Helicopters and wetlands - Altona

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Subject: Helicopters and wetlands - Altona
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2007 12:40:24 +1100
Martin wrote: "As you may have discovered there has been little work done on 
the impacts of aircraft on birdlife in Australia."

There are reasons for not having good bird habitat near airports. That is not 
an anti conservation statement. There have been human fatalities & planes lost 
due to bird strike, although I think only outside Australia. Outside Australia 
there are many references on this topic. Taking this issue to what may be the 
inverse of what was intended, there has also been little work done on the 
impacts of birdlife on aircraft in Australia. The relevant Gov. dept did 
formerly have a section that monitored this issue and had authorities to be 
involved with safety issues at airports. They also issued annual reports for 
about ten years, up until about 1987, of all bird strike events and hazards at 
all Australian airports. Whilst at Canberra University I obtained these and 
summarised their results by groupings of bird types according to likely risk 
factors, as an unpublished report (1990) entitled "A review of the use and 
effectiveness of methods for reducing bird strikes at and around airports". The 
only Australian reference book I know of on the subject is: G.F. van Tets, 
W.J.M. Vestgens, A.H. D'Andria & R. Barker, 1977 "Guide to the recognition of 
aerodrome bird hazards", Australian Department of Transport & AGPS. ISBN: 0 642 
01313 6.


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