Tall Grass May Deter Plane-Bird Crashes


bird-planeOne of the biggest challenges to safe air travel is another winged creature: the bird. The FAA says there are some 10,000 airplane-bird strikes a year, which cost as much as $950 million in engine damage annually and have killed more than 250 people since 1988. However, some airports are testing out innovative ways to avoid these bird-meets-machine collisions.

Dayton International Airport is growing tall prairie grass in an attempt to keep birds away. Birds apparently avoid the grass because they fear predators may hide in it.

Terrence G. Slaybaugh, the airport’s director, said “If we are going to protect the long-term use of airports in an increasingly populated area, we need to be less intrusive and find ways to contribute in a positive way to our surroundings.” Read more.

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  1. Reb Shlomo Yehuda AMV”S,

    With all due respect, there is a serious flaw in the scaling calculation of the age gap.

    Suppose 100 boys 24 years of age marry 100 girls of age 19, then 100 boys of equal amount – in that same age group of 19 – are now at a surplus when they hit the age of 24.

    While those surplus of 100 boys now have an even larger pool of younger girls to choose from, should they all choose girls of age 19, then once again you have the same 100 surplus of boys when they hit the age of 24, and the cycle stays the SAME!

    Simple math states that so long as there are equal amount of boys to girls there is an equal amount of unmarried boys as there are unmarried girls.

    The question then really is this: where are those unmarried boys??? And the answer is NOT that they went off to marry girls of a larger pool – because that is not answering the question of where the UNMARRIED boys are. And as noted previously the age gap does not compute.

    As you should well know from marketing – the real issue is ALWAYS supply and demand vis-a-vis the price for supply in respect to demand.

    The fact that many more girls are looking for the same quality “Ben Torah” boy then then the market supplies for in a timely manner is by and large THE major contribution to the “catastrophe”. This becomes compounded by the age gap, since the girls hold on to their value system much longer then the market retains the product (the “Ben Torah boy”).

    While I’ve conceded that the age gap plays a role, the real problem is much more complex. In fact, this author believes that unless the seminaries (shut down or) teach girls a different perspective on WHO to marry, on the contrary, if you close the age gap the problem may compound itself.

    I would suggest for all the askanim to think really hard about what this simple humble author stated in the aforementioned.