New Airplanes to Join Survey Fleet

Kodiak float plane photo, Credit: David Pederson, USFWS

When the next Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey is conducted in May 2011, many of the pilot biologists will be taking flight with a brand new set of wings. During the 2010 EAA AirVenture aviation show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, it was revealed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received nine new Kodiak float planes to replace some of the older, smaller planes that have been used to fly the surveys across North America. According to Jim Wortham, pilot biologist and chief of the migratory bird survey program, the new planes have a high saftey rating and greater performance range, and the new turbine engines will offer greater reliability in the field, increasing the overall efficiency of their misson.

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