Monday, December 11, 2017

Vehicle to shoo birds off flight path

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Patnaik International Airport authorities will buy a bird hazard control vehicle to prevent bird-hit incidents.

The specialised vehicle will have sirens and other equipment to distract birds flying in the operational zone of the airport.

"A tender for procuring the vehicle has already been awarded and it is likely to be introduced by this month. The vehicle can go through the bushes and cover every nook and corner of the airport. The men in the vehicle will be using crackers and laser guns to distract birds from the operational area," said airport director S.C. Hota.

The official said that a similar vehicle was earlier introduced in Lucknow airport. "At present, routine manual inspections of the runway are being conducted before landing and take off of every flight," said an airport official

Data available with the airport says that 19 bird-hits were reported in 2011, while it was 18 in 2012. In 2013 and 2014, 10 such hits were reported. Some 12 bird-hits were reported in 2015. The number of incidents decreased to 11 in 2016.

Hota said that they were in constant touch with the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and other government agencies to keep away shops selling non-vegetarian food items around the airport area. "As the airport has already started international operations, we are taking utmost care to prevent bird-hit cases," added Hota.
13/12/17 Lelin Mallick/Telegraph