Delhi residents to aid in bird strike prevention

Aviation fans everywhere await the cool displaysat the upcoming Aero India show (9-13 February), but Delhiresidents are set to get a nice prequel on 26 January, when Indiacelebrates Republic Day.

The aerial component of the planned parade will includeJaguars, Mig-29s, Su-30MKIs, helicopters, and transport planes. A verticalclimb by an Su-30MKI will mark the parade’s end.


Indian Sukhoi Su-30MKI

Since birds are everywhere in Delhi, particularly pigeons,hawks, and even parakeets, the Indian Air Force has made a special appeal toDelhi residents: “In view of the flypast at heights varying from 60 to 500metres and the associated flight safety concerns posed by birds, the IAFappeals to all citizens of Delhi and its neighbourhood to keep their areasclean and avoid throwing eatables, garbage, dead animals, or carcasses in theopen in all the days leading up to 26 January.”

Interestingly, all the planes listed for the flypast havetwo engines. Notably absent from the list are the single-engined Mig-21 and HAL Tejas,which recently won its IOC.

This made me think of something a former IAF officer told meduring a long, rambling discussion about the medium multi-role combat aircraftcompetition.

“Nobody has told me a thing, but I really think they’ll gofor a twin-engined aircraft,” said he. “There are a lot of birds flying around India. Birdstrikes are a real problem, so you’re better off with two engines.”

If he’s right, this is bad news for the F-16IN and SaabGripen IN.


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