Couldn't they cut out the piggy in the middle?
Deploy foxes, rather than pigs.
An unlikely battle is currently going on betwixt the runways of one of Europe's busiest airports, after a company called Extraordinary Pigs was contracted to bring their animals to help protect Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport from marauding geese. Schiphol is the main international airport for the Netherlands, a major transit hub …
<blockquote>Schiphol employs 20 bird controllers who patrol the airport in radar-equipped vehicles nicknamed "lapwings" </blockquote>
Please tell me the vehicles are yellow Piaggio Ape minitrucks with eyes painted on:
Also acceptable are Ford Falcons, Thunderbirds, Plymouth Road Runners, Buick Skylarks, Pontiac Firebirds, and AMC Eagles.
For standing water areas, especially at airports, though not for this case for open farmland...
I actually came across these on YouTube - via this - being used here to reduce bromate build up in the Los Angeles reservoir by blocking out sunlight - it also had the side effect of driving the birds away as they no longer recognised a water source
Have you mixed up some numbers there?
A quick check, and I can see that Turkish flight 1951 crashed in the year 2009
Also "altitude went negative" is a bit disingenuous, as that seems to be asserting the crash was somehow related to Schiphol being below sea level and so caused some problem, which wasn't the case.
It seems the crash was caused by two things:
1. One of the radio altimeters was intermittently faulty (there were two on the plane), and this showed a negative number sometimes. This fault caused the auto-throttle to switch to retard mode, as it basically though it had already landed. [*]
2. Crew error. The crew weren't paying enough attention, noticed too late that the plane was going too slow, then responded incorrectly, so the plane stalled on approach, hitting the ground well before reaching the runway.
Apparently the fault was known about, and had happened previously on the same plane twice, but the crew had followed the proper procedures those times, switching off the auto-throttle and landing the aircraft successfully. For some reason this procedure wasn't followed on the 3rd incident, and crash!
*] Bear in mind this was a radio altimeter, not a regular altimeter, so measures height above ground, irrespective of where that ground is, not actual altitude (i.e. not altitude above sea level). The radio altimeter should never show a negative, even at Schiphol.
There was a black swan in the harbor I took sailing lesson from. It became a running joke amongst the sailors as paddle boarders and people in rental kayaks would constantly try to paddle up to it and either take it's picture or touch it. It was having none of that and would immediately swim after them and attack without mercy or hesitation.
He was dubbed Beelzebob, the dark lord of the harbor, and the sailors gave him a wide birth. Grown men would chant his name in hushed tones as he pursued his fleeing victims, hoping his lust for violence would be sated at someone elses expense.
Back when I were a lad and living in the wilds of Norfolk, the geese at the farm around the corner were afraid of absolutely nothing. One old but not-quite-retired-as-yet lady who needed to get from her house to the local bus stop every day would rather clamber across wet fields than attempt to pass the geese when they had decided to annex the road. They even refused to get out of the way of buses and lorries, and would always gave the driver a good honking when he was trying to do the same to them. Often, the farmer who owned them would have to attempt to round them up before traffic of any kind was allowed to pass.
It depends on whether the bird is wild or domestic. For domestic, I would go with something crisp, like a Riesling. For a wild goose, I would go with a Malbec or similar or perhaps something like a Petite Sirah. I suggest including how the bird is cooked and what it is served with in deciding which to choose. Most important, really, is which wine you like, but these are where I would start given the opportunity.
> noticed plenty of lush grasses near the runways but failed to spot any pigs
20 pigs in a 500 acres sugar beet field is one pig for every 25 acres. What are the chances local geese (or anybody) will get to see one? Are we to assume those pigs are able to each eat 25 acres worth of crop residues to starve the geese? They would be elephant-sized after that...
I smell a marketing operation: Just meant to make the front pages and give the airport some green cred.
I can't believe I've gotten this far through the comments and haven't seen a single *Honk* yet.
Perhaps House House should add an extra airport level.
- Let out the pigs
- Steal a plane ticket
- Unlatch the luggage car from it's tug
- Pretend to be a drone and shut down the entire airport
didn't they try eagles or hawks a few years back? Anyway, it's absolutely clear where this pig-fest is going: pigs eat geese, pigs get eaten by wolves, wolves get shot by poachers, poachers get pot-shot by police, poachers acquire anti-police gear, police acquire drones, poachers acquire surface-to-air missiles...
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