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 grasses which may conceal predators, so planting prairie grasses in strategic places, such as takeoff and landing paths may keep the birds away from these areas.

Similar measures have met with some success at Dresden International Airport in Saxony, Germany, where grass has been left to grow long for most of the year. As they are unable to detect their prey in the longer grass, raptors no longer see the area as viable hunting grounds. Records reveal that there has been a notable and continuous decline in the number of bird species involved in bird strikes at Dresden International Airport.

In an effort to minimize noise pollution and for safety reasons, airports generally have large areas of unused land around their runways. Add to this the fact that airports are most often placed on the outskirts of urban centers, and it’s easy to see why they are attractive to birds, many of which may have been displaced by urban encroachment. Airport management teams around the world continue to investigate the best ways to prevent birds and airplanes colliding. Deterrent measures include recorded predator calls, sonic cannons or similar noise generating equipment to scare birds off, as well as trained falcons and dogs to take on the role of predator. Habitat modifying methods include using insecticides to kill off food sources that attract insect-eating birds (with obvious risks to the wellbeing of the birds), covering nearby ponds and wetlands with nets to discourage waterfowl, removing shrubs and trees that may provide nesting sites, and removing seed-bearing plants.

The Dayton International Airport plans to plant prairie grasses on up to 300 acres of its 2,200 acres of open space by the end of the year. Additional advantages of the prairie grass is its capacity for absorbing carbon dioxide, its ability to prevent water runoff and the fact that it only needs to be mowed every three years. Hopefully, these measures will achieve the desired results in preventing bird strikes.

Spotlight on Passenger Comfort at International Expo

March 26, 2013 by  
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Taking place in Hamburg, Germany, from 9-11 April 2013, Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013 is dedicated to the aircraft interiors industry and is the largest event of its kind in the world. The expo offers the opportunity to view the latest trends in all aspects relating to aircraft interiors, including cabin interior design, in-flight entertainment, passenger services and connectivity. Run concurrently with the World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo, the Aircraft Interiors Expo features more than 500 leading suppliers, many of whom use the event to launch new products. The expo is only open to visitors and exhibitors directly involved in the aircraft interiors industry.

As part of the expo, the Passenger Experience Conference will take place on 8 April 2013 at the Congress Center in Hamburg, and will feature panel discussions, case studies and the opportunity to network with leaders in the industry. The opening address will share insights on what passengers expect from the cabin environment and how airlines can go about meeting these expectations. Later in the morning Chairperson Blake Emery (Boeing‘s Director of Differentiation Strategy) and speaker Tom Costley (Group Director, Head of Travel & Tourism TNS UK) will present the topic “Embracing the Future Today” in which they will identify the major consumer trends; discuss what the implications of an increasingly digital and mobile world are on business and leisure; and what impact this is likely to have on airlines and the broader travel industry.

Devin Liddell (Principal Brand Strategist, TEAGUE) will consider “Five Unexpected Lessons Commercial Aviation Should Borrow from Other Industries”, highlighting trend analyses, brand audits and business metrics designed to determine the relationship between financial and brand performance in commercial aviation. Delegates will receive a detailed explanation on the abovementioned lessons, along with realistic strategies to implement these lessons. Other sessions of the Passenger Experience conference include the topics “Driving Extra Value from Inflight Entertainment Systems and Connectivity”; “Cabin Interiors to Support New Ways of Doing Business”; and “New Opportunities in Hospitality and Service”. Panel discussions with Q&A sessions will include a debate on Bandwidth and improving the travel experiences for passengers faced with reduced mobility, as well as creating a more personalized inflight experience.

eGenius at International Aero Expo

April 19, 2011 by  
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The 2011 International Aero Expo in Friedrichshafen, Germany, was host to a variety of exhibitors that attended the show to display their latest products and aircraft to buyers and to the public. The expo ran from 13 April to 16 April, and featured a diverse collection of aviation products, which included the new eGenius. This technology demonstrator was the project of Airbus, while the designers and builders of the prototype were from the University of Stuttgart. The presentation of the eGenius aircraft was a breakthrough for both Airbus and the university.

Airbus has been looking into developing ideas and prototypes of airplanes that can be developed and promote greener aviation solutions. The eGenius is a two-seater aircraft, which is propelled electrically, and is the start of a project managed by Airbus to investigate the possibilities of introducing electricity into aircraft as an alternative source of power and energy. The eGenius has been constructed with a fuselage large enough to spaciously accommodate two pilots, and has a wingspan of 16.86 meters. It has an engine power output of 60 kW and can reach a maximum cruising speed of 235 kilometres per hour. It also has a flight range of four hundred kilometres.

Airbus Senior Vice President of Product Strategy and Market Forecast, Christopher Emerson, commented on the vision that Airbus has with the development of the eGenius aircraft, saying: “It is our European Aviation Vision 2050 to reduce CO2-emissions by 75%, NOx by 90% and noise by 65% compared to levels in 2000. Airbus is therefore carefully studying all technologies available today for future alternative aviation energy-sources. By sponsoring experimental projects like the ‘eGenius’, we are gathering valuable experience and data for our further analyses and research activities in this area.”

Over and above the electric propulsion development project, Airbus has also been working with universities to create other alternative sources of energy, such as the fuel cell technology project that will hopefully be lead to aircraft being able to operate on the ground without emissions being released. With the development of the eGenius, Airbus is able to further their research and their development of alternative energy sources, striving to make the aviation industry environmentally friendly.

The New CTLS HL Aircraft

April 16, 2010 by  
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Flight Design, a German aviation company, was responsible for the release of the CTLS, which was a technological breakthrough in the aviation industry. The aircraft is sleek in its overall design, with longer, more elegant features. It has become a popular light sport aircraft, as the CTLS was designed according to suggestions and comments by customers and put together through intensive research. Now, as the CTLS is settling into its superior light sport aircraft position, Flight Design has unveiled an upgraded model known as the CTLS HL.

At the Aero Friedrichshafen Show, the new CTLS HL was introduced to the public and was especially designed with customers operating in high altitude areas in mind. To create the ideal aircraft that could be used as a glider tug in extreme altitude conditions, numerous changes had to be made to the design of the CTLS in regard to its weight, power and structure. The alterations made by Flight Design has led to the development of the CTLS HL, which will change the future for operators working from airports located at high altitudes.

The CTLS HL will have a slightly longer wingspan, as it has been lengthened by approximately twelve percent. A horizontal stabilizer has also been added, and a turbo charged Rotax 914 engine has been installed to give the new aircraft additional power. The maximum take-off weight on the CTLS HL is 600 kilograms, and it has been uniquely designed to enable floating equipment to be attached, if the customer requires this feature. Another wonderful feature of the CTLS HL is its steering. Flight Design has taken into consideration customers who are unable to use their legs to steer an aircraft, and have therefore made the announcement that they will also be producing their new aircraft with hand controls. The hand controls will be able to adjust elevation, control the rudder and adjust power as needed. The installation or the removal of this innovative feature will only take a few minutes, allowing Flight Design to provide the ultimate product to all its customers. The CTLS HL is currently in flight testing, and if all goes according to schedule, future CTLS HL owners will be able to place their orders for this extraordinary aircraft shortly.

Germany Airports

February 9, 2009 by  
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Germany is a very popular tourism destination and transport into and around the country is easily accessible. There are many international and domestic airports throughout the country so there is no need to spend hours on the road before you can go and explore. Lets have a look at a few of the main airports that you may use on your visit to Germany.

The Munich International Airport can be found about 28km northeast of the city of Munich so transport in and around the city is essential if you are going to get around. Hamburg also has an international airport named after the city it resides in, whereas the Frankfurt-Hahn, a commercial airport, is 130km west of the city of Frankfurt and is in fact closer to the town of Kirchberg, 10km away. Berlin-Schonefeld, is an international airport in Schonefeld, a town in Brandenburg, which caters mainly for international charter flights.

Cologne/Bonn International, one of Germany’s few 24-hour airports, is interestingly located in the Wahner Heide nature reserve so all that is required from you is to step out of the airport and your holiday begins. The Cologne/Bonn airport, the sixth biggest airport in Germany, is 16km northeast of Bonn and 15km southeast of Cologne. In Berlin you can find two international airports, the Berlin International Airport in Tegel and the Tempelhof International Airport just south of Tempelhof-Schoneberg. The Tempelhof International mainly has commuter flights within the country, as the runway cannot support large airliners like the Boeing 747.

Airports in Germany:

Berlin-Schönefeld International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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Situated right next to Berlin’s southern border in the town of Schönefeld in Brandenburg, Germany, the Berlin-Schönefeld International Airport once had the distinction of being the only airport that served East Berlin. Today it is better known locally as ‘the Holiday Airport’ since it conducts so many international charter flights. The Berlin-Schönefeld Airport is situated just outside the city, which means that it generates less noise pollution that the other two airports in Berlin – the Tegel International Airport and the Tempelhof International Airport. It is a very popular airport in Berlin and it is most frequently used by foreign travelers arriving or leaving the country.

The Berlin-Schönefeld International Airport is a public airport and it is operated by Berlin Airports. Built at an elevation of 154 ft (47 m), it mainly serves the nearby city of Berlin and is a point of call for many – even if only a brief one. In 2006 the airport served a massive 6 059 343 million passengers, making it one of Europe’s leading airports. The Berlin-Schönefeld Airport has one runway of roughly 9 843 ft (3 000 m) in length.

The Berlin-Schönefeld Airport was founded in 1934 when the Henschel aircraft plant was built in Schönefeld. Aircraft were actively constructed and tested here right up until the end of the Second World War and during that time roughly 14 000 airplanes were built at the plant. These operations ended in 1945 when the plant was dismantled and blown up by occupying Soviet troops. Sometime later the decision was made to transform the airport into a public airport that would conduct civilian air traffic in East Germany.

There are great plans on the horizon for Schönefeld as it is scheduled to be transformed into the Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport by 2011. Once construction begins on the new terminal, the Tempelhof airport will be closed. The Tegal airport will follow suite only six months after the airport has been renamed and the new section has been officially opened. The airport is served by the Berlin-Schönefeld Flughafen railway station which makes access to and from the airport convenient and easy.

Munich International Airport

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The Franz Josef Strauss International Airport is situated to the northeast of Munich, Germany. This massive airport serves as a hub for the airlines Lufthansa and Star Alliance and is more commonly known as Munich International Airport. The Munich International Airport is situated so that its four corners each lie in one of four municipalities of the city. These are Freising, Oberding, Hallbergmoos and Marzling. The Munich Airport is currently ranked the 7th most important airport in Europe and it is the second most important airport in Germany.

The Munich International Airport is a public airport that is operated by Flughafen Munchen GmbH. It serves the city of Munich and is situated at an elevation of 1 487 ft (453 m). The airport has two very large terminals. Terminal One caters to non-Star Alliance airlines while Terminal Two caters to Star Alliance airlines. Terminal One currently caters to the demands of 68 airlines. It has 60 stands, 14 boarding stations and 19 aerobridges. It also has six halls which are numbered A-F and can handle roughly 20 million passengers during the course of a year. Terminal Two has 24 aerobridges, 47 boarding stations and two halls – G and H. It has the capacity to handle 20-25 million passengers in a year. Terminal Two currently caters to about 26 Airlines. The airport has two runways, both of which measure 13 123 ft (4 000 m) in length and have a concrete surface.

The Franz Josef Strauss International Airport began operations in 1992 when it replaced the Munich-Riem Airport. Construction on the airport started in 1980 and the small village of Franzheim had to be demolished in order to make space for it. Today Munich International Airport sees thousands of people passing through its doors on a daily basis. The two terminals are connected by a shopping, business and recreation area that keeps passengers busy while they wait for their flights or transportation.

AIRTEC 2008 : Showcasing Aviation Innovation

November 4, 2008 by  
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If you’re looking for the next big aircraft event to be held in Germany, you’ll want to know more about Airtec. This international aerospace supply fair has been running since 2006 and has already enjoyed massive support, with the fair growing steadily in size each year. The 2007 Airtec fair had scarcely ended before plans began for the 2008 show and now its here!

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India Aviation 2008

September 23, 2008 by  
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The India Aviation 2008 is an exciting event for the country, as well as the aviation industry in India. In recent years India has seen a growth in the aviation industry, with the two main airlines operating in the country, Air Sahara and Jet Airways, gaining competition with the introduction of various other airlines into the market, including Indigo, Air Deccan, Kingfisher Airlines and SpiceJet. With the increase of private airlines, the industry has opened up doors to give way to business ventures and opportunities in regard to maintenance and repair of aircrafts, aircraft manufacturing, development of infrastructures and various employment prospects in the airline service field.

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Attend the Berlin Air Show 2008

April 1, 2008 by  
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The Berlin Air Show is a joint undertaking by Messe Berlin GmbH and the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI), and takes place every two years. The 2008 Berlin Air Show (ILA) is set to take place from 27 May to 1 June 2008 at the Schoenefeld Airport. The first three days of the air show will be devoted to interaction between aerospace product vendors and political, military and civil decision makers from Central and Eastern Europe. The Berlin Air Show will welcome visitors from the general public from 30 May to 1 June 2008.

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