The January 2009 ditching of a US Airways jet airliner in the Hudson River was a spectacular accident, but fortunately was not a fatal accident. The crash came about because the aircraft was severely damaged after hitting a flock of geese shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia airport in New York.
The Foundation has been concerned about bird strike risks since its inception, and has worked closely with Bird Strike Committee USA on several initiatives to enhance the public’s understanding of bird and wildlife hazards to aircraft in the US and around the world.
Since the September 2009 North America Bird Strike Conference, the Foundation has actively supported several of their working groups through managing several of their online assets, especially social media resources that make it easier for their widely dispersed members to communicate and collaborate as help to shape aviation safety policy and procedures related to bird and wildlife hazards.
The AirSafe.com Foundation would also like to invite you to help this program in the following ways:
- Follow the progress of the bird strike working groups: The site BirdStrikeNews.org will be the focal point for news and other information related to the working groups.
Covering a wider range of bird and wildlife hazard issues is Bird Strike News at BirdStrikeNews.com. This site also covers industry efforts to reduce bird strike risks.
- Contribute money to the AirSafe.com Foundation: Donations sent to the AirSafe.com Foundation during 2009 will be used exclusively to support activities related to the bird strike initiatives.
- Find out more about bird strikes: Visit AirSafe.com’s bird strike page at birds.airsafe.org for detailed information about bird strike hazards.
The AirSafe.com Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, so you are able to deduct your contributions to the organization.