Increasing Birdstrike Rates and Improved Birdstrike Analysis of the Royal Netherlands Air Force,
ROYAL NETHERLANDS AIR FORCE VOLKEL
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An increasing concern about the birdstrike risk did not prevent some Western European countries, like The Netherlands, from being faced with an increasing birdstrike problem. The primary aim of the paper is to show why birdstrike statistics to a varying extent fail to produce a realistic picture of the birdstrike risk. Several type of biases will be described. The problems can be reduced by improving reporting standard and, especially, by taking microscopic examination of minuscule bird remains as a routine procedure. The most important result is a substantial growth of data on the species- and weight distribution of birds struck en route. In the case of high but normal jet fighter cruising speeds eighty per cent of all two-pound birds involved in birdstrikes appear to have caused damage.