Accession Number : AD0774568

Title :   Falconry as a Means of Reducing Bird-Aircraft Strike Hazards at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 15 Sep 72-22 Apr 73,

Corporate Author : ALBUQUERQUE UNIV NM

Personal Author(s) : Mattingly, Edwin

Report Date : JAN 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 39

Abstract : A serious bird-aircraft strike hazard exists at Whiteman AFB (WAFB), MO, because of the resident flock of protected Greater Prairie Chickens (Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus) which may be found on and near the runways. In recent years an increasing traffic load, involving mostly jet aircraft, frequently with highly sensitive cargo, has raised the strike hazard to intolerable limits. During the last 5 years, a minimum of 12 bird/aircraft strikes were recorded each spring. After almost all conventional methods of bird control has been tried with only partial or temporary success, a program of continual harrassment using combinations of men, dogs, and falconry proved the most effective in the spring of 1973. Two air strikes were experienced early in the test program and none after that. By techniques described herein, the strike hazard at WAFB was reduced by at least 83.3%. (Author)

Descriptors :   *AVIATION SAFETY, *BIRDS, *HAZARDS, *MISSOURI, CONTROL, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, FIELD TESTS, AIR FORCE RESEARCH, AVIATION ACCIDENTS, JET AIRCRAFT.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE