North American Bird Strike Conference 2019

The 2019 North American Bird Strike Conference will be held August 12-15, 2019 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Find out everything you need to know before the event

North American Bird Strike Conference 2019

Once a year, experts gather to share, expand and get feedback on the wildlife hazard mitigation field, specifically birdstrikes. The 2019 event has attendees from FAA inspectors to anyone interested in mitigating wildlife strikes, and Eclipse Group of USA LLC will be there too.

We had the chance to interview Gary Searing, Chair, Bird Strike Association of Canada about the conference:

1) What do you expect for the upcoming conferences?

With over 30 presentations, a panel discussion and 4 workshops there is something for everyone. We are even trying out an international session preceding the conference to discuss broad, global issues. We have a special keynote by Sam Elfassy of Air Canada which should prove extremely interesting. 

I think the future lies in better training/knowledge by airport wildlife controller especially when it comes to understanding avian behavour and using that knowledge to better manage birds at airports.  No doubt we will continue to search for better tools, but the appropriate use if new and existing tools is critically important. 

3) What do you think a 1st time attendees would find at the conference?

Conferences are like intensive training sessions. I still come away with a couple of new ideas from each conference and a first time attendee should come away with a notebook full of ideas. And just as important are the connections made with colleagues from around the world. It is through building those connections that we progress as professionals and as a profession in general.

 

Nick Yearwood, Aerodrome & Wildlife Hazard Management at CAA International Group (UK CAA), also shared some of his opinions:

1) What do you expect for the upcoming conferences?

I expect a great participative stakeholders discussing the challenges faced by aviation in managing and mitigation the hazard posed by wildlife hazards on and in the vicinity of airports – appreciating that The success of this issue doesn’t rest solely with the aviation sector to fix.
 

2) Can you give us a hint on your speech on Measuring Effectiveness & Strike Data Evaluations?

 
My presentation will discuss and examine the inconsistencies associated with strike data. Using an example of US carriers operating to UK and vice versa. A relatively small number of operators and numbers of birdstrikes, mature aviation regulations and administrations, yet even this data sample revealed errors and inconsistencies from data bases and pilot reports.
 

3) Your opinion on the future of wildlife hazard mitigation.

 
We’re inevitability, seeing “silver bullet” solutions (Drones, Radars, Accoustic devices) to eradicate, manage and reduce the threat posed to aviation by wildlife hazards, at the same time a drift away from investment in people, training, competencies, equipment. The answer is a systematic approach – back to basics, reinvestment in people supported by the tools the need to do the job.
The big shift we’re now seeing is air carriers being far more involved and interested in working in cooperation and collaboration with airports to help manage wildlife hazard.
 

Eclipse Group Booth Location

We invite all attendees to our booth. Come by and say hi at Booth 16, and find out about our innovative system:

Eclipse Wildlife Control is a a company dedicated to provide state of the art solutions for wildlife control. Our staff is composed by engineers, BASH experts, and aviation industry. Eclipse manufacture and sell sophisticated solutions for aviation industry.
At Eclipse Wildlife Control we truly believe that:

“A complete toolbox and well-trained professionals”

is where everyone at the industry should put effort and investment in order to manage effectively this issue. This technological product allowed Eclipse to be recognized as one of the 100 most innovative startups of Latin America, North America & Europe.

North American Birdstrike Conference
Eclipse Group Booth location at NA Birdstrike Conference.

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