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Dundee Airport regulating Star Wars-style ‘lightsaber’ to shock off birds

October 8th, 2015 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • Dundee Airport has incited to tool that shines laser for over a mile
  • Officials trust laser is some-more effective than regulating sound to shock birds
  • The device guarantees that a birds fly off in a conflicting direction  

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To fight a jeopardy of bird strikes causing repairs and delays to aircraft one UK airfield is regulating Star Wars as inspiration. 

Dundee Airport in Scotland is regulating a space-age ‘lightsaber’ to shock off a feathered animals.

The £8,000 hand-held tool emits a splendid immature light that has a operation of over a mile.

Dundee Airport workman Fraser takes to a runway armed with his lightsaber to shock birds away

Dundee Airport workman Fraser takes to a runway armed with his lightsaber to shock birds away

Airport user HIAL is opting for a Aerolaser rather than noisier systems of scaring divided birds, that can be a jeopardy for pilots.

Andrew Lindsay, glow manager during Dundee Airport, said: ‘Lasers have been found to be a really effective approach of dispersing birds as they see a lamp as a viewed jeopardy and will fly divided from it in a conflicting direction.

‘Conventional methods of scaring birds, such as pyrotechnic bangers, are also effective though means sound problems.

‘We are aware that this can means nuisance for a inner community, generally in a early morning and during night. This complement is wholly silent.

The £8,000 hand-held tool emits a splendid immature light for some-more than a mile

The £8,000 hand-held tool emits a splendid immature light for some-more than a mile

Dundee Airport believes a laser complement is some-more effective than regulating sound to shock birds away

Dundee Airport believes a laser complement is some-more effective than regulating sound to shock birds away

‘Because lasers can benefaction a risk to aircraft a routine is theme to difficult risk assessments and a staff are entirely lerned in their use.

‘The laser we are trialling can devise a lamp for about 2km (1.25 miles) in stretch so it has a really prolonged operation and is so distant proof really effective during deterring birds in a protected and benevolent manner.

‘It does have something of a demeanour of Star Wars about it, though it apparently has a critical purpose – to keep a airfield transparent of birds and so safeguard a reserve of aircraft.’

The laser record was grown by a Dutch company.

Dundee adopted a Aerolaser complement after Lindsay visited Southampton Airport, where a complement was in use.

Southampton was a initial airfield to use a system.

Jon Cook, of a Angus and Dundee Bird Club, pronounced a lasers are a good process of scaring off birds during a Riverside airport.

He said: ‘It sounds like a good thought and a really good devise to keep birds divided from Dundee’s airport.’

HOW DANGEROUS ARE BIRD STRIKES? 

Terrifying footage emerged in Mar this year of abandon sharpened out of a engine of a Lufthansa Airbus after it struck a group of birds off a seashore of Lebanon, forcing an puncture landing.

The occurrence is not odd and there were some-more than 1,535 reports of birds finale adult in craft engines in 2013, according a Civil Aviation Authority.

But only how dangerous are bird strikes? British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) orator Captain Steven Draper spoke to MailOnline to answer many of a many unsettling questions asked by passengers.

Is it dangerous when a bird gets in a engine?

‘Strikes are spasmodic dangerous,’ author and commander Patrick Smith wrote in Cockpit Confidential.

‘This is generally loyal when engines are involved, as we saw in 2009 when US Airways moody 1549 glided into a Hudson River after colliding with a group of Canada geese.’

In this occurrence Captain Sullenberger courageously landed an A320 in a Hudson River after a craft mislaid bearing in both engines following a bird strike, that occurred moments after take-off.

‘Modern turbofans are resilient, though they don’t take pleasantly to a ingestion of unfamiliar objects, quite those slamming into their rotating blades during high speeds,’ pronounced Smith.

‘Birds don’t burden an engine though can hook or detonate a inner blades, causing appetite loss.’

This unfolding was seen in a Lufthansa Airbus A321 occurrence above Lebanon, and a plane, carrying 144 passengers, mislaid appetite in one of a dual engines and was forced to spin around and make an puncture alighting in Beirut.

What happens when a bird hits a engine?

Smith settled that a heavier a bird, a larger a intensity for harm.

‘Flying during 250 knots – in a United States, that’s a limit acceptable speed next 10,000 feet, where many birds are found – attack an average-sized crow will theme a craft to an impact force of over 50,000 pounds.

‘Even tiny birds poise a jeopardy if struck en masse. In 1960, an Eastern Airlines turboprop went down in Boston after an confront with a group of starlings.’

Although birds won't burden a engine adult on a newcomer jet, they can repairs a vents and fans

Although birds won’t burden a engine adult on a newcomer jet, they can repairs a vents and fans

What happens to a bird?

Unsurprisingly a unhappy predestine customarily awaits any bird who find themselves about to strike a craft engine.

BALPA Spokesperson Captain Steven Draper said: ‘The appetite within a engine generally means a bird will disintegrate.

‘There can, in a critical occurrence be endless repairs to a engine.

‘After a bird strike, or probable bird strike, a engine will be checked for justification of bird debris, and if waste is found a array of serve checks will be carried out.’

At what altitude are aircraft protected from birds?

Captain Steven Draper said: ‘The immeasurable infancy of bird strike incidents take place during take-off and alighting phases – so sincerely nearby a ground, nonetheless birds have been spasmodic strike during aloft altitudes.’

On a whole a infancy of atmosphere strikes start next 3,000 feet above ground, nonetheless there have been incidents occurring during aloft altitudes.

This is simply due to a face that above 10,000 feet there are a reduced series of birds, though this hasn’t stopped it function during 30,000 feet and higher.

How do engineers try to forestall it from happening?

Smith wrote that aircraft components are built to endure such impacts.

‘You can see web videos of bird carcasses being dismissed from a arrange of chicken-cannon to exam a insurgency of windshields, intakes, and so forth.

‘I’ve privately gifted several strikes, and a outcome was, during worst, a teenager hole or crease.’

 


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