Ecological Aspects of Bird-Aircraft Strike Hazards.
AIR FORCE WEAPONS LAB KIRTLAND AFB N MEX
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The U. S. Air Force annually spends millions of dollars for the replacement or repair of aircraft components damaged by bird-aircraft collisions. A large percentage of these strikes occur on or in the immediate vicinity of the airfield. In order to effectively reduce the strike hazard at the airfield those features which serve to attract birds to the field must be identified and altered. The ecological survey is undertaken to identify the attractants. Selective procedures for altering the habitat can then be applied to reduce the problem without unnecessary destruction of the environment or avifauna in the area. The survey procedures established can be used by individual bases to obtain the information necessary for the application of selective corrective action. Willing, intelligent individuals at any base could perform a survey of such limited complexity as the one proposed in the report. Once the field work has been accomplished, it is recommended that a professional be consulted as to what corrective procedures should be used to eliminate or reduce the problem. Author
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