Division of Aviation to Sponsor Free Wildlife Hazard Training Sessions for Airport Personnel Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Six scheduled across the state; Kinston Regional to host first event on Feb. 20

RALEIGH – While their presence may be welcome elsewhere, wildlife can wreak havoc at an airport. Birds and other animals can damage planes on the ground or cause accidents by flying into the engines or roaming on airport grounds.

To increase awareness of these concerns and to improve safety for all, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will offer six free training sessions for airport operations personnel across the state. The sessions run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – Wildlife Services.

“Deterring wildlife strikes at airports and ensuring aviation safety is one of the most important aspects of what we do,” said NCDOT Division of Aviation Director Richard Walls. “Every airport in North Carolina should attend to learn the latest techniques from nationally-known experts in the field.”

The training sessions will be held on/at the following airports:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 20: Kinston Regional Airport;
  • Friday, April 5: Wilmington International Airport;
  • Friday, June 28: Asheville Regional Airport;
  • Friday, Sept. 13: Concord Regional Airport;
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30: Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport; and
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4: Moore County Airport, Southern Pines.
The training session will include information on the following:

  • General overview of wildlife hazards to aviation;
  • Review of the Wildlife Hazard Assessment and Wildlife Hazard Management Plan process;
  • Rules, regulations, legal reminders, wildlife permits;
  • Basic bird and mammal identification;
  • Wildlife attractants and habitat management;
  • Record keeping and communications;
  • Integrated management of wildlife hazards; and
  • Safety issues with equipment and procedures. 

For more information, contact NCDOT Airport Project Manager Jennifer Fuller at (919) 814-0560 or via e-mail at jmfuller@ncdot.gov.




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