BIRD STRIKE COMMITTEE USA

 

Understanding and reducing bird and other wildlife hazards to aircraft

 

 

Updated 25 August 2005

 

2005 meetings

2004 Meeting in Baltimore has record attendance!

2003 meetings

Abstracts from meetings

Steering Committee

Report a Strike

Significant Strike Events

Links

News and Information

Top Ten Bird Strike Myths

Key Issues to Reduce Strikes

Fatal Bird Strike Risk (Risk Assessment)

Contact Us

 

WHY IS THERE A BIRD STRIKE COMMITTEE USA?

Bird and other wildlife strikes to aircraft annually cause over $600 million in damage to U.S. civil and military aviation. Furthermore, these strikes put the lives of aircraft crew members and their passengers at risk: over 195 people have been killed worldwide as a result of wildlife strikes since 1988. Within the United States there was no one forum where information or concerns dealing with this problem could be addressed. Bird Strike Committee USA was formed in 1991 to facilitate the exchange of information, promote the collection and analysis of accurate wildlife strike data, promote the development of new technologies for reducing wildlife hazards, promote professionalism in wildlife management programs on airports through training and advocacy of high standards of conduct for airport biologists and bird patrol personnel, and be a liaison to similar organizations in other countries.

Bird Strike Committee USA is a volunteer organization directed by a 9- to 12-person steering committee consisting of 2-3 members each from the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, and aviation industry.

WHEN AND WHERE DOES BIRD STRIKE COMMITTEE USA MEET?

The organization meets annually in conjunction with Bird Strike Committee Canada. The 2004 meeting, held in Baltimore, Maryland on 13-17 September, was highly successful. The meeting had 434 attendees from 23 countries, including 45 Airport Certification Inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration.

WHAT HAPPENS AT A BIRD STRIKE COMMITTEE USA MEETING?

There typically are four parts to a Bird Strike Committee USA meeting over 3 days. Part 1 is classroom and field training sessions on wildlife control at airports which cover both civil and military aviation. Part 2 consists of the presentation of technical papers and posters. Part 3 is exhibits and demonstrations with vendors. Part 4 is a field trip which generally covers the host airport and surrounding areas to observe management programs and habitat issues related to wildlife and aviation safety.

WHAT SUBJECT AREAS ARE COVERED DURING THE PAPERS AND REPORTS PORTION OF THE MEETING?

bird and other wildlife strike reporting/statistics
bird management and control techniques
research on new technologies to reduce wildlife hazards
training in wildlife management on airports
military concerns of wildlife hazards
aircraft engines/components related to wildlife hazards
policy/airport standards concerning wildlife hazards
land use and environmental issues concerning airports
bird migration and general ornithology related to aviation
remote sensing/modeling to detect and predict bird movements

ARE THERE ANY BIRD STRIKE COMMITTEE USA PUBLICATIONS?

Attendees of the annual meetings receive abstracts of the technical papers presented and a list of all attendees and addresses. Copies of papers presented may be obtained from authors who choose to provide them.

WHO ATTENDS BIRD STRIKE COMMITTEE USA MEETINGS?

Participation in the annual meetings is open to any person interested in reducing wildlife hazards to aviation and in wildlife and environmental management at airports. As examples, people from the following organizations have attended recent meetings:

Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association
Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Manufacturers
Air Line Pilots Association
American Association of Airport Executives
Airport management and operations personnel
Air Transport Association
Engineering/Environmental Consulting Firms
FAA Regional Airport Certification Personnel
Flight Safety Foundation
Humane Society of the United States
National Bird Strike Committees
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
State Wildlife Agencies
University and Private Research Facilities
USDA Wildlife Services
US Fish and Wildlife Service
US Department of Defense Personnel
Wildlife Management Companies


DID YOU KNOW THAT?

Over 195 people have been killed world-wide as a result of bird strikes since 1988.

Wildlife strikes cost U.S. civil aviation over $500 million/year, 1990-2004.

Over 4,300 bird strikes were reported by the U.S. Air Force in 2004.

Over 5,700 bird strikes were reported for U.S. civil aircraft in 2004.

An estimated 80% of bird strikes to U.S. civil aircraft go unreported.

Waterfowl (32%), gulls (28%), and raptors (17%) represented 77% of the reported bird strikes causing damage to U.S. civil aircraft, 1990-2004.

Over 650 civil aircraft collisions with deer were reported in the U.S., 1990-2004.

A 12-lb Canada goose struck by a150-mph aircraft at lift-off generates the force of a 1,000-lb weight dropped from a height of 10 feet.

In 1890, 60 European starlings were released in Central Park, New York City. Starlings are now the second most abundant bird in North America with a late-summer population of over 150 million birds. Starlings are "feathered bullets", having a body density 27% higher than herring gulls.

The North American non-migratory Canada goose population increased 3.6 fold from 1 million birds in 1990 to 3.6 million in 2003.

The North American population of greater snow geese increased from about 50,000 birds in 1966 to 700,000 birds in 2003.

The Great Lakes cormorant population increased from only about 200 nesting adults in 1970 to over 230,000 nesting adults in 2004, a 1,000-fold increase.

The North American white and brown pelican populations grew at average annual rates of 2.6% and 3.0%, respectively, 1966-2004.

At least 15,000 gulls were counted nesting on roofs in U.S. cities on the Great Lakes during a survey in 1994.

About 90% of all bird strikes in the U.S. are by species federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Meeting Information

Useful Links


For further information contact:

Richard Dolbeer, Chair, BSC-USA
6100 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky, OH 44870

(419) 625-0242
(419)-625-8465 fax
richard.a.dolbeer@aphis.usda.gov