Guidelines for Systematically Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Airport's Wildlife Hazard Management Plan

All Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificated airports have conducted a wildlife hazard assessment and have completed, or are in the process of completing, wildlife hazard management plans (WHMPs). WHMPs must include procedures for their regular review. The FAA/USDA Wildlife Hazard Management at Airports Manual provides a framework to evaluate WHMPs, and 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, explains continual monitoring programs, and provides evaluation checklists. 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 at an airport may not adequately assess a WHMP’s effectiveness at reducing risks to aviation, human health and safety, or addressing potentially conflicting goals (such as wildlife conservation efforts). The objective of this research is to provide airport operators with guidelines and tools to evaluate the effectiveness of their wildlife hazard management plans to reduce wildlife strike risks to aviation.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • 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

  • Start Date: 20200225
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • 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