Trends in Wildlife Strike Reporting, Part 1 - Voluntary System 1990-2008

A study was conducted in the mid-1990s to determine the level of participation of airports and other aviation safety stakeholders in the Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) voluntary wildlife strike reporting system. A statistical analysis of reported strikes resulted in findings that only a certain percentage of wildlife strikes were actually being reported. According to data collected since 1990, the number of reported strikes has increased. Researchers are certain that several factors have contributed to that increase, including broader participation in the reporting process, increased numbers of hazardous species, a steady increase in air traffic, and a change in reporting statistics. The primary objective of this analysis was to examine the trends in strike reporting from 1990-2008 to determine if the percentage of strikes reported to the FAA for inclusion in the National Wildlife Strike Database is increasing. A second objective was to document trends in the percent of strikes reported to the FAA that can identify the species of the wildlife struck, which is the most critical piece of data in a strike report. Based on the findings of the first two objectives, a third objective was to assess if the data presently collected under a voluntary system are adequate for understanding the problem of wildlife strikes in the United States, or if additional measures, such as mandatory strike reporting, should be taken. This report is the first of a two-part study focused on the subject of reporting wildlife strikes with civil aircraft in the U.S. Part 1 examines current strike reporting trends to determine if the current voluntary system is providing a sufficient quantity of data to support an accurate, statistical understanding of the national wildlife strike issue. Part 2 focuses on determining if changes are needed in the way wildlife strike data are collected by the FAA, and in particular if a mandatory reporting system needs to be implemented.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Pagination: 54p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01155808
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 29 2010 11:20AM