CASE STUDY: LUTON AIRPORT
The Airport has seen an 80% reduction in airfield bird sightings in the last year – Liam Bolger, Airfield Operations London Luton Airport
• 80% reduction in airfield bird sightings since BIRD Tab implementation
• BIRD Tab has minimised the risk of bird strike at Luton airport
• Over 90% reduction in controllable species bird strikes
London Luton Airport (LTN) is one of the fastest growing airports in the UK. Currently undergoing a transformational £110m redevelopment, these improvements will enable the airport’s annual capacity to increase by 50%, from 12 to 18 million passengers by 2020. As a result of the development and the subsequent increase in aerodrome activity including apron and taxiway extensions, maintaining the highest possible safety standards across the airport continues to be central to LTN’s Airfield Operations activity.
Since 2001 Scarecrow has developed a mutually beneficial relationship with London Luton Airport and in recent years has worked collaboratively to evolve and launch new pioneering bird dispersal technology in the form of Scarecrow B.I.R.D. Tab™.
Logging the locations and behaviour patterns of different bird species in and around the airfield is a relentless, all year round challenge and the Airfield Operations team has to be continually proactive to keep the airport safe at all times.
With ever growing requirements for accurate data to be easily logged and tracked by all bird controllers, London Luton Airport needed an effective, sturdy and easy to use dispersal system that would keep birds away from aircraft whilst recording detailed information in real-time and produce actionable reports.
Two vehicle mounted bio-acoustic Scarecrow B.I.R.D. Tabs™ are used daily as part of LTN’s persistent wildlife management system to disperse birds from the airfield and surrounding areas. Described as ‘faultless’ by the bird controllers, the mobile, content rich system comes complete with modern touch screen tablet, integrated camera, threat analysis, improved runway inspection module, a simplified reporting process and a selection from the most comprehensive bird distress call library available on the market.
Since using Scarecrow’s newest software system, the airport has seen an 80% reduction in airfield bird sightings in the last year which has minimised the risk of bird strike.
A key benefit of using bird distress calls is the ease with which this method of dispersal can be integrated with other dispersal methods to help obtain the best long term results. LTN uses a range of methods to deliver the most efficient bird strike prevention strategy and Scarecrow’s software allows for any type of method being used whilst still providing a comprehensive record of events.