Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, cooler than a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce, it’s Piper the Aviation Bird Dog, ready for duty. Alongside his handler Brian Edwards, the dynamic duo protects the planes at Cherry Capital Airport from bird strikes.
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Birds can pose a huge threat to flight safety, but when they see Piper on his way, geese, ducks and gulls flee the runways. It’s an important job, but not one without its share of fun.Piper protects aircraft at the Traverse City, Michigan airport from birds and other wildlife.
We’ve got engine inlets right here in the aircraft where if a bird gets sucked in to an engine especially at a critical phase of flight, that engine is lost. Birds have a devastating effect on aircraft and keeping them flying.
The airport is his home, I have to drag him out of here whenever we leave.Over a year, Edwards worked with Piper on his recall skills and off-leash control, which he quickly learned. Edwards also trained Piper to become accustomed to the sounds of aircrafts.