Bird strikes pose a growing threat to civil aviation. Bird-related incidents cause as much as $1.36 billion worth of disruption every year, according to research. And if you don't have a robust bird hazard management plan in place at your airport, you could be liable.
In our latest eBook, we explore official regulations and the bird detection and mitigation solutions you need to keep your operations running smoothly.
Here's a sneak peek...
Official Regulations and Guidance
Official regulations require airports to continuously evaluate bird hazards and adopt measures to minimise the risk of collision between birds and commercial aircraft. Many authorities also offer optional guidelines to help you strengthen your defences.
With so much information available, it can be difficult to know who to listen to. Our eBook helps you cut through the noise and identify the strategies that are right for you.
Bird Detection and Mitigation Solutions
The second half of our eBook explores the best bird hazard management solutions for your airport. We split this into two categories: detection and mitigation.
Airport bird control solutions come in a range of shapes and sizes. Bird Controllers and Wildlife Management Teams at smaller airports typically rely on manual observations and automated camera systems to detect avian threats.
But for larger sites with multiple runways and constant activity, bird controllers need higher-tech solutions.
In our eBook, you’ll discover how purpose-built avian radar provides the 360° coverage you need to detect and track bird activity across your airport. We outline the key capabilities you should look for in an avian radar system, including:
- 24/7, real-time tracking and 3D visualisation
- Simultaneous, automatic logging of hundreds of birds
- Comprehensive data collection – from size to speed, direction, and flight path
- Long-term pattern and behaviour analysis
Effective bird mitigation begins with habitat management. This varies depending on the location of your airport, but generally, it involves adapting the surrounding land so it’s less attractive to local bird populations.
Community engagement is equally important. Landfill sites and farms can attract large numbers of birds. Wildlife management teams must work with local authorities and communities to minimise this risk.
We then examine more direct mitigation solutions, including:
- Acoustic deterrents that use loud noises to scare birds away from airfields
- Bioacoustics that mimic natural distress calls to deter birds
- Ballistic countermeasures, such as CAPA cartridges, which frighten off high-flying birds above your aerodrome
Bolster Your Bird Defences. Download the eBook
The most comprehensive bird hazard management plans use a blend of detection and mitigation solutions. The tricky part is finding the right mix for your airport.
Download your free eBook to learn more about bird detection and mitigation solutions, as well as:
- The impact of bird strikes on civil aviation
- A real-world use case that demonstrates how Europe’s third-largest airport uses detection and mitigation solutions to minimise risk
- Practical advice on integrating detection and mitigation solutions into your processes and systems