A US Airways pilot performed an emergency landing on the Hudson River soon after taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 3:27 p.m. Shortly after takeoff, both of the jet’s engines were instantaneously cut off by a flock of geese (generally known as a “double bird strike”).
The Hudson River disaster has brought forth unprecedented attention to “mysterious” bird strike calamities. However, bird strikes have been prevalent presumably since 1903—when the Wright brothers first roamed about in innovative engine planes.
Airport regions are ideal habitats for a variety of bird species, as airports have plentiful open space and rolling fields of luscious grass. Precautionary and preventative measures can be taken in order to reduce the chances of such a costly and ill-fated catastrophe from reoccurring.
Birds that aggressively protect their roosting habitats in airport spaces have unconsciously become immune to the busy traffic.
Birds need to be chased away from airport complexes prior to takeoff. This can be effectively done by making their environment unbearably inhabitable with the combined use of visual and sound deterrents as well as taste aversions—a commonly implemented three-part method. One must use bird spikes, bird lasers, bird nets, visual scare devices, annoying sounds, and/or repulsive tastes. If the three-part technique is executed correctly, birds will be forced to find another home farther from the airfield, hence reducing the risk of hazardous airborne tragedies.
More information about deterring pesky birds can be found on Bird-X‘s website.