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Airport Wildlife Management: Mitigating wildlife hazards

24 May 2016  •  Author(s): Anastasios Anagnostopoulos, Head of Wildlife and Landscaping in the Environmental Services Department at Athens International Airport S.A.

Anastasios Anagnostopoulos, Head of Wildlife and Landscaping in the Environmental Services Department at Athens International Airport S.A., explains how birdstrikes and wildlife hazard control can be integrated into an airport’s safety management system.

Airport Wildlife Management: Mitigating wildlife hazards

During the last decade, there has been increasing interest for more comprehensive and effective Aerodrome Wildlife Management Plans (AWMPs) that go beyond compliance with ICAO’s standards and recommended practices (SARPs). The recent update of a number of ICAO documents related to aviation safety1,2 and wildlife management3 – and also the publication of new documents4 – highlights the need for AWMPs to be harmonised with the Aviation Safety Management System (ASMS) and follow the new approach towards a performance based safety model.

The most recent ICAO provisions regarding the ASMS2 aim to create and enhance a safety culture at organisational, professional and national levels, including all stakeholders involved in aviation safety, based on four components and 12 elements. As such, the various airport wildlife management aspects should be understood and addressed in the same light.

However, as with other aspects of aviation safety, the creation of such a culture in the field of wildlife management is not restricted to the national level, since a great number of wildlife species extend beyond national borders. ICAO and regional rule-makers, such as the European Aviation Safety Agency, are working together with regional and international committees and organisations (ACI, World Birdstrike Association, etc.), towards the extension of this culture beyond the borders of each State in order to create a global shield in the direction of a safer aviation industry.

In line with the ASMS principles, a number of aspects should be considered when developing an AWMP…

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