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Old January 20th, 2009, 09:16 PM
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Originally Posted by richstacy
Nope, they are still Canada Geese .
I think your friend is right. I once saw a video of the FAA shooting thawed turkey carcasses into the huge fanjet that powers a B777 the engine did not explode and the titanium turbine blades remained intact, although severe damage was done! This is a problem that little can be done about. There was an article in the Denver post the other day in the wake of the Hudson River crash about the US Fish and Wildlife people having three dedicated employees shose job it is to keep geese and ducks aways from Denver International Airport. I had the impression they even shoot them if necessary.
They did a pilot project at the airport here where they use birds of prey. Well, first they wake up the birds every morning with loud booming canon sounds to wake up the ones that settled in during the late night wee hours of Morning, and then they release birds of prey, apparently at this airport it has cutt down the incidence of birds in the area dramatically, and bird strikes, so much so this is being done now in Toronto. It's kind of neat. You can see the handlers of the birds of prey, and Sam knows one of them well. I know my friend is right about the engine damage, because he is the one who "condems" the engines to their final end. The damage from large birds is just to extensive to ever fix. He's never seen one from a large bird that could be repaired. It's incredible to think a bird can do that much damage to something so large. I have seen many many pictures and it always amazes me.
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Old January 20th, 2009, 09:37 PM
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Delft, I re-read the article and they are doing exactly the same here with the hawks and other birds of prey, fireworks and noisemakers mostly. Fortunately the birds of prey don't 'flock' like geese and ducks.
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