Development of Bird Hazard Reduction for Airport Operational Safety,
PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OR
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Portland International Airport established its bird hazard reduction program in November 1978. At that time, bird control was a fairly new area to public airports in the U.S. Many concepts were available for hazard reduction, but there were not many tried-and-true programs in existence. PIA was recognized by the FAA as having one of the worst brid strike hazard problems in the country by strike reports that they received and by aircraft damage reported. The hazard reduction program produced dramatic results. A years average total for strikes after the programs inception has been consistently less than an average 2-3 months total prior to its implementation. Aircraft damage has been almost nil for five years. Dealing with a bird strike hazard means dealing with a problem that will probably never be eradicated, but can definitely be controlled with proper identification of causes and solutions.