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FAA + Wildlife Hazards = Work Regulations – Interpretations 32nd Annual Airport Conference John R Weller – Staff Wildlife Biologist FAA March 5, 2009
1) $ HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SAFETY 2) FAA HQ PROVIDES INTERPRETATION OF REGULATIONS…; FAA REGIONS PROVIDE ENFORCEMENT OF REGULATIONS AND…; AIRPORTS FOLLOW REGULATIONS
FAA Advisory Circulars AC No: 150/5200-36 Qualifications for Wildlife Biologist Conducting Wildlife Hazard Assessments and Training Curriculums for Airport Personnel Involved in Controlling Wildlife Hazards on Airports June 28, 2006 What defines qualified wildlife biologist? How and who verifies credentials of W.B.? Who is qualified to provide wildlife mitigation training to airport personnel? How long does it reallllllly have to be?
FAA Advisory Circulars AC No: 150/5200-34A CONSTRUCTION OR ESTABLISHMENT OF LANDFILLS NEAR PUBLIC AIRPORTS January 26, 2006 AC No: 150/5200-33B HAZARDOUS WILDLIFE ATTRACTANTS ON OR NEAR AIRPORTS 8/28/2007 AC No: 150/5200-32AREPORTING WILDLIFE AIRCRAFT STRIKES 12/22/04
Certalerts CertalertNo. 97-09 Wildlife Hazard Management Plan Outline11/17/1997Certalert No. 04-16 Deer Hazard to Aircraft and Deer Fencing 12/13/2004Certalert No. 98-05 Grasses Attractive To Hazardous Wildlife 9/21/1998 Certalert No. 04-09 Relationship Between FAA and Wildlife Services 8/302004CertalertNo. 02-06Access to the FAA National Wildlife Aircraft Strike Database 10/1/2002Certalert No. 03-03 Guidelines For Submitting Bird Strike Feather Remains For Identification 8/29/2003 Certalert No. 06-07 Requests by State Wildlife Agencies to Facilitate and Encourage Habitat for State - Listed Threatened and Endangered Species and Species of Special Concern on Airports Date: 11/21/2006
MOU’s & MOA’s MOA - Between the FAA, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Address Aircraft-Wildlife Strikes This Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) acknowledges each signatory agency’s respective missions. Through this MOA, the agencies establish procedures necessary to coordinate their missions to more effectively address existing and future environmental conditions contributing to aircraft-wildlife strikes throughout the United States. MOUNo. 12-34-71-0003-MOU - Between the FAA and the USDA/ Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service/ Wildlife Services… continues the cooperation between the FAA and Wildlife Services (WS) for mitigating wildlife hazards to aviation.
Airport Wildlife Challenges: Increasing human population Increasing wildlife populations Wildlife rapidly habituate to harassment/ frightening techniquesWildlife are dynamic = large territories (different nesting/ roosting/ feeding sites) Airports have limited funding (particularly General Aviation airports) Public and employees sensitive to killing of wildlife