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2015 AAWHG 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.

2015 AAWHG Annual Forum

We are pleased to announce this year the AAWHG Forum will take place at the Australian Museum in Sydney on Thursday  November 5th  and Friday November  6th, 2015, please take a copy of our Forum Flyer

The museum is situated at 6 College Street, Sydney. This Forum is a must for anyone involved and interested in Bird or Wildlife Hazard Management.  The forum will feature presentations from Industry leaders, discuss technology and the latest innovations,  as well as training,  research and education.  The Forum will hold an evening networking function on Thursday 5th November on the Terrace of the Museum, which has spectacular views of Hyde Park, Sydney and the Harbour. 

2015 Forum Online registration now open here  - Registration Online

2015 Forum PDF Registration Form here - Registration Form 

2015 Forum Sponsorship pack - Sponsorship Pack

The following is a list of hotels which are in close proximity - walking distance,  to the Australian Museum in Sydney where the Forum is taking place (listed in no particular order)

  • Hyde Park Inn
  • Pullman Hyde Park
  • Oaks Hyde Park Plaza
  • Park Regis City
  • Sheraton on the Park
  • Best Western-Hotel Stellar
  • Castlereagh Boutique Hotel

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

2015 North American Bird Strike Conference  

The North American Bird Strike Committee will be holding it's next conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The dates for the conference are 15-17 September 2015, more details can be found on their website by following the link.

Bird Strike Committee USA

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)

Meeting dates for 2015

The revised meeting dates for 2015 are:

  • Thursday 12th March 2015 - Melbourne CASA Office (General meeting and Executive) - Meeting Held
  • Thursday 4th June 2015 - Sydney, location TBC (Executive only)
  • Thursday 1st October 2015 - Brisbane CASA Office (Executive Only)
  • Thursday 5th & Friday 6th November 2015 - Australian Museum, Sydney (Forum)   

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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