Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Airport’s Wildlife Hazard Management Program

The FAA/USDA Wildlife Hazard Management at Airports manual provides a framework to evaluate wildlife hazard management plans (WHMPs) and programs. The FAA’s Advisory Circular 150/5200-38, Protocol for the Conduct and Review of Wildlife Hazard Site Visits, Wildlife Hazard Assessments, and Wildlife Hazard Management Plans, defines minimum acceptable standards for field work and document preparation. While these publications provide valuable guidance, they do not include how airports can identify key metrics for success and risk reduction. Simple reductions in the number of wildlife strikes may not adequately characterize an airport’s program effectiveness at reducing risks to aviation, human health, and safety. Beyond compliance, there are additional sustainability considerations of an effective airport wildlife hazard management program, such as, budget and resource allocation, revenue generation, legal constraints, environmental initiatives, and community sensitivities. A robust, proactive approach to achieving the safest navigable airspace and land-use is essential. The objective of this research is to provide airport operators of all types and sizes with guidelines and tools to implement an effective and sustainable* wildlife hazard management program.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-30

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Performing Organizations:

    Mead & Hunt, Incorporated

    Lansing, MI  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Harmon, Lisa

  • Start Date: 20210305
  • Expected Completion Date: 20221104
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01731872
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-30
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 24 2020 3:41PM