Date of this Version
Presented at 2011 Bird Strike North America Conference, September 12-15, 2011, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Bird strike prevention is dictated by 3 main aspects of human behaviour:
•Give the Black Jack (+ the bill) to someone else!
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”
= “keep birds out of our way”
= pay the bill
= how large an area is needed?
= in what way is the landscape affected?
= culling: to what extend?
= is it effective/ feasible?
= public acceptance?
In other words = how big is aviation’s footprint?