Bird Strike Committee Europe,
DIRECTORATE OF CIVIL AVIATION COPENHAGEN (DENMARK)
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Although the problem of collisions between birds and aircraft bird strikes has existed since the first man-made aircraft took off from the solid soil, a world-wide systematic work with the problem birds present to aircraft, was not started up till the early 1960s. The start was brought about by the introduction of fast jet driven airplanes which had increased the danger of aircraft and birds sharing the same airspace. In November 1963 a symposium was arranged by the French authorities in Nice for discussions and lectures concerning this section of the air safety work. Three years later at the request of the NATO countries flight safety committee a meeting was held in Frankfurt, Germany, in July 1966 with the attendance of both military and civil personnel engaged in the question of flight safety, and at that meeting an organization called Bird Strike Committee Europe was created with the aim to begin a continuous international activity.