Use of WX radar to mitigate birdstrikes

suupah

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Does the use of modern day WX radar help mitigate birdstrikes? I know the ones in the fifties had that effect.
 

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You couldn't even paint a house with the CRJ radar much less a flock of birds. I personally like the ol' Mark 1 eyeball.
 

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Does the use of modern day WX radar help mitigate birdstrikes? I know the ones in the fifties had that effect.
C-band might have but this crap we have now probably wouldn't.
 

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I didn't mean mitigating Birdstrikes by being able to see them, but is there something about the radar transmission that birds can sense and at close range makes them flee out of the way?
 

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suupah said:
...is there something about the radar transmission that birds can sense and at close range makes them flee out of the way?
No...
 

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If they are within 4 feet of the antenna, they flee away from the painful burning sensation.

P.S. It's way more effective if you turn the gain to +3 and tilt to -22
 

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Old wives tale. They did a test once where they targeted flocks of birds with a 60's era missile tracking radar... the type that would make you sterile just looking at it. There was no effect on the birds.
 

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I did hear a story about some navy guys shooting seagulls down at close range with the CIWS radar.

Just a story.
 

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thats a myth. At the altitudes where we are most likely to hit birds we are doing like 300-500 ft/sec. Even if it had any affect on the bird at all they still won't have time to get out of the way. AND which way would the bird go? away? How would they turn away? They cant see or hear the airplane coming. Or know which way the airplane is coming from. jeez I put a lot of thought into a myth. I guess I just wish it really worked.
 

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I use it to prevent United rampers in ORD from breeding.:uzi:
 

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Does the use of modern day WX radar help mitigate birdstrikes? I know the ones in the fifties had that effect.
Sounds like a question for Mythbusters.
 

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I use it to prevent United rampers in ORD from breeding.:uzi:
Perhaps we could adapt that rardar to sterilize the gangstas on the ATL ramp as well.
 

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I have flown with a few old timers who fire up the radar to scare birds. They say it messes with the birds sense of navigation.

Sometimes the old dudes know something, sometimes they have had too many reduced rests in a lifetime. I can say that I have not had a bird strike with the radar on.
 

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I think the FAA should just make birds use a transponder...problem solved.:D
 

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I have hit one with the radar on and one with the radar off. It doesn't seem to make a difference.
 
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