A patent by American Inventor William Boateng for an engine guard for jet engines that does not interfere with the air intake needs of the aircraft engines could make air travel a lot more safer.
Bird strikes, particularly of the jet's engines, can have catastrophic consequences.
The guard will stop solid foreign objects (birds and other flying critters) from being sucked into the engine.
The patent calls for the guards to be made of metal, preferably aluminium that is at least half-an-inch thick. This is necessary to have the needed strength and rigidity to absorb impacts exceeding 50,000 foot-pounds (67791Nm) of force.
The guards have a general cone-like shape with a base flange to attach it to the intake side of an airplane engine, and an outer wall made of several openings and slots for air intakes.
According to the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), aircraft were hit by wildlife over 1,00,000 times between 1990 and 2008 and the number of strikes has been climbing steadily since 1990.
According to FAA stats, the airline industry suffered 1,738 bird strike, in 2007, the number had gone up to 7,666. Some of that trend is due to increased air travel, however, the frequency of wildlife strikes has tripled.