Future Tech May Reduce Bird-Plane CollisionsPublication: National Geographic News Date: February 7, 2009 View Article
To protect future flights, scientists are hard at work on ways to keep birds away from planes.
Most of today’s anti-bird-strike efforts are ground-based, focusing on making airports less inviting to birds by removing ponds, exterminating the bugs birds eat, firing noise cannons, installing artificial owls, and so on.
But the next frontier in bird-strike prevention is the sky.
Bird-disturbing radar, pulsing lights, and reflective coatings may someday make aircraft more visible to birds, so they have time to dodge oncoming planes.