Wildlife strikes are a continuing risk in all sectors of aviation. In recent years, the number of reported strikes, particularly bird strikes, has increased along with air traffic, and strike reporting has been emphasized by safety and regulatory organizations. While there is some evidence, particularly in the United States, that the number of damage-inducing strikes has declined, there are other risk factors to consider. For example, the presence of wildlife in an operating environment can cause potentially serious events such as missed approaches and rejected takeoffs. “Regardless of the impact of the animal on the aircraft, the decisions and reactions of the pilot can pose serious risks to flight safety,” according to Gary Searing, executive director of the Bird Strike Association of Canada.
IT for Wildlife Management
IT systems are playing an increasing role in reducing the risks of aircraft encounters with wildlife.