The growth of wildlife populations, especially of birds, as well as the constant progression in air traffic movements, has led to an increased risk of birdstrikes at airports.
Today, the air transport industry is subject to ever increasing safety levels and requirements through international standards and national regulation. It therefore seems that wildlife hazard prevention is becoming a major factor in the airport safety strategy. This process is also part of ICAO's aerodrome certification requirements. This process is also part of ICAO's aerodrome certification requirements (COFA).
Through its many years experience in the field of bird strike prevention and wildlife management at airports, BTEE SA (Bureau de Travaux et d'Etudes en Environnement - Environmental Works and Studies Office), with the collaboration of Genève Aéroport has developed and refined a sound methodology aimed at managing and reducing wildlife risks at airports.
It turns out that the environmental and wildlife management at an airport is a field which requires thorough knowledge and expertise in various areas such as aeronautics, biology, ornithology, the handling of firearms, etc.
The professional recognition and international acknowledgement of Wildlife Hazard Management Agents career track should be a priority of civil aviation regulators and airport operators so as to ensure the best possible safety for aircraft and passengers.
Within the framework of wildlife hazard prevention, BTEE SA and Genève Aéroport have established a long time partnership and have created the Wildlife Hazard Management Unit of Genève Aéroport.
PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN AIRTRACE AND GENEVE AEROPORT
Genève Aéroport has taken wildlife hazard seriously since long ago, frequently bringing visits from international colleagues. That's why it was decided to make available our thorough experience in this particular field through a privileged partnership between airtrace and Genève Aéroport.
CEO BTEE SA
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES FOR WILDLIFE HAZARD PREVENTION
- Ensure professional recognition and international acknowledgement of the Wildlife Hazard Prevention Agent career track.
- Create and provide a high quality specialized training for Wildlife Hazard Prevention Agents.
- Bring together the skills of experts and professionals in the wildlife hazard management field.
- Ensure recognition of the all courses and diplomas on an international level.
- Increase the awareness of airport operators to wildlife risks.
- Ensure continuous training of airtrace graduates.
- Facilitate access to training for airports from developing countries.
- Bring the specific skills of reknown experts to airports.
- Create and manage a worldwide data bank containing wildlife hazard prevention and management resources.
EDUCATIONAL AND MATERIAL RESOURCES
There are various educational and material resources available to our students:
1. Wildlife hazard vehicle
A wildlife hazard vehicle, provided by Genève Aéroport within the framework of the partnership with airtrace, equipped with flashing lights and VHF radios as well as all mobile wildlife dispersal means:
- Pyrotechnic means
- Shooting equipment
- Distress calls sound speakers
2. Various communications media
3. Pyrotechnic dispersal means and firearms
4. Mobile and fixed acoustic dispersal means
5. Observation and capture equipment
6. Personal protective equipment