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Birdstrike Analysis

Analysis Profile

This project is currently setup as a starter project.  This means it includes some example analysis visualizations and approaches.  You can do this project with Tableau Public, which can be downloaded here for free:  Any feedback would be great on whether you found this useful or not.

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The Gist:

Birds and planes both fly through the air and as big as the sky is they often collide, usually the bird gets the short end of the stick.  Every time there is a birdstrike collision with a plane a log is created with info such as altitude, speed, type of bird, and a textual report about what happened.  With the recent high profile Hudson River plane crash, birdstrikes have been put on the radar and are an important area of analysis.

Possible Analysis Questions:

1. Compare the Airbus A320 family (A318, 319, 320, 321) and Boeing 737NG family (737-600,700,800,900) for strikes. Possible things to look at: major airports, struck vs. damaged ratio, location of strikes, time of day, species and resulting damage.

2. Speed and altitude as they relate to damage and strike location

3. Patterns and locations of strikes by time of day, month...etc

4. Flight phase and effect on strikes: damage, location, geographic location.

5. Patterns with specific species (FAA most wanted list: see the attached file).

Database, analysis examples and documentation are attached below.  If you have questions please email the VA manager.
Kyle Melnick,
Dec 6, 2011, 11:25 AM
Kyle Melnick,
Nov 16, 2011, 8:59 AM
Kyle Melnick,
Nov 16, 2011, 8:19 AM