FAA Launches "Report
Wildlife Strikes" A General Aviation Wildlife Outreach
By Mike Mitchell
November 10, 2011 - The FAA recently launched a wildlife
poster outreach campaign for the general aviation (GA)
community; pilots, airport sponsors, mechanics, engine
manufacturers, students at aviation schools, and
aviation organizations to increase wildlife strike
reporting among this important segment of aviation.
For the last 50 years, the FAA has worked to reduce
wildlife strikes at airports and periodically conducts
studies to gauge the effectiveness of its program. The
latest study shows that the general aviation population
accounts for only six percent of the total strikes
reported, which is more than 100,000 reports.
Through increased and concentrated educational outreach,
the FAA hopes to close the reporting gap between the
more than 2,000 GA airports and certificated airports
that operate with an increased level of safety and
year's poster "Report Wildlife Strikes" depicts a caution sign
with a bird inside and the simple message to report wildlife
strikes. Copies of the poster have been delivered to the general
aviation community and are designed to be placed in highly-used
areas such as training rooms and break rooms.
wants to hear from airport sponsors why reporting is low and
encourage them to work with the FAA to increase reporting and
reduce wildlife strikes. The strike information will tell the
airport sponsors and the FAA what types of wildlife are
involved, the amount of damage to the aircraft, and how many
strikes occur at general aviation airports annually. This
information will allow the FAA to help airport sponsors develop
wildlife mitigation plans to reduce wildlife strikes.
addition to the poster outreach, the FAA encourages GA airports
to conduct a wildlife hazard assessment to help airport sponsors
understand and determine the wildlife hazards on their airports.
The FAA may support GA airports by making Airport Improvement
Program grants available to conduct an assessment.
The FAA has developed a mobile application software to make strike reporting easier. Now, anyone can report a wildlife strike via the web or their personal data device. The FAA also placed a Quick Response (QR) code scanner on the bottom of the poster for smart phone users who have the QR application.
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