This article describes the control methods used to cut down on bird strikes at the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment at Boscombe Down, the major Flight Test Centre in the United Kingdom, especially after the institution of a full-time Bird Control Unit there in 1976, which resulted in a considerable reduction in the problem. The methods used are intended to deter birds from the area rather than exterminate them. The most effective method of active deterrence was the use of specially trained falcons. In addition, SAPPHO Bird Distress Call broadcasting equipment was fitted to the fire-rescue and other vehicles and augmented by bird-scaring explosive cartridges fired by personnel driving the vehicles.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Air Traffic Control Association

    525 School Street, SW, Suite 409
    Washington, DC  United States  20024
  • Authors:
    • VASS, L
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 13-16
  • Serial:

Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Bird strikes
  • Subject Areas: Aviation; Safety and Human Factors; Terminals and Facilities;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178730
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Journal of Air Traffic Control
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM