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The Efficacy of Operational Bird Strike Prevention

Metz, Isabel Carole and Ellerbroek, Joost and Mühlhausen, Thorsten and Kügler, Dirk and Hoekstra, Jacco (2021) The Efficacy of Operational Bird Strike Prevention. Aerospace, 8 (17), pp. 1-15. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/aerospace8010017. ISSN 2226-4310.

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Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2226-4310/8/1/17

Abstract

Involving air traffic controllers and pilots into the bird strike prevention process is considered an essential step to increase aviation and avian safety. Prior to implementing operational measures such as real-time warning systems, it is vital to evaluate their feasibility. This paper studies the efficacy of a bird strike advisory system for air traffic control. In addition to the potential safety benefit, the possible impact on airport operations is analyzed. To this end, a previously developed collision avoidance algorithm underlying the system was tested in fast-time Monte Carlo simulations involving various air traffic and bird densities to obtain representative conclusions for different operational conditions. The results demonstrate the strong safety potential of operational bird strike prevention in case of precise bird movement prediction. Unless airports operate close to their capacity limits while bird abundance is high, the induced delays remain tolerable. Prioritization of hazardous strikes involving large individuals as well as flocks of birds are expected to support operational feasibility in all conditions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/140515/
Document Type:Article
Title:The Efficacy of Operational Bird Strike Prevention
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Metz, Isabel CaroleIsabel.Metz (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7463-3949
Ellerbroek, JoostTU Delfthttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2232-8299
Mühlhausen, ThorstenThorsten.Muehlhausen (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Kügler, Dirkdirk.kuegler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hoekstra, JaccoTU Delfthttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5319-8370
Date:14 January 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Aerospace
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:8
DOI :10.3390/aerospace8010017
Page Range:pp. 1-15
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Series Name:Special Issue Air Transportation—Operations and Management
ISSN:2226-4310
Status:Published
Keywords:airport; air traffic management; aviation; bird strike; collision avoidance algorithm; safety; wildlife management
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Air Traffic Concepts and Operation (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance
Deposited By: Metz, Isabel Carole
Deposited On:02 Feb 2021 10:26
Last Modified:30 Mar 2021 10:40

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