Wildlife Management

Off the Hook: Kangaroo Collision Case Appeal Allowed

Off the Hook: Kangaroo Collision Case Appeal Allowed

A little over a year ago, I wrote about a court case involving the owner of an aircraft claiming damages from an aerodrome operator after their aircraft collided with a kangaroo on landing. I was pretty proud of that post as I had exercised some newly developed court judgement reading skills. So, of course, the legal system would have to go an turn all that on its head and change its mind. It turns out that the aerodrome operator was not liable for the damage.

Let’s find out why and whether we agree with them…

Image credit: Altered photo by Scott Calleja

Wildlife Risk Management Series

Wildlife Risk Management Series

A long time ago I wrote a rather comprehensive series on wildlife hazard management within an ISO 31000 risk management framework. It was the launch series for the New Airport Insider website and quite a bit of work on my part - but I enjoyed it. So, I thought I would repackage it as a quick blog post with links to each article.

The $200K Kangaroo

The $200K Kangaroo

I’m not a big fan of safety tropes. They are often repeated without much thought and eventually this repetition becomes detached from the concept the trope is trying to convey. With many tropes, there are few non-trivial or non-catastrophic events that can reinforce the trope.

The saying on my mind today is “if you think safety is expensive, try having an accident”. The “accident” I often think about is something big, something catastrophic and something that happens to other people. I rarely uttered this trope because I, personally, didn’t feel the power of it.

Now, thanks to a court case in Australia, I feel the power has been returned to this saying. We know have a non-catastrophic event with quantifiable costs associated with the “safety” part and the “accident” part. Plus, I think nearly every airport safety professional out there can empathise with the operator in the case

The Bird Control Smörgåsbord

The Airport Cooperative Research Program has just released a synthesis of the many and varied bird control techniques in use at airports today. Its official title is ACRP Synthesis 23: Bird Harassment, Repellent, and Deterrent Techniques for Use on and Near Airports and its appears to have been no small undertaking.

It covers some background, the effect of bird on aircraft, avian biology and the principles of bird control before launching into specific details on 17 different techniques across 3 basic strategies - deterrents, harassment & exclusion.

The report's menu includes:

Chemical deterrents - 4-AP, Methyl Anthranilate, Antrhaquinone & tactile repellents

Visual deterrents & harassment - effigies, reflectors, lights, lasers, predators and dogs

Auditory harassment - gas exploders, pyros, biosonics & ultrasonics

Excluding facilities - wires & anti-perching devices

I've only read half of this report but I wanted to share it as soon as possible. In addition to each technique's details, the report includes examples "from the field" and an extensive bibliography.

This one is going to take some time to digest!