With the pigeon racing season fast approaching, we ask that in addition to the requirements contained within our rules regarding pigeon releases around active civil airfields, members need to be aware of the airshow season.
The resumption of airshows will bring increased summer flight activity, and we would ask all fanciers living within the vicinity of airfields to be extra vigilant when exercising birds to minimise the risk of bird-strike.
Click on the image of the Red Arrows below to be taken to the UK Airshow Calendar 2023:
We ask fanciers to bear these shows in mind when liberating birds, and to ensure that you have notified appropriate airfields in accordance with RPRA Rules (page 28 of the Rule Book): liberations within 13km of airports require notification to the airport authority or air traffic controller at least 14 days prior to the release. In addition, the ATC unit should be notified by telephone at least 30 minutes before release time. Please also refer to Page 29 of the Rule Book for confirmation of airfields where liberation of pigeons is forbidden within an 8 mile radius.
Download: RPRA Rule Book
Below are two examples of the extensive damage that a bird-strike can inflict on an aircraft.
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