Accession Number : AD0764828

Title :   Reduction of the Bat Hazard to U.S.A.F. Aircraft.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 1 Jun 72-31 May 73,

Corporate Author : STATE UNIV OF NEW YORK AT BUFFALO DEPT OF BIOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Williams, Timothy C. ; Williams, Janet M. ; Ireland, Leonard C.

Report Date : 31 MAY 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : Work has concentrated in four areas; analysis of emergence pattern and correlation with weather conditions; test and evaluation of bat avoidance program at Randolph Air Force Base; use of tracking radar for following bat flight; and effects of strobe lights in bat dispersal. Data indicates there is a tendency for certain flight formation to occur with certain synoptic conditions such as the passage of a cold front. A test of the proposed avoidance program involving three way communication between TRACON radar, weather radar and control approach was 100 percent successful. Data indicate tracking radar can be used and gives a three dimensional picture of bat movements. It was demonstrated that bats avoided areas where high intensity strobe lights were in operation but extensive tests were not performed due to possible visual damage to ground personnel and it is unknown if bats will habituate to strobes. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *AIRCRAFT, *BATS, HAZARDS, CONTROL, RADAR TRACKING, DETECTION, WARNING SYSTEMS, AIR FORCE RESEARCH, AVIATION SAFETY.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE