Editorial: Why bird-strike reports should be mandatory

08/3/2009 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

The Houston Chronicle applauds a recent FAA proposal to make bird-strike reports mandatory rather than voluntary. The paper singles out the two-year-old Houston Executive Airport, built "smack inside the Central Flyway, one of North America's heaviest-traveled flight paths for migrating birds." Andrew Perry, Houston Executive Airport's director, says there have been only two bird-strike incidents since the airport's opening, but the paper wonders how accurate that could be, given the voluntary nature of reporting. "Better information allows people to make better choices, and pilots and passengers -- especially those flying in and out of the Houston Executive Airport -- need the best possible information on bird strikes," the editors conclude.

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