Aerodrome Wildlife Hazard Management

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Jenny Bradley
Jenny BradleyHead of Training
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Most wildlife aircraft strikes occur on or in the vicinity of aerodromes, and represent serious safety concerns for air operations. Therefore, as required by ICAO and EASA, aerodromes are required to establish a Wildlife Hazard Control and Management Programme and competent authorities shall establish and implement procedures for reporting and recording wildlife strikes to aircraft.

This 3-day course provides aerodrome operations and planning representatives as well as civil authority staff with essential information about the applicable requirements related to Wildlife Hazard Control. Attendees will gain knowledge on common species causing hazards in the proximity of aerodromes. Moreover the documentation process will be presented by focusing on risk assessments. In addition participants will learn the latest technology, equipment, methods and techniques aimed at trying to reduce the risk of bird strikes occurring. The training course will cover the measures which should be adopted as part of an aerodrome’s Safety Management System (SMS) whilst attempting to manage wildlife related hazards.

The course covers all facets of wildlife hazard control and management including: industry best-practices, strategies to minimise bird hazard attractants, as well as methods to identify trends and patterns and to keep record for risk management purposes. The training is designed in an interactive form including group discussions, practical exercises, case studies and outside bird observation.

Course Details

Duration:3 days

Course Content

Regulatory requirements

  • ICAO Airport Services Manual Part 3
  • IBSC Standards Document
  • EASA AMC/GM Aerodromes
  • UK CAP 772
  • UK National Occupational Standards (NOS)

Problem Species and Identification

  • Bird identification
  • Basic identification steps
  • Examples of common species

Wildlife Strike Reporting

  • Documentation process
  • Wildlife strike reporting
  • Risk Assessment

The History of Wildlife Strikes

  • Importance of Wildlife Hazard Control
  • Case studies of significant wildlife strikes

Habitat Management

  • Vegetation
  • Structures and hangars
  • Aircraft hulks

Active Wildlife Deterrence - Methods and Equipment

  • Distress calls
  • Firearms usage
  • Culling

Health & Safety

  • Risk of infection
  • Training requirements
  • Carcass disposal

Wildlife Safeguarding

  • Attractive areas
  • Safeguarding concept

Data Collection and Deployment

  • Local Aerodrome Wildlife Control Procedures


Mark Turner

Mark is a professionally accredited trainer and assessor, whose entire career (spanning more than 20 years) has been dedicated to work within the airside safety and operations sector. His sector competence is maintained by continuing to work in a live airside operational environment. Possessing both frontline and management experience, gained from working at airports of various scales (regional to international hub) around the world, Mark is able to enhance the learning experience by sharing industry good practices. For more than 10 years he has been contracted by Heathrow Airport Ltd not only to train and assess staff, successfully delivering the UK's first accredited aviation apprenticeships in the airside safety and operations sector, but also to support senior management within the Airfield Operations Department.

Mark has attended the UK Bird Strike Committee (BSC), is an Associate Member of both the International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE) and the UK Society for Education and Training (ASET) and sits on the UK Aviation Industry Skills Board’s (AISB’s) People 1st Airport Special Interest Group (SIG).

Target Group

  • Aerodrome operations operatives and management
  • Aerodrome planning and development staff
  • Airport engineers and maintenance staff, including management and
  • ATC staff, including management
  • Civil Aviation Authorities staff
  • Aerodrome inspectors and regulators
  • Public authorities involved in airport operations

Organisational Details

airsight offers this training course on request, worldwide. At the end of the course, all participants will receive an airsight certificate based on EASA training regulations, which is highly recognized throughout the aviation industry.

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