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Wildlife Hazards at General Aviation Airports in New York. Study Objectives. Greatest and most common hazards GA airport needs Recommendations for airports Recommendations for further study. Field data compilation and analysis DOT survey Site Visits Wildlife Hazard Assessments.

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study objectives
Study Objectives
  • Greatest and most common hazards
  • GA airport needs
  • Recommendations for airports
  • Recommendations for further study
methods
Field data compilation and analysis

DOT survey

Site Visits

Wildlife Hazard Assessments

Analysis of GA industry

Airport uses

Aircraft

Wildlife strikes

Methods
results dot survey
Results- DOT survey
  • 18 responses
  • Range of settings and uses
results dot survey1
Results- DOT survey
  • Strikes- at 61% of airports
  • Major or frequent wildlife hazards- 50%
    • Deer
    • Geese
    • Starlings, gulls, crows, coyotes
results dot survey2
Results- DOT survey

Airport needs:

  • Funding
  • Equipment and personnel
  • Training
  • Permits & regulations assistance or guidance
results site visits
Results- site visits
  • Seven airports
  • Range of settings and uses
  • Geese and gulls- concerns at all airports
  • Deer and coyotes
results site visits1
Results- site visits
  • Attractants/ habitats on- and off- airport
    • Woods, brush
    • Grass management
    • Goose attractants
  • Regulated wetlands
results site visits2
Results- site visits

Airport needs:

  • Management options for wetlands
  • Information on regulations and permits
results wildlife hazard assessments
Results- Wildlife Hazard Assessments
  • Deer
  • Starlings
  • Gulls
  • Killdeer
  • Crows
  • Geese, coyotes, hawks
results whas
Results- WHAs
  • Fences- vegetation, frost heave
  • Grass management
  • Woods and brush
  • Goose attractants off-airport
results airports and aircraft
Results- Airports and aircraft
  • Increasing diversity of use
  • Increasing transient use
  • Wildlife strikes
    • 82 reported strikes at 20 airports
    • 24.3% resulted in damage
study results
Study results
  • 9 species primarily causing hazards
  • Major differences among GA airports
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Increasing vulnerability at GA airports
  • Larger GA’s can use some existing guidance
  • Smaller GA’s need a different approach
  • Research needs
recommendations
Recommendations
  • Go outside
  • Be aware of conditions
  • Request a site visit
  • Request a WHA
  • FAA-USDA Manual

Wildlife Hazard Management at Airports

acknowledgements
Acknowledgements
  • Seth Edelman and Steve Campbell

NYSDOT Aviation Bureau

  • Allen Gosser

USDA Wildlife Services New York

Thank you!