Using Prairie Grass to Prevent Bird Strikes

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Using Prairie Grass to Prevent Bird Strikes

September 9, 2014 by  
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Conservationists are sure to give the thumbs-up to a new plan being implemented by Dayton International Airport in Montgomery County, Ohio, to plant prairie grass at airports in an effort to prevent birds colliding with airplanes. The reasoning behind the strategy is that large birds, such as geese, which can cause significant damage in a bird strike, tend to steer clear of tall …

Fascinating Tales at Carolinas Aviation Museum

June 10, 2014 by  
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Dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson” and described as “the most successful ditching in aviation history”* the story of US Airways Flight 1549 is legendary. On January 15, 2009, the Airbus A320-200 had 150 passengers and five crew members on board when it took off at 3:27 pm EST from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport en route to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport as a stopover before heading to Seattle-Tacoma International…

Electric Taxi Service for Airplanes

February 4, 2014 by  
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In the ongoing quest to cut costs, as well as reduce air and noise pollution, the aviation industry has been looking at using electric-powered vehicles to tow airplanes to a holding area at the start of the runway …

Dangerous Pastime Compromises Aviation Safety

November 5, 2013 by  
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In February 2012, the act of aiming the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft, or at the flight path of an aircraft, in the United States, became a criminal offense when President Barack Obama signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 into law. A recent FAA report reveals…

Ongoing Research Addresses Bird-Strike Problems

October 22, 2013 by  
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The recent bird strike that caused American Airlines Flight 289 to turn back to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport has highlighted the ongoing issue of wildlife and aviation safety. Soon after taking off for Shanghai the crew reported experiencing a problem which was later described as a bird strike…

Air Traffic and Noise Pollution on the Rise

September 10, 2013 by  
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The fact that reduced engine noise in new aircraft is viewed as a selling point, highlights the problem of noise pollution in highly populated areas. As air travel becomes more accessible to more people and the number of airplanes landing and taking off from airports continues to increase, noise pollution caused by this upsurge in air traffic…

Wildlife Hazards and Aviation Safety

June 19, 2012 by  
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With recent FAA data revealing that aircraft bird strikes in the United States continue to pose a significant threat to both civil and military aviation, the services of the Bird Strike Committee USA are more necessary than ever before…

Rockford Airfest 2012

May 31, 2012 by  
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Chicago Rockford International Airport is the venue for the rock Airfest 2012 on June 2-3. Promoted as a “Celebration of Freedom” this family-fun event will be featuring the spectacular US Air Force Thunderbirds…

Airplanes Add to Snowfall at Airports

July 5, 2011 by  
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Researching and studying the holes that are made by aircraft in clouds, referred to as canals or hole-punches, has revealed very interesting facts for researchers. A team of researchers concentrated on six airports in particular, including the very busy Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. By looking at the effect that aircraft had on the clouds, it was found that their disruption of the clouds could lead to either snowfall or rain within a sixty mile radius around the airport. The unusual holes can therefore set off a reaction to create additional rain or snow.

Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum

March 1, 2011 by  
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Located in a picturesque setting alongside the Hood River at the Oregon airport, the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM) is home to an impressive collection, including more than 80 aircraft and over 130 automobiles, motorcycles, tractors and military jeeps, the majority of which are still in good working order. With over two acres of indoor hangar displays, a visit to the WAAAM is not dependent on the weather and is a great venue for a family outing. Moreover, on the second Saturday of every month the displays get mobile, with planes taking off and landing, and antique vehicles cranking up to go.

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