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.
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.”
sessions will be held on/at the following airports:
The training session
will include information on the following:
- 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.
- 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.
information, contact NCDOT Airport Project Manager Jennifer Fuller at (919)
814-0560 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.