The joint International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) / Airports Council International (ACI) Wildlife Strike Hazard Reduction Symposium (WSHRS2017) will take place from 16 – 18 May at ICAO Headquarters in Montréal, Canada. It aims to increase the international awareness of the wildlife strike threat to aircraft operational safety; building an international community to exchange ideas, experiences and cooperative efforts to better manage wildlife strike hazards on and in the vicinity of airports; and advancing new technologies and formulating effective strategies in preventing and mitigating the risk of wildlife strikes to aircraft. The event will also be an opportunity for networking, collaboration and coordination between States, industry and other stakeholders.
New bird strike/wildlife analyses will be available at the
Wildlife Strike Hazard Reduction Symposium!
The ICAO Bird Strike Information System (IBIS) is an important element in accident prevention and is highly supported by airlines and experts working to reduce the threat of bird strikes to aircraft. It has contributed significantly to the development of international Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) on bird strike hazard reduction.
Over 70,000 bird strikes and wildlife incidents were analyzed for the most recent report, covering the years 2008-2015; the new report will be available for participants at the Symposium. Click here to view the last report, covering the years 2001-2007.
Topics of discussion for the Symposium
A programme overview for the event is available online, and the range of topics include:
The Global Picture
Data on wildlife strikes are valuable in helping the industry to better understand the dynamics of the wildlife strike problem. This session will deliver a status update on a global scale and provide statistical analysis of wildlife strikes. The session will reveal trends that will assist the community in recognizing areas of concern to be addressed through various means, such as effective wildlife control programmes.
Wildlife strikes are an increasing safety and economic concern that have resulted in hundreds of fatalities and enormous annual financial losses to the aviation industry. This session will focus on strengthening the importance of the implementation of ICAO SARP requirements and guidance materials on wildlife control as well as defining areas where new standards need to be developed. CAAs will have the opportunity to present their own national regulatory framework and share their experiences and challenges.
This session will focus on examples of techniques that can be used to deter or control wildlife at aerodromes, such as habitat management and repellent technology. Various stakeholders will have the opportunity to share their best practices from their own realities.
Emerging Technologies, Future Trends and Research
There is a variety of existing and new technologies available to predict and detect wildlife that is potentially hazardous to aircraft operations and provide information to reduce the risk of these hazards. Such technologies and procedures, including predictive and real-time bird avoidance systems, are particularly important in dealing with the significant hazards posed by wildlife beyond the boundaries of airports.
The most efficient way to prevent wildlife strikes would involve all stakeholders. This session will bring together airport operators, airlines, air traffic management, aircraft manufacturers and other stakeholders, including wildlife strike committees, to share their viewpoints on working together to reduce wildlife strike hazards.