Risk Mitigation- Bird Hazards

Misconceptions about Bird Hazards.

There are some Common misconceptions  about bird strikes which may give pilots a false sense of security and prevent them from reacting appropriately to the threat of a  bird strike or an actual event are as follows:-

(a)  Birds don’t fly at night, in poor visibility, such as in clouds, fog, rain, or snow.

(b)  Birds can detect airplane landing lights, weather radar and avoid the airplane.

(c)  Airplane colours and jet engine spinner markings help to repel birds.

(d)  Birds seek to avoid airplanes because of aerodynamic and engine noise.

(e)  Birds dive to avoid an approaching airplane.

None of the above misconceptions have any scientific data to back them.

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