National Military Fish & Wildlife Association

Working Groups   

Bird/Animal Aircraft Strike Hazard

Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) has been an issue on both military and civilian airfields during low-level approach and departures for many years.  The presence of birds that contribute to BASH problems results from a complex array of interactions among their primary life-history needs-- food, cover, and/or presence of water.  Despite significant improvements in BASH programs on DoD installations, bird and wildlife strikes continue to be a source of military aircraft damage as well as a threat to aircrew safety and mission readiness activities.  The BASH Working Group strives to work with military and civilian personnel within DoD to transfer ideas and new technology, share ideas, and work synergistically to promote improved flight safety.