FAA Releases Birdstrike Data

 - April 30, 2009, 6:00 AM

The FAA relented and on April 24 made its entire birdstrike database available to the public. The agency said it was “withdrawing a proposal to protect the data” after soliciting comments from the public and determining “that it can release the data without jeopardizing aviation safety.” The FAA also announced it “will work with the aviation community to find ways to improve and strengthen birdstrike reporting.” NTSB acting chairman Mark Rosenker praised the FAA and DOT for the decision to release the data.