USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Bird-strikes (collisions between birds and aircraft) pose a significant threat to aviation safety. Naval Air Facility El Centro, CA lost an F-18 jet to a bird strike in October 1995. To help combat this threat we developed a bird-avoidance model as a risk management tool to help the Navy plan training flights in areas and during times of low bird activity at the installation. The calculated bird-strike risks were published as a web page to be maintained on the installation’s internet server for easy access by flight crews, flight-safety officers, airfield managers, natural resource managers, and other Navy personnel.
Zakrajsek, E. J., and J. A. Bissonette. 2001. Development of a bird-avoidance model for Naval Air Facility El Centro, California. Project Report No. 5. USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Utah State University, Logan Utah.