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2012 Australian National Wildlife Hazard Management Forum – Sydney

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Anja Divljan presents a talk on bats at the AAWHG Wildlife Management Forum 2012.


Darren Angelo - Aerodrome Inspector, Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Kylie Patrick  - Avisure.

September 2102 saw the 6th National Wildlife Hazard Management Forum coordinated by the Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Management Group (AAWHG). Comprising of various aviation industry representatives, the AAWHG have been facilitating these forums since 2006 to support the growing need for knowledge and innovation in managing the increasing wildlife strike risk throughout the country. Attended by airport operators, airlines, pilots, military, regulators, government departments, wildlife hazard managers, airport safety officers and ornithologists, these forums bring together all facets of the industry to share information and work together to better manage the risk.

This year’s forum included:

  • An update on the AAWHG activities for 2012;
  • An update from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau on the latest wildlife strike statistics and trends;
  • Results from a Civil Aviation Safety Authority survey of Australian aerodromes including the techniques used and the resources available for their wildlife hazard management;
  • An update on international efforts and innovations in wildlife hazard management;
  • An update on the new National Airport Safeguarding Framework and its intended role for wildlife hazard mitigation;
  • A legal perspective on wildlife hazard management and litigation;
  • A panel presentation that tracked a real 'bird strike' event from the perspective of the pilot, airport safety officer, aircraft engineer, airline management and the laboratory personnel involved;
  • Case studies from Sydney Airport, Brisbane Airport and Darwin Airport;
  • The role of DNA and visual techniques for species identification;
  • The history of wildlife strikes and the projected risk for the future;
  • Tours of the Australian Museum forensics laboratories and their specimen collections; and
  • A wildlife hazard management tour of Sydney Airport.

More information and access to most of the presentations from this and previous forums are available from the AAWHG website:
Full details at:

 Andrew King demonstrates the process of taking a sample for DNA extraction from a simulated bird strike.Andrew King demonstrates the process of taking a sample for DNA extraction from a simulated bird strike.

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