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Rural planes face danger from wildlife

Rural flights, and the airports that manage them, face challenges specific to the nature of their environs if they happen to be in a more removed location. This doesn't mean that a charter jet service is more work for a traveler to use, and in fact should be a sign of the care that these airports are able to take because of their size. But region is also a factor no matter what size plane is being used.

To get a little more specific, NPR recently reported on the way that certain people are employed solely to scare away birds that might enter into jet engines in Alaska. This might not be as much of a concern to other areas in the country, but in the places around the remote island-based community of Sitka, eagles meeting a grisly end at the hand of an aircraft in flight is a very real possibility.

The article profiled Dave Tresham, who works scaring birds away from airplanes in order to preserve safety for both the wildlife and the passengers up in the air. To do this, he employs many different tactics to distract eagles, using loud noises and bait.

The collision of birds and plane engines, which results in a substance known in the industry as  "snarge," is the subject of professional attention. The Wall Street Journal reported on the work of the fittingly named Dr. Dove, who discussed the necessity of reducing these kinds of collisions.

"As long as birds and planes both fly, something is going to happen. But we can reduce the number of times it happens," she said. 

Travelers shouldn't have to fear flying from those areas that deal with this danger, and can look to the rate of airplane incidents as a sign.