The Bird-Aircraft Strike Hazard in the Canal Zone.
Technical rept. 18 Oct 71-7 Nov 72,
AIR FORCE WEAPONS LAB KIRTLAND AFB N MEX
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A serious bird-aircraft strike hazard exists within the Canal Zone and the Republic of Panama. Even though Panama has a very large resident bird population, a dramatic increase occurs during the migration period when transients cross between the North and South American Continents. The greatest hazards result from large aggregations of vultures and hawks migrating, and the soaring of these migrants in thermals and updrafts. There is no effective method known for dispersing either raptor concentrations or the thermals. Therefore, control recommendations are to maintain the airfield in a manner that is undesirable to the birds and to schedule flying missions when the raptors will not be active. Author
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