Airport tests new way to avoid deadly bird strikes

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  1. sobore
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    When birds and planes collide, the results can be deadly. That’s why airports around the world work hard to keep birds away, even resorting to shooting or poisoning large flocks.
    One Ohio airport is now experimenting with a new, gentler way to avoid bird strikes: planting tall prairie grass.

    Heavy birds like geese — which cause the most damage to planes — are believed to avoid long grasses because they fear predators might be hiding within. So officials at Dayton International Airport are converting up to 300 acres of the airfield’s 2,200 non-aeronautical acres into prairie grass. The goal is, by the end of this year, to plant the tall grass under the takeoff and landing paths.
    There are more than 10,000 airplane bird strikes a year in the U.S. Most do little or no damage to the plane. The most frequent problem is damage to the engines. The FAA estimates that such damage costs the industry $950 million a year

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    Love it. An organic solution. :)
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  3. blackjack-21

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    That may work for airports with space around them to plant the tall grasses and shrubbery, but some airports are too close to larger cities with their concrete towers and less green space to do so.

    One example is LGA, near Manhatten and almost completely surrounded by water. Just ask Captain Sully aboard US Airways flight 1549.

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