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Old 01-10-2013, 07:33 PM
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My RV is bright yellow. Maybe that will be a good deterrant?
I went to the same location of the strike on Saturday to get fuel. I found myself cautiously scanning for the buggers.
The bright yellow is as good as any IMO. I believe it is safe to say "birds" have vision that is far superior to we humans. I think they see us... I've been dodging the buggers for some 40 years now.

Your cautious scan Dan, is probably our most effective tool. I'm afraid the duty to avoid falls on us.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:16 PM
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I wonder sometimes if certain combinations are more prone to birdstrikes, as the critters seem to be drawn to me like a magnet. Aside from the half dozen quail I took out at once, I have had at least 4 other confirmed incidents in this airplane - all inside of 150 hours.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:19 PM
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I wonder sometimes if certain combinations are more prone to birdstrikes, as the critters seem to be drawn to me like a magnet. Aside from the half dozen quail I took out at once, I have had at least 4 other confirmed incidents in this airplane - all inside of 150 hours.
May I ask what color is your RV?
My friends was white with blue stripes.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:07 PM
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Painted like the P-51 "Old Crow". Silver, black, red/yellow checkerboard on the cowl.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:08 PM
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An EAA chapter member of mine had an encounter with a turkey vulture 2 weeks after he purchased this beautiful RV4. Fortunately, He was able to fly it back the 40 miles to his home base in Brooksville, FL (KBKV) after the tower confirmed he still had his gear intact. This is an amazing feat considering the damage incurred. It just goes to show how incredibly strong these aircraft are engineered.
We checked the wing alignment Saturday to insure the spare had not been compromised. It had not.
We'll be able assess in more detail once the wing skin is removed.

http://www.3dsky.us/rv7/images/img_1942.jpg
http://www.3dsky.us/rv7/images/img_1940.jpg
Great news!
Bruce flew his RV4 post birdstrike, for the first time today.
She was sporting a brand new paint job & paint scheme.
He said she flew "flawlessly".

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Old 03-18-2013, 09:52 PM
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Wow, she looks great. Super repair and paint job.

Out of interest, I went and looked up Turkey vulture information. Wikipedia (it must be right!) lists the mass as 0.8-2.3 kg. A believable RV speed is 160 kts, (82 m/s).

Using good old 1/2mV^2, the energy of the strike is 2700-7700 Joules. The upper end of this is getting dangerously close to the 10 kJ kill criteria (10 kJ imparted to mechanical system kills most anything). If it came through a canopy and hit you I don't know if a helmet would help or not.

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Ironic. I hit a turkey buzzard in a Mooney about 15 years ago in FL, same spot on the wing with similar damage. I think we were indicating about 145 knots.

Airplane was flying fine at 145, kept it there. Flew a long final (to a 12K' runway)... slowed to gear speed at 3K feet so we'd have enough to push over and regain airspeed, dropped the gear, and kept it at gear speed until about 2-3' off the runway, let the airplane settle when it was ready.

We discussed doing a controllability check but the potential loss of control and recoverability was our main concern and we had a long enough runway available to just land fast.

Considerations....
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Ironic. I hit a turkey buzzard in a Mooney about 15 years ago in FL, same spot on the wing with similar damage. I think we were indicating about 145 knots.
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At that speed, the buggers come up on you very fast.
We've learned to take evasive action using a quick stick pull up, as they tend to dive when they see you.
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I Love his new paint scheme. He's fighting back.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:55 AM
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At that speed, the buggers come up on you very quickly.
Amen, you should try 540KCAS sometime.
When they hit the airplane it"s rather pronounced...

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PS: the paint looks great...

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