Airbus developing aircraft bird deterrent

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is developing an embedded acoustic system under its Bird Impact Repellent and Deterrent System (BIRDY) programme.

“The challenge is to develop a system that is effective for large number of species of birds found across the globe,” said Nathalie Papin of Airbus who was attending a seminar at the Aeronautical Society of India.

According to estimates, airlines worldwide have lost USD 1.3 billion in direct damage and associated costs in terms of aircraft down-time.

According to an Airbus study, there is a 41 per cent chance that either an aircraft’s engine, nose, radome or windshield will be damaged by a bird strike. There is a seven per cent  chance of the fuselage or wings being damaged.

Under the BIRDY programme, an acoustic and visual system is being developed that would scare the birds when they come near an aircraft.

Airports currently use a system that emits electronic sounds, distress and alarm calls and predator attack cries to keep birds away, but it proves ineffective when aircraft gains height and moves away from airport with the majority of bird strikes occurring below 500 ft from the ground.

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