Aviation Safety Bulletin, March 2017 Misrepresentation of Lasers used for Airport Wildlife Management
Airports or other institutions that are planning to purchase or trial laser devices marketed for wildlife dispersal should ensure that, prior to commissioning a laser device, its classification and specifications are independently validated by an accredited testing agency and that commensurate safety protocols are adopted.
Dave also chaired a working group discussion on a world action plan. Actions arising from this working group will be taken by the WBA to the ICAO conference in May 2017 including Australia’s proposal for a recommended practice on communicating wildlife threats between pilots, air traffic control and airport operators.
David will provide a comprehensive debrief at the next AAWHG meeting in Brisbane on Jan 31st. All are welcome to attend.
Australian aviation wildlife strike statistics: 2006 - 2015
Occurrences involving aircraft striking wildlife, particularly birds, are the most common aviation occurrence reported to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). Strikes with birds continue to be a potential safety risk and present a significant economic risk for aerodrome and airline operators. The aim of the ATSB’s statistical report series is to provide information back to pilots, aerodrome and airline operators, regulators, and other aviation industry participants to assist them with managing the risks associated with bird and animal strikes. This report updates the last edition published in 2014 with data from 2014 – 2015.