Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group

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FAA Acts to Reduce Bird Fatalities 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expects thousands of birds may be saved each year because of changes the agency has made to its communication tower lighting standards.

Details can be found on our Science and Reaserch News page.

New Executive Members

The new year saw Changes to the executive group.

Sadly we said goodbye to four of the executive office bearers;

  • Wendy Weir - Chair (2012-2015)
  • Jill Brix - Deputy Chair & AAA Rep (2012-2015)
  • Ashley McAlpine - Treasurer & CASA Rep (2008-2015)
  • Dr Rebecca Johnson - Secretariate (2006-2015)

A big thank you to a dedicated group of people for the commitment and effort put into the AAWHG, their enthusiasm and knowledge will be missed.

That said, we have a new group of office bearers to join the remaining members, welcome to;

  • Aaron Pond (Brisbane Airport) - Chair
  • Charles 'Chuck' Davies (CASA) - Treasurer
  • Jeff Follett (Avisure) - Forum coordinator 

Another Successful Forum

The AAWHG Annual Forum is complete for 2015 and from the feedback received, a very successful and informative event. 

There were international as well as local speakers and the opening address from Mark Skidmore AM, the CEO and Director of CASA, the various information sessions covered subjects such as;

  • Airport Case Studies
  • Science and Technology
  • Pilots/Air Traffic Control
  • On & Off Airport Hazards
  • Defence, Legal & Airlines
  • Control Measures 

We have started to upload the presentations from the forum here and will endeavour to have the remaining presentations uploaded as soon as possible for all those that were unable to make it, or those that did and just couldn't get enough...

New Guidance and Information Available

The RP5.2 for Training and Competency Flight Crew has been reviewed and finalised by members of the AAWHG and uploaded for use, please click on our Recommended Practices page.

If you wish to provide feedback on any draft or finalised document, or would like to assist in developing an RP for your interest area, please email us via

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) in conjunction with Avisure and using data from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), with the support of the AAWHG, has published Species Information Sheets to aid in managing the risk of bird strikes. Please click on our Publications and Tools page.

New News Articles

There have been a couple of articles recently released which may be of interest;

  • The Civil Aviation Safety Authorities  latest edition of Flight Safety has published an article on the impact insects can have on aviation - The article can be found here   

  • A Bloomberg article on bird population and how the FAA are considering whether improvements need to be made to the strength of the aircraft to combat the increasing bird numbers - The article can be found here

New CASA Airworthiness Bulletin

CASA have released a new airworthiness bulletin on Wasp Nest Infestation, further information and a copy of AWB-02-052 can be found in the Government & Air Traffic Management News page.

Latest ATSB report on wildlife strike statistics

The ATSB have released a report on Australian aviation wildlife strike statistics 2004-2013, this can be found in the aviation section of the ATSB website or click on the link below;

ATSB Australian aviation wildlife strike statistics 2004-2013 (7.96MB)

Recommended Practices - Two documents now finalised

Two Recommended Practice documents have just been finalised.

For further information, please click on our Recommended Practices page.  

If you wish to provide feedback on any draft or finalised document, or would like to assist in developing an RP for your interest area, please email us via

Research project: Updated wildlife strike costs to commercial aviation

Avisure are currently researching wildlife strike costs in commercial aviation and need your support.  For more information, please view our Science and Research news page.

'Wildlife Strike' video - Now available 

The Australian Museum, together with AusALPA and Avisure have produced an educational video titled "Wildlife Strike" which was presented at the 2014 AAWHG forum.  Please refer to our General Media page for more information.  

AAWHG - Now on Twitter


The AAWHG has joined twitter. You can find us via our profile name: aawhg@aawhg. Our account will keep AAWHG members and the general community up to date with website updates, our activities and other interesting information related to aviation wildlife hazard management.

We encourage both organisations' and individuals to start following our Twitter profile. For more information, please log on to 

Useful information

AAWHG Info Links

AAWHG Statement of Purpose and Charter and AAWHG Executive information can be found at the bottom of this page

Reporting Bird & Animal Strikes

The ATSB Accident & Incident Notification Form now includes bird/animal strike fields. This information is essential to help better understand the issues with bird and animal hazards.

CASA Advisory Circular:  Wildlife Hazard Management at Aerodromes

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), with the support of the AAWHG, has published its first Advisory Circular on Wildlife Hazard Management at Aerodromes.  

Wildlife Hazard Management Plan - Updated Template

The AAWHG together with the Australian Airports Association and Avisure have updated the Wildlife Hazard Management Plan template(838 kb)

Bird Risk Assessment Model for Airports and Aerodromes

The Bird Risk Assessment Model for Airports and Aerodromes has now been finalised and is available for use.

National Airport Safeguarding Framework - Wildlife Hazard Management Guidelines  

The National Airport Safeguarding Framework, has been published and includes land use guidelines for Managing the risk of wildlife strikes in the vicinity of airports

More information is available on the government news page.

National Wildlife Meeting Calendar

The National Wildlife Calender is currently being updated.

If you would like to see your own wildlife meetings reflected on the calendar, please send an email containing date(s), time, the location and your contact details to


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