Review of Engine Ingestions to Wide Body Transport Aircraft,
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AIRPORT STANDARDS
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In January 1981, the Federal Aviation Administrations FA Northwest Region raised the issue of dual engine ingestion hazards to large, high bypass turbofan twin engine powered transport aircraft. The issue was whether dual engine failure was likely due to bird ingestions on twin engine aircraft equipped with high bypass turbofan engines. The Northwest Region, whose responsibility is certification of transport category aircraft, initiated a survey through air carriers worldwide, identifying damaging engine ingestions. The FAAs New England Region, who has responsibility for engine certification, initiated a review of engine ingestion data. In April 1981, an ad hoc team was formed to collect and analyze engine ingestion data. This paper presents some of the data and offers some considerations on how bird strike data should be collected and analyzed.