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5.3.7.6 What flying altitude and speed should be used?

The appropriate flight speed depends on the aircraft, the landscape and the estimated fox density of the area to be covered with vaccine baits. In general, aircraft should not fly too high so that the bait can be distributed as accurately as possible along the flight lines, and to prevent the bait from falling apart when it hits the ground but may.

However, the minimum requirements of the national aeronautical authorities will have to be taken into consideration. The higher the altitude, the greater the drift of dropped vaccine baits. This effect with be even greater in a strong wind. In Europe, aerial distribution is usually conducted at 100 – 150 m altitude and at a speed of 100 – 150 km/hr.


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