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This seems to be the week for bird strike related ideas, so I might as well toss my hat into the ring.
Some airports employ a falcon or hawk to fly around and scare geese away before planes take off. However, this only clears the area right around the runways and doesn't prevent bird strikes once
the plane is a few miles away but still at low altitude.
Therefore I petition the Federal Aviation Administration to require six Red-Tailed Hawk shaped kites to be installed on every aircraft, placed at various locations on the fuselage. These should be deployed whenever the plane is less than 10,000 feet above ground.
The bulk of the trip will be kite-free; the increased drag will only affect a few minutes around takeoff and landing.
||The kites won't respond well to this curtailed freedom. Besides, who will feed the kites in flight - is this the responsibility of the in-flight catering and are they experienced in feeding fuselage-attached birds of prey?
||I had the image of a person, with a basket full of kites balanced on his head, trying to sell them to the passengers and crew of a transatlantic flight.
||[Ian], I'll be happy to change the title to Kite Kites. But would geese recognize or respond to Kites?
||As frightful an image as a jet airliner traveling 200+ knots
trailing 6 model hawks (I wouldnt call a model hawk that
can survive 200+ knot wind a kite) is, I dont think this
would even slightly reduce the chance of birdstrikes. Birds
dont intentionally fail to get out of the way of jet airliners
because theyre not afraid of them, but because they
approach too quickly for them to perceive and evade.
Trailing a squadron of hawks behind the airliner wont at all
||Why not just paint the appropriate images on the plane in
||Targeted holographic projection? Drones that can travel
ahead of the plane, slow down to scare off birds, and then
catch back up?
||//Birds dont intentionally fail to get out of the way
of jet airliners// That is a very benign view of bird