Vultures and Aviation

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Vultures evoke strong emotions from many different individuals and walks of life, including those of enthusiastic pilots from large fixed wing aircrafts, helicopters to motorized and non-motorized gliders. Vultures are seen as the masters of the skies and have adapted to make use of hot air currents also known as thermals to soar and glide as they forage, commute and play in our blue skies. Pilots flying non-motorized gliders make use of thermals for flying as well and thus use vultures, if and where possible, to locate thermals for successful and enjoyable flights. Generally this is not a problem, however it does become a massive problem when pilots overstep their mark and fly too close to vulture breeding, roosting and feeding sites, causing disturbance, chick fatalities from chicks jumping too early and parents abandoning their nests, egg or chicks due to fear and anguish. The same happens for fixed-wing aircrafts and helicopters when flying too low and too close to these selected and very specific sites which are easy to avoid..

Vultures-and-Abiation-pic-ed156-sep15VulPro therefore believes that no flying whatsoever should ever be undertaken at any vulture breeding colony and at roosting and feeding sites by any pilots, be it motorized or non-motorized, fixed wing aircrafts and helicopters. There is ample space away from these selected sites and therefore there is no excuse or need to fly in close proximity or even at these sites whatsoever. Our vultures are listed as endangered and we are battling to stabilize populations, even one lost egg or chick is one vulture too many. We are appealing to each and every pilot to please respect our vultures and their habitat, to respect their breeding sites and appreciate these magnificent birds in flight by keeping them safe and around to continue being the masters in flight.

For more information on breeding, roosting and feeding sites, please contact kerri.wolter@gmail.com and we would be happy to share this information for the full purpose of making these areas no-fly zones.