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Lighting and Bird Strikes

by John White |  | 1 comment

Aircraft Using Lighting To Avoid Bird StrikesResearchers are working to understand how to reduce airplane-bird collisions in an effort to improve safety and reduce the cost of damage to aircraft. The first thing that researchers have been doing is to find out how birds see things in an effort to understand why they collide with moving aircraft. A group of researchers have been trying to determine how birds see. As an example, Canadian geese can see further out on either side of their heads, but more importantly they can see ultraviolet light which is NOT visible to humans.
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Each year aircraft and birds collide causing significant damage to aircraft and resulting in expensive aircraft repairs. In the LiveScience article the authors note that a research wildlife biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture by the name of Bradley Blackwell has led a research time to learn how birds see their world. The team focused on Canadian geese who are the most responsible offenders for bird strikes to aircraft. Using what is known about the visual system of Canadian geese learned by flying small remote control aircraft over some Canadian geese they found the geese reacted quicker to pulsing lights and discovered that they can see ultraviolet light (which humans can not see). The researchers have recommended that ultraviolet/violet lights on aircraft to alarm geese and encourage them to get out of the way of the aircraft. If you have any experience with bird strikes to your aircraft we would love to hear from you. In the meantime keep your wings straight and level Hersch! Please share "Aircraft Lighting and Bird Strikes" with your friends using the buttons below. Thanks!           Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7+ ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!

Comments (1)

  • Matt Gregg on June 24, 2019

    I am a Pilot, and a Former Air Traffic Controller. Now a days, I run a commercial lighting company. A few weeks ago, I had a manufacturer from the netherlands come to my office declaring to have a lighting product that “birds don’t like” and they claim its for use at Airports, or places where birds are a pain. They sent me a sample of the light which is definately different. I am curious if it really works, but have no idea how to ever test the theory!

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