Each year in France more than 800 birdstrikes are notified to the Civil Aviation Authority and 8% of them are damaging. Among the animal species involved in birdstrikes, birds of prey represent the main issue to aviation safety in France.
More than 30% of birdstrikes are attributed to this large family of birds, especially during take-off and landing phases. Although the number of collisions in cruse level remains significantly lower than at low altitudes, their consequences are generally very damaging to aircraft and crews, particularly in the case of small aircraft.
Following the recent accidents in Spain with large raptors, this document proposes to remind some guidelines in order to reduce the occurrence of birdstrikes with large birds, particularly during flights at low altitude through mountainous areas.