Hangars where the Air Force houses and maintains the V-22 Osprey are being overrun with pigeons and their droppings. As part of the Air Force Research Lab's (AFRL) Enterprize Challenge to solve this issue, the DareDevils brought their prototypes and a lot of questions to the military personnel.
The pigeons and their droppings have created major health hazards for the Air Force personnel as well as aircraft maintenance problems (for instance, the droppings destroy the paint on the aircraft). Air Force personnel are using over 150 hours per month to keep the pigeons and their mess at bay, which has become unsustainable and is detracting from their primary responsibilities of maintaining and fixing aircraft. The challenge calls for participants to come up with an out-of-the-box solution that does not include netting or harming the pigeons. The DareDevils will pitch their solutions to members of the AFRL in a couple of weeks.