Bird Strikes
Posted: 01 July 2017 07:45 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I just watched the movie Sully. If you haven’t seen it, see it. What I’d like to know is, the problem of bird strikes just seems like such a solvable problem. Can’t a high strength conical screen of some sort be placed over the front of the engines to deflect birds? Any engineers or pilots here?

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Posted: 01 July 2017 10:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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That was a great movie, though I’ve heard they villainized the investigative board, but then, they did have a gripping movie to make, and it was.

CuthbertJ - 01 July 2017 07:45 PM

I just watched the movie Sully. If you haven’t seen it, see it. What I’d like to know is, the problem of bird strikes just seems like such a solvable problem. Can’t a high strength conical screen of some sort be placed over the front of the engines to deflect birds? Any engineers or pilots here?

Too big and clunky.

see
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/22/nyregion/22engines.html
also
aviation.stackexchange -DOT- com/questions/14342/would-it-be-viable-to-install-a-screen-in-front-of-jet-intakes-to-prevent-them-f

But there are alternative deterrents being used.

10 ways to prevent plane bird strikes
By Tom Geoghegan
BBC News, Washington
6 November 2013
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http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24751208

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Posted: 02 July 2017 03:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Very interesting, thanks, especially the stack exchange link.

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Posted: 02 July 2017 04:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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CuthbertJ - 01 July 2017 07:45 PM

I just watched the movie Sully. If you haven’t seen it, see it. What I’d like to know is, the problem of bird strikes just seems like such a solvable problem. Can’t a high strength conical screen of some sort be placed over the front of the engines to deflect birds? Any engineers or pilots here?

On the surface that sounds like an easy fix but not so much.  The added weight, the interference with aero dynamics plus a huge loss of power from the engines would not be acceptable.  Anything that interferes with the air flow on a turbine engine greatly reduces the efficiency of the engines.

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Posted: 05 July 2017 07:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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The most common way seems to be to discourage birds from nesting near airports.  It doesn’t help that a lot of airports were originally built near wetlands because the land was cheaper.

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Advocatus - 05 July 2017 07:20 AM

The most common way seems to be to discourage birds from nesting near airports.  It doesn’t help that a lot of airports were originally built near wetlands because the land was cheaper.

Right, I’ve seen shows about these companies that do just that - manage birds around airports. It seemed so silly honestly so that’s why I posted my OP. But now that I know the reason, these companies make sense.

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Posted: 05 July 2017 06:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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CuthbertJ - 05 July 2017 10:06 AM
Advocatus - 05 July 2017 07:20 AM

The most common way seems to be to discourage birds from nesting near airports.  It doesn’t help that a lot of airports were originally built near wetlands because the land was cheaper.

Right, I’ve seen shows about these companies that do just that - manage birds around airports. It seemed so silly honestly so that’s why I posted my OP. But now that I know the reason, these companies make sense.

For airports that are really cool there’s PIPER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qzf4hVT9pws

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