A Decade of Change for the Israeli Air Force

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Carter, Nicholas
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A Decade of ChangesActive Management ProgramElimination of AgricultureRemoval of DebrisAirfield Vegetation ManagementRemoval of TreesElimination of Standing WaterDitch Maintenance“Harassment” Trapping ProgramClearance of ShouldersUnique IssuesOff-Base ManagementOn-Base EducationPublic EducationComprehensive Strike DatabaseEnd Results Prior to Initiation of Program = $10.2 million / year Since: $109,000* in Damages over 11 years (~$9,100 / year) $50,000 during 2-month contract break 94% Reduction in Birdstrikes 15.84 / month / airbase (Year One) .92 / month / airbase (Year Ten) 90% Reduction in Overall Bird Populations on Airbase 98% Reduction in Large Birds (>1 kg) Within 5 Miles of Each Airbase In 2006, during 6-week “war” with Lebanon, IAF flew equivalent to 1-year of flight operations with zero strikes Take Home Message:It can be done...and it's never too late to start.