REDUCTION OF BIRD HAZARDS TO AIRCRAFT: RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF STROBE LIGHT TECHNOLOGY AS A BIRD DETERRENT

Authors
  1. Green, J.
  2. Bahr, J.
  3. Erwin, R.
  4. Peel, H.
Corporate Authors
Transportation Development Centre, Montreal QUE (CAN);Delta Environmental Management Group Ltd, Vancouver BC (CAN);Southwest Research Inst, San Antonio TX (US);Chief of Research and Development, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Director Research and Development Air
Abstract
A two-phased assessment of the effectiveness of strobe lights to reduce bird strikes to aircraft was conducted from 1990 to 1993. Phase 1 included the construction and subsequent laboratory testing of a strobe device to assess bird reactions and determine the optimum strobe light design. Phase II was to have involved the in-flight evaluation of an airborne version of the strobe device. The Phase 1 tests demonstrated that test birds were aware of and respondedd physiologically to strobe light stimuli (i.e., significantly increased heart rates). It was concluded that if birds were to associate the strobe light with a threatening stimulus such as an approaching aircraft, the proposed strobe deterrent may be an effective means of reducing the potential for bird strikes to aircraft. Fifteen test options were subsequently evaluated for use during Phase II, two of which were recommended for in-flight testing of a strobe device. Neither option was considered to be financially or technically acceptable by TDC, and the project was terminated in December 1993. Although the Phase 1 study established a basis and design for aircraft-mounted strobe light deterrents, it is still not known if strobe light systems can effectively reduce the potential for bird hazards to aircraft. Further research and development is recommended.
Keywords
STROBE LIGHTS;BIRD STRIKES
Report Number
TP-11655E — Final Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 1993
Number of Pages
149
DSTKIM No
94-04863
CANDIS No
144209
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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