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Bird Strike

I had a birdstrike on one of my first flights. I think what happened was that a small bird flew across the runway as I was taking off. It was probably sparrow sized, I never found it, but it left a dent in the landing gear fairing that looked like what you’d get if you whacked it with a big rubber mallet. It also made a big thump just as we rotated.

I’ve seen both herons and bald eagles sitting on the runway at CYPK, and come close to eagles while in flight. They look very cool, but considering what a crow sized bird did to the 150 below I think its pretty clear that you have to avoid birdstrikes!

My name is Rob Chipman and I’m a realtor, pilot and all around goof off based in Vancouver, BC. I really enjoy flying, real estate and the Chilcotin.¬† My company is¬†Coronet Realty Ltd., located at 3582 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 2A7. I have a C-150L that I own with two other pilots, based out of Pitt Meadows. Do not hesitate to contact me by email if I can help you do anything, especially if its likely to be interesting.

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