Airports / Air Bases (BASH)
The dangerous and potentially deadly effects of bird strikes on commercial and military aircraft were demonstrated by the heroic emergency landing of a U.S. Airways flight on the Hudson River in 2009. The FAA reports that bird strikes have increased 6-fold from 1,851 in 1990 to a record 12,003 in 2014. Over 142,000 bird strikes have been reported since 1990 costing the aviation industry more than $2 billion annually in aircraft damage and out-of-service delays.
Originally developed for public safety applications, LRAD systems are now in use around the world to steer birds away from airports and air bases.
Offutt AFB, Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH)
Featuring advanced directionality and several volume settings, LRAD is easily programmed to broadcast a wide variety of tones and predator calls to safely deter wildlife at distances in excess of 3,000 meters and ensure against habituation.
Manually operated or integrated into remote command and control centers, LRAD is a humane bioacoustic deterrent that has proven effective in preventing aircraft bird strikes.
Legacy bird control systems are limited in range and options. Due to their repetitive sounds, over time wildlife become habituated to cracker shells, propane cannons and other standard deterrents rendering them ineffective.
When integrated with millimeter band radar, LRAD-RX systems automatically detect birds entering runway control zones. LRAD then broadcasts a wide variety of intense, directional sounds, including predator calls, to safely steer birds away from aircraft when they are most vulnerable to bird strikes – during takeoffs and landings.
Contact LRAD Corporation for more information.