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WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AT AIRPORTS
Since December 31, 2006, Canadian Avian Regulations (CARs) requires airport users to provide training to personnel having duties related to wildlife management, at least every five years (CARs, section 302.307). FALCON trainings in wildlife management meets the regulatory requirements and are approved by Transport Canada and the ICAO.
Training offered by FALCON focuses on regulatory requirements, problematic species at airports, types of control methods, the safe use of wildlife control methods, implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS), implementation of KPIs to measure the effectiveness of the wildlife management program in place, drafting of a wildlife management plan and more. Case studies adapted to airport realities are presented. Each participant receives a training manual and certificates will be distributed.
Since 1998, FALCON has offered training adapted to all types of airports (international, regional, military, etc.), and various types of professionals such as firefighters, supervisors, airport managers, wildlife control officers, air traffic controllers, maintenance teams and pilots. FALCON has provided training for over 50 airports and organizations, and 300 different individuals.
FOR AIRPORT SAFETY OFFICERS
FOR OPERATION MANAGERS AND WILDLIFE CONTROL OFFICERS
The purpose of this course is to comply with federal regulations concerning the training of people responsible for civilian airport operations with regards to airport wildlife management in order to reduce the number and severity of wildlife strikes at Canadian and International airports.
BEST PRACTICES FOR THE USE OF PYROTECHNICS
Pyrotechnical devices are very effective and one of the best control methods according to Transport Canada and FALCON’s 25 years of field experience. However, most birds quickly habituate to diverse control methods employed and if used incorrectly, pyrotechnics can quickly become ineffective and very expensive.
During this course, FALCON presents the most effective method of using pyrotechnics to maximize their impact. We will also recommend the best cartridges for your situation (proximity to neighbours, timing of control, target species, resources, etc.). Safe use, maintenance and cleaning are topics covered with equal importance during this training. This course can contain theoretical and practical sections, depending on your needs.
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HOW TO PERFORM AN AIRPORT WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT PLAN (AWMP) AND TO IMPLEMENT KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS (KPIs)
SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (SMS) AND AUDITS
The integration of Safety Management Systems (SMS) into wildlife management programs remains a challenge with many managers. This course can help your organization manage the risks related to wildlife, determine objectives, elaborate a planning method and identify performance measures. The key components of SMS should include a safety management plan, documentation management, safety monitoring, training, quality assurance and preparations for emergency intervention. Throughout this training, FALCON can help build your own SMS adapted to your organization and designed for wildlife.
If SMS are already in place in your organization, FALCON can audit them to ensure that they comply. Audits performed by FALCON have no legal effect, but can provide guidance in anticipation of legal audits.
ESTABLISHMENT OF KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
SMS integration is mandatory for Canadian airports (CAR 107.03) and stipulates that a “safety management system shall include: a process for setting goals for the improvement of aviation safety and for measuring the attainment of those goals.”
In the case of wildlife management, progress is made only when airport authorities effectively monitor their program through data recording and adjust attenuation measures accordingly so as to meet the objectives and reduce wildlife risks. The proper way to determine the degree of success in achieving the airport’s objectives is to establish Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). These predetermined points provide a measurement of the effectiveness of the airport’s established wildlife management actions. Historically, these indicators concentrated on the annual rate of animal strikes per 10,000 aircraft movements as well as the resulting damage. Unfortunately, such KPIs do not always consider the level of risk associated with each species or species group. Since 2013, FALCON is highlighting the need for new KPIs that would better represent the airport’s risk in terms of wildlife species risk. For example, objectives can be based on the risk level of each species group. This effective method has been implemented at TPIA and is now spreading to other Canadian airports, such as Montreal-Trudeau International, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, and others. FALCON has been a strong advocate for the use of such KPIs and has been sharing its expertise with the aviation industry through national and international conferences
The purpose of this course is to enable personnel from any airport to write an Airport Wildlife Management Plan (AWMP), compliant with federal regulations, and specific to their site and wildlife issues. It will also help to identify the KPIs and different targets.
MITIGATION MEASURES FOR THE COHABITATION WITH PROBLEMATIC WILDLIFE
Many human interventions will have an impact on fauna whether in urban settings or natural habitats. FALCON can inform you on your regulatory obligations, their implications and how to comply. Laws such as the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997, Endangered Species Act, 2007 and the Species at Risk Act are among the laws that must be considered when your activities can disturb wildlife.
Depending on the animal species involved, time of year, type of disturbance anticipated, etc., FALCON can provide training for managers as well as the employees on the mitigation measures that are advisable to implement when cohabitation problems arise. These cohabitation issues can not only affect protected species but also species considered a nuisance such as gulls, pigeons or geese.