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Old 09-03-2012, 07:08 PM
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Default Bird strike

While out flying this morning I had a close call with damaging my baby. During the landing flare I hit a bird with the leading edge. After cleaning the wing there was no visible damage. You can see in the picture the outline of the birds wing including the feathers which From the leading edge to the tip of what appears to be the wing tip is approx. 7".



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Old 09-03-2012, 08:02 PM
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Very lucky!

I hit a bird on the 2nd flight take off. Hit right on he rivet line and left feathers and skin. No damage to the plane, but the bird was KIA.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:03 PM
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Default Close call is right!

Ouch! It appears slow speed impact is what spared you from real damage. I've really slowed down my pattern speeds due to bird strikes. Seems to give us both time for avoidance and you just provided hard evidence to damage mitigation.

Good post & good luck!

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Old 09-03-2012, 09:29 PM
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We hit a bird just after takeoff from STL a couple years ago in the company Citation. We landed and checked the winshield - damaged but didn't look that bad. $29k and 2 days later, we were back in the air again!
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:11 AM
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Low speed is the lifesaver. I chopped couple of ornithopters last year but damages were not collateral. Now I fly much slower
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:51 PM
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Curtis,

Glad to see you didn?t receive any damage. So, are you going to put a kill marking under your canopy?

Rob
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:17 PM
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Rob,

I had not thought of a bird kill decal, I'll have to check into that.
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