January 15, 2019

5 Reasons Why Airports Use Lasers to Prevent Bird Strikes

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According to the Federal Aviation Administration, 10,000 bird strikes occur a year, which we can estimate to be almost 26 bird strikes a day.

Preventing bird strikes is one of the top priorities for airport professionals because they can cause impact to planes and their engines, as well as create dangerous flying conditions if there is significant damage.

Have you ever wondered how airports prevent bird strikes?

Over 40 airports around the world use bird deterrent lasers and we are going to share 5 reasons why this technology is very effective.

1 Safety

Bird deterrent lasers have safety features that can turn the laser off when the laser beam is projected at a certain angle and prevent harm to humans and animals.

2 Cost-effective

Lasers are very cost-effective. A user can achieve up to 90% of bird reduction and get a return on investment within a year.

3 Increased laser range

The laser has a range of up to 2500 meters, which makes it safer and more accurate for airport bird controllers to aim at the desired target.

4 Ecological approach

The green laser beam that is projected towards the birds makes them perceive it as a threat and move on from the area without any damage to property or the birds.

5 No habituation

Some airports have used traditional bird control methods in the past. Birds become easily accustomed to such methods so the bird repelling effect is not significant. Airports have noticed that the laser deterrent is a method that birds have not become habituated with.

Some of the other methods to prevent bird strikes can cause loud noises, pollution and longer intervention time if bird controllers have to cross runways.

Bird Control Group’s automated laser bird repellent provides 24/7 protection from wild birds by shining a green laser light in the area affected by the problem. Get in touch via the form below if you are interested in learning more.