Template for the Development of an Airport Wildlife Management Plan


4. Description of Airport Operations

[Insert here a brief description of the airport location (e.g., surrounding land use, geography and elevation, but not detailed biophysical characteristics), information on airport ownership, airport operator, typical traffic profile, runway characteristics, navigation aids, UNICOM information, other facilities, hours of operation and any other pertinent general information.]

Figure 1. Location Map

[Provide here a general location map of the airport, typically at 1:50,000 on a topographic map base or similar.]

4.1 Aircraft Movements and Types

The different patterns of flight operation between local and itinerant traffic may affect exposure to wildlife hazards and should be considered in the risk assessment.

Without an effective AWMP, at any given airport, wildlife strikes are likely to increase as air traffic movements increase. Therefore, the risk assessment process needs to consider the number of aircraft movements currently and, to the extent that forecasts are available, in the future.

Aircraft are not equally susceptible to having a damaging strike occur. For example, relatively slow-moving piston aircraft are not as likely to strike wildlife as are faster moving jet aircraft.

Aircraft also vary greatly in their susceptibility to damage from a wildlife strike. For example, turbofan engines, especially when mounted under-wing with their large, intake areas, are at greater risk due to damage from a bird strike than turboprop and turboshaft engines.

To facilitate the risk assessment process Tables 1 and 2 provide estimates on recent aircraft movements and types at this airport.

[Insert here comments referring to Table 1, characterize the general traffic profile and any higher risk flights such as MEDIVAC, air shows etc.]

Changes in traffic profile, such as an increase in jet powered aircraft, large increases in traffic volume or special events such as air shows, can result in significant shifts in risk and would require a re-assessment of risk.

Table 1. Local Airport Traffic

Classification Annual Movements [Indicate year] Trend in Movements Comments
Piston under 5700 kg [Indicate number] [General notation of forecast use] [E.g., seasonal or weekend differences]
Piston over
5700 kg
Turbo prop under 27000 kg      
Turbo Jet      

Table 2. Itinerant Aircraft Movements

Classification Annual Movements [Indicate year] Trend in Movements Comments
Piston under 5700 kg [Indicate number and year] [General notation of forecast use] [Seasonal, or weekend data]
Piston over 5700 kg      
Turbo prop under 27000 kg      
Turbo prop over 27000 kg      
Turbo Jet      
Turbo fan      

The airport typically receives between [xxx] and [xxx] movements of air traffic per year.

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