Missing UK Vulture Could Be A Hazard To Airplanes | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 10.29.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.29.14 **
** Airborne 10.27.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.27.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.24.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.24.14 **

Fri, Aug 20, 2010

Missing UK Vulture Could Be A Hazard To Airplanes

"Gandalf" Gone With The Wind

A vulture with a 10 foot wingspan went missing when it was "caught by a gust of wind" during a demonstration in Cumbernauld, Scotland, and the bird's handlers say it could be a hazard to aircraft.


Ruppell's Griffon Vulture

The vulture was reportedly the star attraction for the World of Wings Center in Cumbernauld, and was flying a display in the Scottish town when it suddenly soard skyward. The bird is an endangered Ruppell's Griffon vulture, and there are only about 30,000 of them in existence. The World of Wings Center said it allowed the bird, which was brought to the UK as part of a breeding program from its native Africa, to fly free each day so that members of the public can see them "in their full glory."

But on this day, the wind got under Gandalf's wings, and the handlers on the ground could only watch as she soared up and out of sight.

The BBC reports that the disappearance has caused National Air Traffic Services to warn pilots about the wayward bird. World of Wings Center director David Richie says the vulture can fly as high as 36,000 feet, and her size could make her a real danger to an aircraft. The CAA says it is taking the problem seriously. "All operators have been notified," a spokeswoman said. Over at the Cumbernauld Airport, a spokesman said the vulture is "half the size of some of our small training aircraft and it could take one of them, or even a helicopter, right out."

FMI: www.worldofwings.co.uk, www.nats.co.uk

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 10.29.14: Antares Launch Failure, GAMA Responds, Another 'Roadable'???

Also: Dragon Returns, Quadcopter Flown At Airliner?, Classic Aero-TV: Redhawk, Diesel Flt School Airplanes, WWII Bomber Found The unmanned Antares rocket built by Orbital Science C>[...]

Classic Aero-TV: ‘Have it Your Way!’ – The SPA Panther

A New Single-Seat SportPlane Shows Great Potential For Serious Fun While at the Sport Aviation Expo 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell stopped by to talk with Dan Wese>[...]

AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-21-07 PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702) airplanes, Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes>[...]

AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-21-10 PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes, and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.31.14)

Ex-MACs This group is made of retired McDonnell Engineers, most of whom began their careers at MAC either on the F101, F3H or F4H programs.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC