Miltronix have launched the newest State of the Art 3D Bird Strike Radar system in the world

Japan Airlines flight bound for New York made an emergency landing in Tokyo on Tuesday due to engine trouble caused by a bird strike. And it wasn’t the only recent case of an avian impediment causing problems for pilots – back in July, an AirAsia X flight had to divert to Brisbane after a suspected bird strike.
“Aircraft are designed and built to withstand bird strikes and pilots undergo rigorous training to enable them to deal with eventualities like a bird strike,” said BALPA flight safety specialist, Stephen Landells.

“In my flying career, I have experienced 10 bird strikes, none of which caused any significant damage. On half the occasions, in fact, due to the small size of the birds, I was not aware that I had hit one until inspecting the aircraft after landing.”

Patrick Smith, a US pilot and author of the book Cockpit Confidential, adds: “As you’d expect, aircraft components are built to tolerate such impacts. You can see web videos of bird carcasses being fired from a sort of chicken-cannon to test the resistance of windshields, intakes, and so forth.”

“Birds don’t clog an engine but can bend or fracture the internal blades, causing power loss,” explains Smith. “The heavier the bird, the greater the potential for harm. Flying at 250 knots (the maximum allowable below 10,000 feet, where most birds are found) hitting an average-sized goose will subject the plane to an impact force of over 50,000 pounds. Even small birds pose a threat if struck en masse. In 1960, an Eastern Airlines turboprop went down in Boston after an encounter with
a flock of starlings.”

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