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Old 05-28-2019, 01:13 PM
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Default DID YOU KNOW how often bird strikes occur

One thing that we like to do to better ourselves as an insurance broker is to stay current on everything we can related to aircraft insurance. This means we occasionally get the chance to scour the internet to learn new trends or just find out what people are interested in learning about. While doing this I came across an article from USA Today dated 2/6/19, ?Planes strike birds more than 40 times a day, FAA data show?. Here?s the link if you want to read up on it.

Although the article is referring more to commercial aircraft, it got me thinking, ?How often do light aircraft collide with birds?? According to the FAA, there were 12,728 reported bird strikes by civil aircraft in 2016. This is up from 1,758 in 1990. Over a 27 year study, the FAA shows a 724% increase in bird strikes. That?s crazy! The interesting thing is that strikes with damage is significantly lower than it was back in 1990. According to the FAA, the need for reporting all bird strikes is important to identify trends and develop strike prevention methods. Of course, awareness is a key factor in any loss prevention strategy as well. Pilots should always be on the lookout for bird activity, particularly during takeoff and landing.

Here is the link to the FAA article, where I found this information. It?s pretty interesting if you ask me.

Keep in mind that bird strikes are covered by your insurance policy and it's quite possible that you have a $0 deductible. If you have any questions, please contact your insurance carrier or broker.
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Old 05-28-2019, 03:12 PM
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Default Flying reptiles...?

I just want to know where planes are hitting flying reptiles! 36 strikes on aircraft in 2016. What is a flying reptile (around today at least).

Must be something out there I'm not familiar with, watch out!
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Old 05-28-2019, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by wcalvert View Post
I just want to know where planes are hitting flying reptiles! 36 strikes on aircraft in 2016. What is a flying reptile (around today at least).

Must be something out there I'm not familiar with, watch out!
Where do you see "flying reptiles"? The report lists "reptiles", and talks about wildlife strikes (N.B. not necessarily in-flight). Also lists terrestrial mammals, which probably aren't in flight either.

I'd guess things like alligators, tortoises, maybe even large snakes, etc., on the runway.
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:13 PM
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Default Bird Strikes

Thanks for sharing the information. I've noticed bird populations increase over the last 30 years of flying. I fly mostly in the high deserts of CA and NV and have a near-miss with a bird nearly every flight. I find it ironic and very entertaining that the FAA has regulated flying drones useless as dozens of birds are often flying higher than my drone and within 5 miles of an airport.
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Old 05-29-2019, 04:26 AM
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Birds have always been a problem with us flying humans in our machines it's just that reporting same has increased over the years due education and official channels to do same.
I've hit plenty of birds just not in my RV and not nesesarily airborne!
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Old 05-29-2019, 10:02 AM
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I don't know why everyone celebrates Captain Sully Sullenberger as a hero pilot. A good pilot would have avoided them... KIDDING. I have hit birds with a 737 twice. Once bounced off fuselage just below side cockpit windscreen. The other went into the engine and you could smell it. The engine ate it no problem.

Seen pictures of the aftermath of birds on GA planes and transports. The first eye opener was when I was new young pilot, and one of the rental Cherokees had a strike in the windscreen and hurt the pilot. I believe he had eye damage. Military jets have been taken out by bird strikes and of course miracle in the Hudson.

This is why I worry about high speed passes down low. If you hit a bird it will hurt. One thing birds will tend to turn 180 and dive if you fly up on them. I had one do that and it flashed by. Birds get more scarce higher up but there are plenty of them up as high as 5 to 10 thousand. If you do some research you will find the types of birds and migratory routes and seasons for your area.

The best bird experience was going over a Cascade mountain pass fairly high up, in a Piper Tomahawk (which has good viability). I flew by an Eagle circling my altitude several 100 feet away, and as I flew by it looked at me (seriously). I thought it might be saying, I don't need no stinking pilot certificate and plane, God gave me my wings. Ha ha seriously it happened (not the bird talk but he did eyeball me). Being a predator the Eagle did not seem concerned about the T-hawk trucking by.

That report is interesting. In the conclusion:
"Long-term goals include the integration of automated avian detection technologies (e.g. avian radar)
and bird migration forecasting into airspace management. The development of aircraft lighting systems
to enhance detection and avoidance by birds is also needed as part of an integrated program.

I am assuming wig wag lights are a bonus.
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Old 05-29-2019, 01:19 PM
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Default Bird strikes

Similar to the pilot flying in the CA & NV desert, the %'s of incidents seem to be somewhat geographical. A few yrs. back, I called on a (low wing metal ) aircraft for sale in Anaconda, Mont. In asking him his motive for selling: " have you ever flown over W., S.W. Mont. much?" He came w/in 50' of a Golden others chime in, stated many soaring, in large area of the state. Anaconda- another "flying reptile" example.
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Old 05-30-2019, 06:52 AM
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Default Oz styles

Here is a link to Australian aviation wildlife strike static?s:
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Old 06-10-2019, 10:24 AM
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I hit a bat in the work plane a few days ago. About a year ago, one of my co-workers took a coyote in the main landing gear.

The best I ever heard was a plane under-flew an eagle carrying a fish. Bird got scared, dropped the fish right onto the plane!
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:43 AM
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Default Premium increase?


After a bird strike, with minor damage of say less than $500 in repairs paid out by the insurance company, would it be typical to see a premium increase in future renewals?
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