Background

Initiated and facilitated by the Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme of the European Space Agency (ESA), the FlySafe project involved users, developers and service providers from the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), the Belgian and French Air Forces, the German Bundeswehr, Computational Geo-Ecology at the University of Amsterdam, TNO Defence, Security and Safety, Robin Radar Systems, TriOpSys, SARA Computing and Networking Services, the Institute for Avian Research (Vogelwarte Helgoland), the Swiss and Dutch Ornithological Institutes (SOI and SOVON), Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Meteo France, Belgian Meteorological Institute, IDA TU Braunschweig, Thales Raytheon Electronic Systems and Thales Alenia Space. The goal of the project was to improve bird strike prevention for en-route military aviation by improving the quality and availability of BIRDTAM’s which inform pilots about bird densities in the air. FlySafe combines the necessary and available space and ground-based systems, and the scientific research and technological applications from various user communities, in order to provide a sustainable service for the observation of large-scale bird migration.

In 2009, Dutch and Belgian air forces proposed the creation of an operational service, to be hosted by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI). This project implemented in partnership between ESA, RNLAF and BAF established the set of services presented in this website:

FUTURE.
In the RNLAF project FlySafe2 (2011-2013) it is planned to further increase the available bird movement information on this website by expanding the geographical coverage of the FlySafe model to new countries.