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-- -- terrorism isn't the only threat to air travel bird strikes soaring since the so called miracle on the Hudson that was January of last year.
Captain Chesley Sully Sullenberger landing US air flight 1549.
On the icy Hudson River after both engines were taken out.
By a flock of Canadian geese.
People on board survived but since then the problem has exploded.
At times becoming deadly now the bird strike tally for last year could top a record 10000.
For the first time.
Richard all -- a former scientist with the Department of Agriculture he's also an expert on bird plane collisions doctor no -- we don't get it -- why why this.
The explosion of bird strikes on planes in the past year.
Well I price it's nice to talk to you -- The reason for the explosion in this last year is -- like 1549.
Really changed the landscape.
The aviation community.
That birds are and significant real threat to aviation and are capable bring down a large flying.
So we've had a much better reporting of strikes in the last year up 530 to up 40%.
By the aviation industry -- airports and pilots.
Throughout -- cause they recognize.
Importing of strikes is in their best interest it provides the scientific.
For developing programs to mitigate the real.
Well I guess that doctor agrees saying they're reporting the awareness is up does that mean net debt burdens are also up the number of birds around major airports around the country has also risen -- -- Absolutely they have.
I you know we've done an outstanding job of environmental conservation and wildlife protection.
In North America since the 1970s.
And it and as a result of that.
Significant and in some cases incredible.
-- populations of almost all of our large bird species like Canada geese snow these.
Osprey bald Eagles sandhill cranes cormorants.
And -- these birds are competing with the aircraft right or air -- Well that's where the birds doctor but what about that that I mean these are clearly a risk to passengers so the birds are flourishing.
How -- we simultaneously keep airplanes safe without eradicating the birds near the airport.
Well it all comes down to integrated management programs.
To keep the airports as sterile as possible for birds.
So that they're not attracted.
And at the same time to have trained.
People -- all of our airport.
Who are ready and you know all kinds of day or night to -- birds -- other hazardous wildlife from the airport.
Environment when they do.
Try to get on to the airport now in addition.
A number of strikes -- in recent years and this is very troubling.
Are occurring outside of the airport environment such as flight 1540 not -- -- -- for.
Four miles from the airport 4800 -- Nothing we do on the airport is going to.
Reducing those strikes and so what we have to do there.
Aren't embrace technologies.
That will helpless in the two main technologies.
Are radar burden detecting radar.
-- -- that can help -- be integrated them with air traffic control and help.
Airports and pilots to avoid birds flying through air -- hello Jim Quigley doctor.
And then the last one is to use implement our lighting systems on aircraft that will help birds to better in -- And be able to avoid approaching aircraft it is in fact problem doctor Richard doll beer -- -- -- thank you sir.
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