Wildlife Disease and Zoonotics


Date of this Version



R. A. Dolbeer. Trends in strike reporting, 1990-2013, May 2015, pp. 1 - 15.


U. S. government work.


Reporting of wildlife strikes with civil aircraft is voluntary for airports and pilots but strongly encouraged by the FAA via Advisory Circulars and other activities. In 2009, the FAA undertook a review of the trends in strike reporting from 1990-2008 to determine if mandatory reporting was needed, as was recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board in 2009. The review concluded that given the positive trends in reporting rates and species identification coupled with the decline or stabilization in damage strikes, mandatory reporting was not recommended at that time (2009) to achieve the objectives of the database. Recommendations were made to further enhance the reporting of strikes. The objective of this report is to determine if the positive trends in reporting documented in 2009 have been sustained based on the recommended outreach actions and if any changes are needed in FAA policies regarding strike reporting at this time. The primary focus is to examine strike reporting for the past 5 years (2009-2013) compared to the previous 5 years (2004-2008). Although this report covers both commercial and general aviation aircraft at Part 139-certificated and non-certificated airports as was done in the 2009 study, the focus of this report is strike reporting for commercial aircraft at Part 139 airports.