Bird Strike Tests
Natural Impacts perform bird strike tests in accordance with JAR and FAR standards and have undertaken over 3500 tests against windscreens, landing gear, engines, wings, tail-planes, re-fueling probes, missiles, radomes, helecopter blades, propellor blades, antenna etc…
The facility has two Bird Guns:
- A 6″ (152mm) calibre by 18m long gas gun capable of launching birds up to 6lb to velocities of 450m/s;
- A 8″ (203mm) calibre by 18m long gun capable of launching birds up to 8lb to velocities of 200m/s.
The birds can be real or gelatine. We have an extensive range of gelatine moulds that cover most of the standard weights and sizes and can produce moulds in-house if necessary.