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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14-TM Bird hazard committee still flapping in pursuit of repellant OTTAWA (CP) The growing trend toward two- engine jet planes is worry- ing the National Research Council's Associate com- mittee on bird hazards to aircraft. With birds causing more frequent multi-engine damage on take-offs lately, the committee sees a safe- ty element in four-engine aircraft, usually capable of making a landing on one engine if necessary. "In fact, I'm more worried about the bird problem now than 11 years ago when the associate committee started to func- committee chairman Victor Solman said recently. "Then we were dealing mainly with four-engine jet aircraft. While there have been at least two cases of three-engine wipeouts by birds on approach, in each of these the aircraft was able to get down on the remaining engine and nobody got hurt. "Lately we have been getting into another kind of ball game. We have been getting massive multi- engine damage on take- offs." LOST BOTH ENGINES One of the more spec- tacular incidents occurred about a year ago in Tulsa, Okla., when a three-engine DC10 went through a flock of gulls just after getting off the ground. Both under- wing engines stopped when birds clogged the intakes. "The plane carried only 49 passengers and a crew of 10 and was relatively lightly loaded with fuel, so it was able to beat around the circuit and get back down in a few minutes on the centre tail engine. "This feat speaks very well for what you can do with one engine, if you have to, but it opens up a night when it collided with a flock of geese. Examina- tion of the aircraft after the landing showed that geese had struck the edge of each engine, falling away outside instead of in- side the engine. "If the aircraft had been By ANDY ROY Canadian Press Writer "Where GOOD SERVICE is AUTOMATIC" AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION LTD. Plan 327-0910 1520 3d AH. S. Guaranteed Servicing Rebuilding and Exchange whole new can of worms. "The new European air bus which I saw at the Paris air show in May is a very pretty-looking plane. It uses the same engines as the DC-10 but only two of them to move a big air- plane with a capacity of 260 people. "If birds can wipe out two engines on a DC-10, they can do so on a Euro- pean air bus." "That it hasn't happened so far doesn't tell us that it won't." A collision with lesser airport illustrates Mr. Solman's point. MISSED ENGINE A plane was coming in for a landing at itolflMMiMISlJ By MASTER CRAFTSMEN Featuring... IMPERIAL BLACK GRANITE Also.'.. BALMORAL RED and OXFORD GREY GRANITE Largest Stock of Memorials in Southern Alberta LETHBRIDGE MONUMENTAL LTD 325 8th St. S., LETHBRIDGE Phone 327-3920 We are the experienced consultants in PRE-NEED ARRANGEMENTS inclined.a few degrees they could have both been dead- centre strikes. "With a goose in each engine you can figure out for yourself what kind of a landing the 82 passengers would have said Mr. Solman, who is also wildlife co-ordinator for the Canadian Wildlife Ser- vice. The associate committee will soon publish a book on bird hazards to aircraft. "It's now time to publicize in simple language what we have learned from 11 years' ex- perience in the field. "An informed public will press governments and other appropriate agencies for safety features at air- ports and in aircraft that will reduce the bird Mr. Solman said in a paper prepared for the Society of Air Safety Investigators. HAD FATAL CRASH The committtee was formed shortly after a 1962 collision between an air- craft and some swans near Washington resulted in a crash and 17 deaths. Studies by the committee revealed that birds gathered at airports for food, shelter and water. They were also attracted by a large open area free from children, domestic animals and other distur- bances. Initial steps to remove the hazard were directed to ecological modification of airports, where 75 per cent of the collisions between birds and aircraft occur. "We soon learned how to get rid of food by closing the local garbage dump or improving waste food handling in the area, to eliminate water by drainage or filling, and shelter by cutting down trees and hedges, cleaning up ditch banks, redesigning building exteriors and related Mr. Solman says. SAVED LIVES Just how many lives have been saved by the committee's work will never be known but the financial saving is obvious. Air Canada reports that its repair costs for aircraft in collision with birds have fallen to annually from despite an increasing number of flights. The defence department, which lost one jet fighter to birds every year, hasn't lost a plane to birds since the migration forecasts started three years ago. Methods of driving birds away include fireworks, gas-operated automatic ex- ploders, radio-controlled model aircraft, trained falcons, flashing lights, tape-recorded distress cries and exploding shotgun shells. "We have tried them all and under limited con- ditions they will all work on some birds. We have not yet found the ideal, univer- sal, all-purpose, 100-per- cent effective "bird repellant." Pet ''mug shot' aids recovery TORONTO (CP) A veterinarian with the city's public health department suggests a voluntary cen- sus, complete with "mug- shot" photographs, be taken of the city's esti- mated dogs and cats. Ian Glenroy suggested last week in a report to the department that each pet owner be issued a photo identification card for his animal. A duplicate card would be retained by city hall. When pets were lost, civic employees such as garbagemen would be issued photographs of the missing animals and told to keep their eyes open for the pets. The report, being con- sidered by city com-l mittees, also suggests aj telephone advisory service] at city hall to answer health questions, an medical check-ups for the pets involved in the census. owners would pay a pet for the service. cLtd. P.O. BOX 357 COUTTS HIGHWAY LETHBRIPGE PHONE 328-9871 NORMANDE Southern Sires Ltd. have full Quarantine for your new European im- ports, male or fe- male. The females will be bred to the of your choice while in quarantine. Call 328-9671 for further information and reservations. CONQUEROR The only Normande Bull in North America. Normande calves will be at a premium 4 next year. Semen per vial m ;