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Airport Bird Strike Management

An Overview:

Bird strikes, the collision between aircraft and birds or other wildlife, pose a significant safety risk in aviation. Managing bird strikes at airports is critical to ensure the safety of passengers, crews, and the integrity of the aircraft.

Short Course Modules:

Module 1: Introduction to Bird Strikes and Airport Safety

1.1 Understanding Bird Strikes and Their Risks

1.2 The Importance of Bird Strike Management

1.3 Regulatory Framework for Airport Safety

1.4 Key Stakeholders in Bird Strike Management

Module 2: Causes and Risk Factors of Bird Strikes

2.1 Airport Location and Attractants for Birds

2.2 Seasonal Variations in Bird Activity

2.3 Time of Day and Bird Strike Risk

2.4 Altitude and Bird Strike Occurrence

Module 3: Bird Species Identification and Behavior

3.1 Common Bird Species at Airports

3.2 Bird Migration Patterns and Risks

3.3 Understanding Bird Behavior and Activity

3.4 Nesting and Roosting Sites Identification

Module 4: Bird Strike Management Plan and Risk Assessment

4.1 Developing a Bird Strike Management Plan

4.2 Conducting Comprehensive Risk Assessments

4.3 Habitat Modification to Reduce Attractants

4.4 Integrating Risk Assessment into Airport Operations

Module 5: Avian Radar and Detection Systems

5.1 Use of Avian Radar for Bird Detection

5.2 Radar Systems and Their Capabilities

5.3 Data Analysis and Interpretation

5.4 The Role of Avian Radar in Bird Strike Prevention

Module 6: Non-lethal Bird Dispersal Methods

6.1 Hazing Techniques for Bird Dispersal

6.2 Use of Loud Noises and Predator Calls

6.3 Laser Systems for Bird Dispersal

6.4 Innovative Non-lethal Methods

Module 7: Wildlife Management Teams and Training

7.1 Role of Wildlife Management Teams

7.2 Training Wildlife Experts in Bird Management

7.3 Rapid Response and Intervention

7.4 Integrating Wildlife Management into Airport Operations

Module 8: Reporting and Data Collection

8.1 Reporting Bird Strikes and Damage Assessment

8.2 Data Collection and Analysis for Trends

8.3 Utilizing Data for Safety Improvements

8.4 Reporting Protocols and Guidelines

Module 9: Air Traffic Control and Pilot Training

9.1 ATC Awareness and Alerts for Bird Activity

9.2 Pilot Training on Bird Strike Avoidance

9.3 In-flight Procedures After a Bird Strike

9.4 Bird Strike Reporting Protocols

Module 10: Legal Framework and International Cooperation

10.1 Compliance with Aviation Safety Regulations

10.2 International Bird Strike Committees and Cooperation

10.3 Legal Aspects of Bird Strike Management

10.4 Sharing Best Practices and Lessons Learned