Public comments run strongly in favor of open data on bird strikes

04/21/2009 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

As the FAA on Monday closed the public comment period on a controversial proposal to withhold bird-strike data from the public, opponents of the move outnumbered supporters by a 5-to-1 margin. The Airports Council International-North America refused to take a position on the rule after its membership split on the issue. The Air Line Pilots Association supported the bid for secrecy, but some private pilots, like Robert M. McCauley, of Denison, Texas, said the bird-strike data were just as important to safety as data on "geographical areas that exhibit regular hazardous weather tendencies."

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