Bird Splitter to Protect Planes

Israel Aerospace Industries has invented a system to destroy birds on a collision course with planes, in order to prevent accidents.

Maayana Miskin , | updated: 10:22 AM

Airplane (illustrative)
Airplane (illustrative)
Israel news photo: Boeing

Mid-air collisions with birds are the leading cause of airplane crashes, and have led to the destruction of several Air Force planes, as well as causing more than $500,000 in damage to other planes. In response, Israel Aerospace Industries has invented the Bird Splitter, a system that destroys birds before they hit the plane.

The system was unveiled last week at the 51st annual Israeli conference on Aerospace sciences, held in Tel Aviv.

The Bird Splitter is located on the tail of the aircraft. The system “is designed to 'split' an oncoming bird and thereby protect aircraft structure and crucial systems,” IAI said.

It has been installed on the IAI's new G-250 business jet.

The risk posed by birds made papers worldwide in 2009, thanks to the “Miracle on the Hudson,” when pilot Chesley Sullenberger successfully landed an incapacitated passenger plane on the Hudson River, saving the lives of everyone on board. The plane's engines had been severely damaged in a collision with a flock of geese.