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Thursday May 18, 2017 – 13:13
That’s all for us. Thank you for following our live blog from the ICAO / ACI Wildlife Strike Hazard Reduction Symposium!
Thursday May 18, 2017 – 12:50
Stephen P. Creamer, Director, Air Navigation Bureau (ICAO) is now giving the closing remarks for #WSHRS2017
Thursday May 18, 2017 – 12:24
Capt. Rob Van Eekeren, President, World Birdstrike Association: Over the next 20 years, aviation traffic volumes are expected to at least double. Meanwhile, our prediction for wildlife wildlife is that we will see increased migration to agricultural areas and cities and increased wintering, which means increased risks. It is a complex issue involving the cooperation of multiple stakeholders:
- International and inter-regional
- Non aviation (agricultural, ecology, environment)
- Non civil aviation (military, training, etc)
Thursday May 18, 2017 – 11:45
Sarah Brammell, Chair, Bird Strike Committee, USA:
Safety doesn’t happen by accident. As a committee, we can bring new ideas, questions, and requests, acting as a whole stakeholder group and providing leadership in managing wildlife hazards to aviation.
Thursday May 18, 2017 – 11:33
The last session of #WSHRS2017 is on the importance of establishing bird strike / wildlife strike committees. Our final speakers are:
- Sarah Brammell, Chair, Bird Strike Committee, USA
- Nicholas Carter, Advisor to the Presidency of the Board of Directors CARSAMPAF
- Capt. Rob Van Eekeren, President, World Birdstrike Association (WBA)
John Weller, Vice Chairman, Bird Strike Committee USA is moderating the session.
Thursday May 18, 2017 – 10:42
An engaging Q & A session followed the presentations this morning. Now it’s time for a short break in the programme to grab some coffee. This break is sponsored by Airbus.
Thursday May 18, 2017 – 10:28
Aircraft engine design can contribute to the mitigation of the threat of bird strike. Chris Demers, Flight Safety Office engineer (Pratt & Whitney) is outlining the development process for engine designs. It includes:
- Regulation and field data review
- Computer modeling / design iterations
- Component testing
- Rig / engine development testing
- Certification testing
- Service experience
Thursday May 18, 2017 – 10:09
Nico Voorbach, Director, ICAO and Industry Affairs (CANSO) says cooperation is key to enhancing mitigation, which can be achieved by:
– Changing routes of aircraft outside threat zones
– Changing Standard Instrument Departure (SIDs) and Standard Terminal Arrival Route (STARs)
– Changing runways
Thursday May 18, 2017 – 9:52
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Thursday May 18, 2017 – 9:49
Capt. Heriberto Salazar-Eguiluz, AGE Committee Chairman IFALPA says wildlife issues must be assessed from a holistic point of view, and it requires an understanding of the international, national and local regulations concerning:
So what can pilots contribute, in the quest to mitigate wildlife strikes?
- Operational insight on local Runway Safety Teams
- Operational perspective for international coordination
- Wildlife strike reports
Thursday May 18, 2017 – 9:11
Our first session of the day is focused on the responsibilities of all stakeholders when it comes to preventing wildlife strikes. Michael J. Begier, National Coordinator, Airport Wildlife Hazards Program (USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services) will be moderating and giving the initial presentation. The complete panel of speakers are:
Thursday May 18, 2017 – 8:14
Today is the last day of the ICAO / ACI Wildlife Strike Hazard Reduction Symposium. We’ll be resuming our live coverage at 9AM EST!
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 17:06
That’s all for us for today! Check back tomorrow at 9AM EST for the final day of #WSHRS2017
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 16:45
Thanks to our final panel of the day for a great discussion. #WSHRS2017
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 16:27
Edwin Herricks, Professor Emeritus (Illinois University) gives an overview of new and emerging technologies at hand:
Habitat: Using spatial characterization achieved through a wide range of geographic information sciences tools
- Radar: provides surveillance over multiple scales supporting detection and tracking in 3-dimensions. Radars can also help track the movement of animals in the atmosphere, avian radar systems are designed to cover a 6 mile range and 3,000 ft altitude
- Data/information/user interfaces: user displays summarize data and provide easy access to it, to help us easily understand what is going on daily (near misses, number of crossings of runways)
Technology alone will not stop wildlife hazard collisions—but it can significantly contribute if we appropriately connect capacity to the need at hand.
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 16:14
Travis Devault, Project Leader (USDA WS National Wildlife Research Center), outlines areas of research for the prevention of wildlife-aircraft collisions as follows:
- Satellite tracking of hazardous birds
- Identifying alternative land covers on or near airports, such as non-herbaceous ground covers or solar arrays
- Evaluation of an acoustic hailing device, which uses sound to disperse wildlife
- Using geographic information systems (GIS) to explore the effects of landscape structures: analyzing what landscape patterns and interactions influence the occurrence of bird strikes
- Development of aircraft lighting.
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 15:57
Pierre Molina, Executive Director (Falcon Environmental Inc.) is detailing how to set KPIs for your Wildlife Hazard Management Programme (WHMP)
Some integral steps to take when setting your KPI:
- Identify wildlife management challenges
- Identify group of stakeholders to exchange with
- Set goals and measurable objectives
- Make sure you have the data to help
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 15:40
Onto the last session of the day, focusing on emerging technologies and future trends. Andy Baxter, Wildlife Manager, Birdstrike Management Ltd. (Heathrow Airport) will be moderating. The experts are taking the stage to discuss performance, improvement and perspectives:
Thank you to our first afternoon panel as they begin our Q&A session. #WSHRS2017
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 15:01
Ben Shertzer, Wildlife Administrator, Pittsburgh Airport emphasizes that a holistic approach to wildlife strike management includes the involvement of stakeholders in the communities that surround airports.
What can we do with our neighbours and property owners near the airport/aerodrome?
- Build co-operators: meet and educate local stakeholders in townships. These include developers, landowners/farmers, reservoir operators
- Work with communities to identify actions that can affect wildlife activities. Farming activities can serve as a food source, planting of grass or shrubs can serve as food or shelter for wildlife
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 14:56
This presentation was equal parts informative, insightful and adorable.
— ICAO (@icao) May 17, 2017
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 14:46
Melissa Hoffmann, Senior Wildlife Officer (Airports Company South Africa), is part of a team that uses dogs to scare birds away from strike danger zones. The dogs are obtained when they are puppies and are thoroughly trained to ensure they listen to commands and don’t wander too close to runways. Dog breeds used include Springer Spaniels, which help to flush birds out of dense tall grass areas. Interestingly, these spaniels can also sniff out nests and eggs, eliminating potential future wildlife strike risks.
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 14:40
Juergen Ebert, Wildlife Control Coordinator (Frankfurt Airport) details a few ways that aerodromes can control terrestrial animals that are at risk of causing a wildlife strike, including
- Improved infrastructure: fencing, soil composition, offering alternative habitats for animals (such as artificial dens)
- Habitat management: designed plant composition, intelligent grassland management
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 14:36
#Flashback An Interview with ACI’s Director General. Angela Gittens gave the openning address at #WSHRS2017. Take a minute to read her interview with on UnitingAviation.com
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 14:25
Juergen Ebert, Wildlife Control Coordinator, Frankfurt Airport, Terrestrial Land Animal Management. #WSHRS207
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 14:00
We’re back and ready to start the afternoon. Our session this afternoon is still base don best practices, but now we’re moving to discuss specific issues. Eoin Ryan, Vice President, International Training (Dublin Airport Authority International) is moderating this portion and the experts are making their way on stage:
Siete Hamminga, Co-founder/ Managing Director at Robin Radar Systems, demonstrates Avian Radar that works to mitigate birdstrikes. #WSHRS2017
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 12:35
Tanya Drapeau, Site Manager (Avisure Pty Ltd.) is presenting some wildlife harassment techniques they use:
- Pyrotechnics : has a startling effect, visually and audibly. These can vary to target specific species
- Stock whips: the whipping action is a way to frighten wildlife away due to the cracking sounds
- Visual deterrents: Lasers, spotlights, etc. These are used to direct wildlife away from the danger zone and into a safer area
- Trained predators: Using predators to mitigate the presence of other wildlife near the aerodrome. These include border collies, falcons, etc.
An excerpt from Tanya Drapeau, Site Manager, Avisure, on the importance and use of pyrotechnics. #WSHRS2017
Steve Osmek, Manager, Airport Biologist (Seattle-Tacoma Airport) is talking about the uses of avian radar:
It’s easier to predict where wildlife strikes will happen, versus how they will happen. That’s where the avian radar & FOD Sensors come into play. The radar can help identify wildlife hot spots, allowing aircrafts to slow down or take appropriate measures before a strike occurs.
Nick Atwell, Manager, Aviation Wildlife Hazard (Portland Airport) details the basics of the wildlife programme at their aerodrome:
- Short-term operational strategies: intensive hazing, trapping, translocation
- Research and Development: Prey-based studies, deterrents, other research
- Long-Term Management strategies: compatible land-use planning, habitat management
- Information and Education: working with Bird Strike Committee USA/Canada, public events, research and management with airports
David Bradbeer, Wildlife Program Specialist, Airside Operations (Vancouver Airport) on habitat management:
- Identify the hazardous species on your aerodrome
- Determine the habitats used by hazardous wildlife—and why. Is the runway a habitat, appealing to reptiles seeking warmth? Is there water nearby that could be an attraction to birds? What is the wildlife in the vicinity eating, and is that prey nearby?
- Manage the habitat, reduce the number of attractants in the area
- Assessment on if the efforts to manage wildlife are working
- If not, re-evaluate and adjust
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 11:36
The panel on methods and techniques for implementation of best wildlife management practices.
David Bradbeer, Wildlife Program Specialist, Vancouver Airport Habitat Management #WSHRS2017
We’re continuing the best practices session after our coffee break. Gary Searing, Executive Director of Birdstrike Canada, will be monitoring this portion focused on the methods and techniques of implementing best practices. The following experts are on stage:
A question and answer period is underway with Michel Glorieux, Camilla Rosenquist and Anastasios Anagnostopoulos at #WSHRS2017 before our coffee break.
Anastasios Anagnostopoulos, Head Wildlife and Biodiversity Management (Athens Airport) is speaking about training for wildlife control officers. How is training provided? Through videos, demonstrations, exercises, case studies etc. that are focused on:
- Needs analysis: Helps to identify objectives in terms of knowledge, skills, behavior and culture
- Design: Lesson planning, content design, assessment instruments, media
- Develop: Preparation of material and training
- Pre-Assessment: pilot training courses to identify areas for improvement
- Implementation: classes on the field or on the job
- Evaluation of trainees: provide feedback and areas that can be improved upon
Inside ICAO’s Assembly Hall here at #WSHRS2017
Camilla Rosenquist, Wildlife Manager (Copenhagen Airport) says a holistic approach to wildlife risk assessment is necessary and an integral part of best practices. A holistic approach includes considering assessment like a puzzle. The data from various stakeholders (bird controller data, citizen science, local stakeholder accounts, etc.) are the puzzle pieces that, when put together, creates a comprehensive and encompassing assessment.
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 9:40
Camilla Rosenquist, Wildlife Manager (Copenhagen Airport) says a holistic approach to wildlife risk assessment is necessary #WSHRS2017
— ICAO (@icao) May 17, 2017
Michel Glorieux, Wildlife Manager (Geneva Airport) on the step-by step process of the Aerodrome Wildlife Hazard Management Plan (WHMP): 1) Assess perimeter of responsibility of airport 2) Organize the wildlife hazard prevention, appoint wildlife hazard manager 3) Identify your environment — identify what your airport is like, what the natural and anthropic media are and the biological value of the natural media. 4) Identify the inhabitants near your aerodrome by consulting wildlife databases, perform the wildlife diagnostics for your surroundings 5) Take passive measures and develop the plan for changes to the airport environment and define your preventive measures. These measures should be listed in terms of priority in a modification plan, helping to identify frequency and equipment to be used 6) Identify active measures. Define the intervention procedures and methodologies, develop the active prevention schedule. 7) Develop the data collection and statistical analysis programme. Organize the data collection and process it. Publish your statistics. 8) Assess risk. Define the indicative level of the wildlife strike risj at the airport for the perimeter of responsibility 9) Training. Establish the training plan for those responsible for wildlife hazard prevention. 10) Develop your wildlife control programme. Draft the complete document, embodying the concept including risk analyses, procedures and the management of airport media plan.
Rishi Tarkudin, Director, Safety and Technical (ACI Africa) will be moderating the opening session on best practices. The planning of wildlife management is the first topic, and the following experts are taking the stage:
Wednesday May 17, 2017 – 8:42
A question and answer period to wrap up the first day of the ICAO / ACI Wildlife Strike Hazard Reduction Symposium (#WSHRS2017). Join us tomorrow at 9:00AM EST.
The final moments of the final session on Day 1.
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Lt. Col. Henrique Rubens Balta De Oliveira, CENIPA, AIG Brasil on the future of wildlife reporting:
Final thoughts from Karn: Wildlife strike problem cannot be managed by a single organization. Good co-operation and effective coordination is required from all concerned. By any means it cannot be wiped out but it can be minimized if better measures can be taken.
- 89% occurred on or near the aerodrome.
- 28% occurred during the take-off run or climb
- 61% occurred during the approach or landing roll
- 87% occurred during the day
- 13% occurred at night
Recorded bird strikes and the phase of flight in which they occurred:
Tuesday May 16, 2017 – 15:52
An interesting comparison presented by Deo Chandra Lal Karn:
Deo Chandra Lal Karn, Director Domestic Airport Operation and Facilitation Department, CAA of Nepal is on stage now, addressing the challenges in the regulations of wildlife hazard management. He says that bird strike committees also have a large role to play in the mitigating of wildlife strike hazards: • Collect bird activity data and report to higher level committee i.e., Airports Bird Control and Reduction Committee (ABCRC) • Discuss on problem of wildlife hazard management • Manage the wildlife hazard problem at airport • Carry out the directives issued
Stakeholder involvement and collaboration is important in mitigating wildlife strike risks, according to Adjei-Nmashie. That involvement includes:
Anita Adjei-Nmashie, Manager Aerodrome Safety & Standards, Ghana CAA has the stage. She’s detailing the components of the wildlife hazard assessments that are conducted following a bird strike: • Analysis of the event or circumstances which prompted the study • Identification of the species, numbers, locations, local movements, and daily and seasonal occurrences of wildlife observed • Identification and location of features on and near the airport that attract wildlife • Description of the wildlife hazard to aircraft operations • Recommended actions for reducing identified wildlife hazards to aircraft operations
Tuesday May 16, 2017 – 15:00
We’re running through the basic needs of risk-based, compliance-based and performance-based safety:
Tuesday May 16, 2017 – 14:51
Nick Yearwood of UK CAA has the stage now, emphasizing the collection and analysis of data. He points to that as being a key in delivering a better picture of wildlife risks.
Tuesday May 16, 2017 – 14:40
Welcome back! We’re ready to start the afternoon. The first session this PM is on regulatory framework. CAAs from different continents will present their own national regulatory framework and share their experiences and challenges. Up first is Nick Yearwood, Strategy and Policy Specialist, UK CAA.
Time for lunch! We’ll be taking a quick break and will resume our live coverage of #WSHRS2017 at 2:30PM EST. Thank you to Clear Flight Solutions and Aerium Analytics for sponsoring this lunch.
Tuesday May 16, 2017 – 12:54
Lots of useful technical information in the past two presentations, some of which is based on the efficiency of the ECCAIRS reporting system. Tom Mistos, Chief, Oversight Support Unit (ICAO) promises a more detailed presentation on that system Thursday.
Tuesday May 16, 2017 – 12:25
We’re starting the Global Picture session of the #WSHRS2017. This session will deliver a “where we are” status update on a global scale and provide some statistical analysis of wildlife strikes. Taking the stage now are:
- Yong Wang, Chief, Airport Operations and Infrastructure (ICAO)
- Tom Mistos, Chief, Oversight Support Unit (ICAO)
An interesting stat to kick us off, cited in Mr. Wang’s presentation: 68% of wildlife strikes happened during the day, 25% happened at night. The remaining happened at dawn or dusk.
Tuesday May 16, 2017 – 12:00
Thank you to the speakers contributing to the “Uniting the Community” session of #WSHRS2017. The panel included: Gilberto Lopez-Meyer (IATA), Capt. Ron Abel (IFALPA), Nico Voorbach (CANSO), Michael W. Hohm (IBAC) and Xavier Jolivet (ICCAIA)
According to Capt. Ron Abel, pilots can help mitigate wildlife strike hazards by providing: • Wildlife strike reports • Operational perspectives for international coordination • Operational insight on local runway safety teams
Capt. Ron Abel, President of IFALPA, details some of the things that pilots need when it comes to wildlife strike hazards:
Tuesday May 16, 2017 – 11:38
Lopez-Meyer highlights some successful multi stakeholder coordination efforts:
Some key elements of a wildlife management plan, according to Gilberto Lopez-Meyer:
Gilberto Lopez-Meyer, SVP Safety & Flight Ops, at IATA says success stories show that a proper wildlife management plan and a cooperative effort from multiple stakeholders are essential factors to reduce wildlife hazard.
That’s all for Jeff Skiles’ keynote speech. Incredibly engaging. We’re now taking a quick coffee break, sponsored by Avisure Pty Ltd.
— ICAO (@icao) May 16, 2017
Tuesday May 16, 2017 – 10:30
The moment of impact, the plane hits the river and the water flows over. Sully heads out of the cockpit to order evacuation. Skiles details how the incredibly professional crew were helping people into life vests and onto safety rafts. Only once every passenger and crew were off the plane, did Sully turn to Skiles and say “let’s get out of here.” Rafts were surrounding the aircraft in the river, as a New York ferry approaches and throws a boarding net over the side. Skiles details how he sat there with rope in his elbow, his hands too frozen to hold it, as passengers climbed from the raft up onto the ferry.
Tuesday May 16, 2017 – 10:25
Skiles is playing the exact tape from the plane. Sully’s short “we are not able” when air traffic control asks him if he wishes to reroute to Teterboro airport has the room wide-eyed and still.
Chills as Skiles is detailing the Mayday call. Air traffic control attempted to direct the plane to Teeterboro airport to land safely, but Skiles and Sully quickly knew that they would never make it there. The Hudson River became the only option. Sully took the public address phone and called out “brace for impact”. In the cockpit, the pilots are focused on slowing the plane down so it doesn’t break apart when it hits the water. Flaps are deployed while the landing gear is still up, at 1,000 feet in the air Skiles has given up on hope of restarting the engines or getting any rotation out of them at all. The pilots know that they need to ditch the airplane—they must land with the wings completely level in order to avoid cartwheeling the airplane.
You can hear a pin drop in the assembly hall as Jeff Skiles tells his story. Nervous and relieving laughter fills the room as he punctuates his tale with humour and describes the heroic professionalism of his flight crew.
An incredibly engaging speaker, Skiles is now bringing us through the exact sequence of takeoff. He is detailing his pre-flight checks, the weather that day, and funny anecdotes of his conversation with Sully as they take flight. Skiles describes how he saw a flock of birds, languidly flapping their wings, already too close to avoid. A split second later, the birds impacted the plane. Skiles describes the feeling similar to when you’re flying through hail. While Skiles knew he had to assess the damage, suddenly both engines failed. At that point, the flight was at minimum speed and Skiles describes feeling the aircraft sag in the air. He recalls how Sully immediately took control, calling out “my aircraft” to indicate that he would fly the plane while Skiles ran through the checklist to assess and troubleshoot. Plane was at 3,000 feet and they were losing 1,000 feet a minute. Watch the live stream here:
— ICAO (@icao) May 16, 2017
Skiles is putting us right in the jump seat with him as he starts his keynote speech. Running us through, minute by minute, the beginnings of Flight 1549. We are live streaming Skiles’ speech on Twitter; just follow ICAO.
Tuesday May 16, 2017 – 9:52
Jeff Skiles, First Officer of “The Miracle on the Hudson” now has the stage. Skiles started flying at the age of 16 and has logged over 23,000 hours in the sky, but only three minutes of that time catapulted him into the public eye. First Officer of US Airways Flight 1549,Skiles and Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger avoided catastrophe after a flock of Canada geese impacted the aircraft, causing both engines to fail. Skiles credits the successful landing in the Hudson River and the safety of all 155 passengers and crew on board to intense training, preparation, teamwork, organization, and learning from other pilots’ successes.
Tuesday May 16, 2017 – 9:50
Angela Gittens continues her opening remarks at the ICAO / ACI #WSHRS2017
Angela Gittens, Director General of Airports Council International on bird strikes: They are a pervasive issue affecting airports small and large in all regions of the world. It is a risk to safety and a financial burden. We are here so stakeholder, manufacturers, all people involved can come together and find solutions.
Tuesday May 16, 2017 – 9:32
Welcome to #WSHRS2017! We’re very excited to kick off this symposium and to welcome Jeff Skiles, First Officer of “the Miracle on the Hudson” as keynote speaker. It’s time for the opening session, as the speakers make their way on stage. The opening remarks will be given by: • Stephen P. Creamer, ICAO – Director Air Navigation bureau • Hajime Yoshimura, ICAO- President Air Navigation Commission • Angela Gittens, ACI – Director General
Some late registrations and exhibitor set ups taking place this morning, as we’re almost ready to kick off the ICAO / ACI Wildlife Strike Hazard Reduction Symposium.