FAA: Airports need to take bird strikes seriously

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is redoubling efforts to force the nation’s airports to take the threat of bird striking aircraft more seriously. >> Photo (right) from bird strike at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska after Canada Geese struck a USAF training plane. >> New efforts by the FAA come on the heals … Read more

60,000 birds struck by aircraft since 2000

Almost 60,000 birds have been struck by commercial and private aircraft in North America a new FAA report revealed this week. The most common strike involved Mourning Doves: Pilots reported hitting 2,291 of the dove species between 2000 and 2008. In eight years the other avian strikes included gulls (2,186), European starlings (1,427) and American … Read more