Message from the Director General
Message from Angela Gittens Director General, ACI World A global strategy for addressing wildlife strike hazards to aviation
A diversity of wildlife species, including birds, mammals and reptiles, can be found on or around aerodromes the world over. Some species of wildlife pose a risk to aviation safety as well as a financial burden. Data from the US civil aviation authority, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), tell us that the number of reported bird strikes increased over sevenfold from 1,847 in 1990 to a record 13,795 in 2015. For 1990â€“2015, 169,856 strikes were reported (FAA, 2016). Issues of wildlife hazards are pervasive in our industry, affecting airports in all regions. Best practice is that wildlife hazards should be identified, assessed and managed through a Wildlife Hazard Management Plan, the first step of which is a Risk Assessment, an in-depth study
of the probability and severity of strike per specie. Without such an assessment, mitigation efforts are less likely to be effective. The ACI Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety programme is a peer review service that provides assistance for ACI Member airports around the world, helping them improve their level of safety and compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and ACI best practices. The core of the programme is the on-site safety review by an ACI Safety Review Team, comprised of a carefully selected team of active airport professionals that identify safety gaps and recommend solutions to address such gaps.
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