[Tweeters] Renton airport anti-bird measures question

Diane Weinstein Diane_Weinstein at msn.com
Mon Nov 28 19:14:04 PST 2016

I believe I may have posted a link to this National Geographic article before, but it is just as relevant today as it was then as next to nothing has changed.

Bloody Skies: The Fight to Reduce Deadly Bird-Plane Collisions
Why doesn't the FAA adopt avian radar tracking to help pilots avoid colliding with birds?

See: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131108-aircraft-bird-strikes-faa-radar-science/#close-modal

Some key points from the article:
- According to Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, the risk of airplanes striking birds is just as great today as it was when he landed his crippled jet on the Hudson River.
- None of the National Transportation Safety Board recommendations have been fully implemented. Instead an aggressive wildlife culling effort has and is continuing to be done.
- Stepped up USDA killings haven't materially reduced the number of Canada geese strikes. The culling does nothing to prevent collisions with migrating birds.
- Avian radar along with the knowledge of bird migration patterns can be used to reduce collisions with birds, but it is not being done at any significant level.
- Politics and reliance on the USDA to kill wildlife is keeping avian radar from being used.
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport installed and has been using an Accipiter Radar system.
- Capt. Sullenberger states "There's always this constant tension between doing what's easiest, what's quickest, what's least costly, versus taking the time, making the effort, to doing it right."

Something I haven't seen discussed anywhere is why planes are so vulnerable and what can be done to change that. Surely, there must be some engineering design, materials, or technological changes that could be made to prevent a bird as small as a sparrow from taking down a plane.

Lastly, there are two organizations that I know of, Predator Defense and the Center for Biological Diversity, that are fighting to protect wildlife from unnecessary killing by Wildlife Services. See the links below and if so inclined, consider them tomorrow on Giving Tuesday.



Predator Defense - The USDA Wildlife Services ' War on ...<http://www.predatordefense.org/USDA.htm>
Predator Defense is working to reform the USDA Wildlife Services, which kills millions of wild animals each year with taxpayer money, using methods that are not only ...


Targeting Wildlife Services - biologicaldiversity.org<http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/wildlife_services/>
Targeting Wildlife Services. OUR CAMPAIGN TO SAVE SPECIES FROM A ROGUE FEDERAL AGENCY ACTING FOR PRIVATE INTERESTS. A little-known agency known as "Wildlife ...

Diane Weinstein

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