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Integrated wildlife hazard management program – the Royal New Zealand Air Force journey

By Jill Brix, Principal Aviation Consultant, Avisure Maintaining operational readiness and airfield capability is critical for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) who operate a small, but heavily committed, aircraft fleet. Wildlife hazards are of particular concern as any conflict between aircraft and wildlife can result in serious damage, injury to aircrew and a …

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Grass tree inflorescence removal – passive management

Native and introduced flora species can have an impact on wildlife populations in Australia as they can provide a source of food and shelter. Grass trees (Xanthorrhoea sp.) are a native Australian species that have been known to attract hazardous species, such as flying-foxes, when they flower. Some airports in Australia have grass trees in …

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Alexandra Stone – Young Airports Professional scholarship winner

Winner of the Australian Airports Association’s (AAA) 2019 scholarship. Avisure’s Wildlife Biologist, Alexandra Stone, was one of the winners of the Australian Airports Association’s (AAA) 2019 scholarship to attend the national conference on the Gold Coast. Thanks to Melissa Evans and Canberra Airport, Alexandra attended all four days of the national conference as a Young …

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Is it a black kite or a whistling kite?

Managing wildlife hazards can be complex, and requires not just aviation expertise, but an understanding of wildlife and how to manage it by Jill Brix, Principal Aviation Consultant, Avisure A common question many aerodrome reporting officers (ARO) ask themselves when doing their regular bird counts or completing aerodrome patrols to check for wildlife hazards. And …

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Aviation safety bulletin: misrepresentation of lasers used for airport wildlife management

AVIATION SAFETY BULLETIN, March 2017 MISREPRESENTATION OF LASERS USED FOR AIRPORT WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT. SHORT FORM Green 532nm lasers have proved useful for dispersing wildlife away from critical flight paths, thereby reducing the risk of collision between aircraft and wildlife (wildlife strike).    However recent incidents in Europe, Oceania and North America have shown that some lasers …

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Vale Joe

Joe was the first bird dispersal dog to work on an Australian airport. In 2009, things were not looking too good for Joe—he was unwanted and surrendered to a dog shelter. Fortunately, at the same time, Phil Shaw was looking for a canine addition to the Avisure wildlife management team to help Gold Coast airport …

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Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Emergency ‘Exercise Burnout’

by Jill Brix, Principal Consultant, Avisure Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (BBGA) is the heart of the Northern Rivers region of the far north coast of NSW, providing tourists, businesses, locals, movie stars and rock bands alike access to this special part of Australia. The airport lies in the North Creek catchment which flows into the …

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Faces of Avisure | Alexandra Stone

wildlife biologist Alex’s passion for wildlife began during a trip to South Africa in 2002. Being up close to exotic wildlife, in particular, a lioness and her cubs, sparked her passion at a young age. In 2011, Alex worked as a trainee veterinary nurse at Greencross Vets, where she earned a Certificate II in Animal …

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Australian aviation wildlife strike statistics 2008 – 2017

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is Australia’s national transport safety investigator. The ATSB’s function is to improve safety and they pull together all the information and present it to the public. What the ATSB found Between 2008 and 2017, there were 16,626 confirmed birdstrikes reported to the ATSB. The number of reported birdstrikes has …

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AAA webinar ‘Interpreting wildlife behaviour’

The Australian Airports Association Webinar Series – Director of Research and Development for Avisure presents ‘Interpreting wildlife behaviour for effective management at airports’. Presented by Dr Jeff McKee, Director Research and Development, Avisure Avisure specialises in wildlife and bird strike risk management. Avisure’s team of aviation ecologists have been helping airports and aviation industry stakeholders …

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