Bird Strike Committee USA
Bird Strike Committee USA is a volunteer organization directed by a 10- to 15-person steering committee consisting of 2-3 members each from the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, aviation industry/airlines, and airports.
Some Stats: Did you know that?
– Over 219 people have been killed worldwide as a result of bird strikes since 1988.
– Bird and other wildlife strikes cost USA civil aviation over $620 million/year, 1990-2007.
– Over 5,000 bird strikes were reported by the U.S. Air Force in 2007.
– Over 7,600 bird and other wildlife strikes were reported for USA civil aircraft in 2007.
– Studies indicate only about 20% of bird strikes to civil aircraft at Part 139-certificated (passenger service) airports in USA are reported. Less than 5% of bird strikes at General Aviation airports are reported.
– From 1990-2004, USA airlines reported 31 incidents in which pilots had to dump fuel to lighten load during a precautionary or emergency landing after striking birds on takeoff or climb. An average of 11,600 gallons of jet fuel was released in each of these dumps.
– Waterfowl (31%), gulls (26%), and raptors (18%) represented 75% of the reported bird strikes causing damage to USA civil aircraft, 1990-2007.
– Over 760 civil aircraft collisions with deer and 250 collisions with coyotes were reported in the USA, 1990-2007.
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