike Prevention Version 1.x “Do something” : active dispersal of birds

Bird Strike Prevention Version 2.x “Do something” : habitat management

Bird Strike Prevention Version 1.x / Version 2.x has been successful. But has reached its limits

Emphasis needs to be shifted!

Not just aimed at birds at or around airports

But also at birds overflying the airport coming from A, flying to B

Players in the bird strike prevention including overflying birds changes everything

Government is asked to “do something”

“Do something”
= “keep birds out of our way”
= pay the bill

Spatial planning
= how large an area is needed?
= in what way is the landscape affected?

Population management
= culling: to what extend?
= is it effective/ feasible?
= public acceptance?

In other words = how big is aviation’s footprint?