German goshawks to protectSingapore's fighter planes

30th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

10 September 2004 , SINGAPORE - The Singapore Air Force is turning to goshawks from Germany to scare others birds away from an airstrip used by fighter planes, The Straits Times reported.

10 September 2004

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Air Force is turning to goshawks from Germany to scare others birds away from an airstrip used by fighter planes, The Straits Times reported.

Two of the hunter birds known for their tenacity and strength are being imported for duty at Tengah Air Base to chase away crows and swifts.

Birds pose a huge danger to planes not only here but around the world, military officials note.

Collision with birds and other wildlife which cannot fly killed more than 150 people globally and destroyed more than 140 planes between 1990 and last year, according to a US Federal Aviation Administration report.

The air base had been using a 10-year-old Harris hawk, a predatory bird from the Jurong BirdPark attraction, but she was not tenacious enough.

"She's trained for our show," said Dr Wong Hon Mun, the birdpark's director. "If the birds fly away, she won't be bothered to go after them."

Changi Airport sees one to two birds strikes each month, involving small birds such as swallows, mynahs and munias which do not damage aircraft, a Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore spokesman told the newspaper.

The monthly total is 10 for the Singapore Air Force at its four airbases. So far the worst has been some minor damage to an engine. 

DPA

Subject: German news

0 Comments To This Article