International Bird Strike Committee - Articles and news items
Following the recent events in New York, Dr John Allan, Chairman of the International Bird Strike Committee, looks at the current risk from birdstrikes and what can be done to control it.
Bird strike prevention is a splendid subject for the appreciation of an airport’s Safety Management System and even indicative for the maturity of its business plan. Airports are open systems by nature and by culture. Birds are free to migrate around the globe but are constrained in their possibilities to stopover at the airport and its periphery. Just as all other habitats, the airport landscape tends to have a settled bird population and access for newcomers is regulated by behavioural rules; just like landing airplanes when guided in by air traffic control. The capacities of ecosystems and airports provide keys for the management to control natural and human risk factors. Bird strikes may escalate dramatically where these two factors interfere unforeseen. Technologies to monitor and predict risks and to support decision making are developing fast.