TONI Bird Control Solutions to Minimize Birdstrike Risk for Aircrafts
TONI Bird Control Solutions is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The company specialise in all bird control needs, including the avoidance of birdstrikes for the aviation industry. Experts in the field of ornithology, radar systems and bird control make up the workforce of the company. This range of skills allows the company to apply the appropriate bird control methods to manage any situation. Advanced radar technology is used generally to reduce the risk of birdstrikes. However other bird control measures are employed including, acoustic and visual deterrent devices, predator birds or bird robots, netting of hangers and the management of birds at airport buildings.
Airport Bird Scaring
The problem of birdstrikes is as old as the aviation industry. As airports grow, professional bird control solutions had to be implemented too. A combination of the most effective solutions available has proven to be most effective. Nowadays, airport bird scaring methods include habitat management, the use of natural predators, bird robots, acoustic and directional beam methods, visual (LASER) methods, large nettings, the use of natural aromatic substances (Methylanthranilate) and even bird houses.
Audio Bird Deterrent
Audio bird deterrent methods use predator cry and distress calls of certain bird species. Whereas, most of the distress calls only work for certain bird species, predator cry sounds usually work with most birds. In order to reduce habituation of the birds, the distress and predator calls are played in an irregular order. Still habituation is possible with most audio bird deterrent systems available. Directional beam systems use very strong audio beams of 150 dB over long distances (up to 1,500m).
The latest radar technology enables birds to be exactly localized in all weathers. S-band (100mm) radars with a range of 6-8 nm are used. They can detect the smallest flying objects of ca. 2mm. Modern bird detection software analyses the data of all flying objects and classifies them on the basis of their typical flight behavior. Thus, birds can be safely differentiated from insects and aircraft.
The reflectivity of the radar enables the birds to be classified by size and potential risk. A single bird is certainly not a problem for an aircraft, but if there are several thousand small birds, they are just as dangerous as a single large bird. This potential risk can be assessed with the reflectivity.
Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) management describes all measures that may be used to deter birds at and around airports. A professional approach to avian birdstrike management does not stop at the available bird control measures. By using latest radar technology, BASH-management can detect hazardous bird activity at an early stage and automatically warn incoming or outgoing aircraft. Implementing BASH management routines at airports is a very important part of managing the airports safety. BASH-management also includes up to date documentation of bird activity and near-miss birdstrikes.