Potential For Bird Strikes Too Great
The Federal Aviation Administration
says it is time to put a stop to a decades-old practice of farmers
being allowed to grow crops on Outagamie Airport grounds in
The FAA is concerned more than crops are being grown. It's not
the actual farming that's the issue, it's what those crops attract
-- namely birds, according to Green Bay's WBAY-2. Bird strikes can
be a potential problem.
Not everyone sees the logic in banning farming.
"I don't think that farming is the total problem," farmer Randy
Mueller said. "I don't think that's why the animals and the birds
are in there."
"It's a natural habitat. They're migrating, flying back and
forth. Like any birds, they fly a certain direction every year,
they fly north and south. That's the way they're going to go," he
But, that argument isn't good enough, according to County
Supervisor Wayne Defferding.
"I don't buy that if there is a bird strike where there is
injury or death to human life, I don't think people are going to
ask where the bird took off from, I think they're going to assume
it took off from the airport property and they will sue the
airport," he said.
There's just too much at stake, Defferding said, to take the
chance of a goose taking out an aircraft.
The FAA's concerns have caught the attention of the Outagamie
County Board and a vote on the matter is set for Tuesday.
"My thought is, we don't have much of a choice," Defferding