Accession Number : AD0763112

Title :   The Bird-Aircraft Strike Hazard in the Canal Zone.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. 18 Oct 71-7 Nov 72,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE WEAPONS LAB KIRTLAND AFB N MEX

Personal Author(s) : Beason,Robert C.

Report Date : JUN 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : A serious bird-aircraft strike hazard exists within the Canal Zone and the Republic of Panama. Even though Panama has a very large resident bird population, a dramatic increase occurs during the migration period when transients cross between the North and South American Continents. The greatest hazards result from large aggregations of vultures and hawks migrating, and the soaring of these migrants in thermals and updrafts. There is no effective method known for dispersing either raptor concentrations or the thermals. Therefore, control recommendations are to maintain the airfield in a manner that is undesirable to the birds and to schedule flying missions when the raptors will not be active. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PANAMA, AVIATION SAFETY), (*AIRCRAFT, HAZARDS), (*BIRDS, HAZARDS), MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, LANDING FIELDS, AIRPORTS, RADAR, DETECTION, INLAND WATERWAYS

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Terminal Flight Facilities

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE