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The recognised industry body for practitioners of aviation wildlife hazard management in New Zealand

Promoting and enhancing the effective management of aviation wildlife hazards in New Zealand

The New Zealand Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group is a leader in airport wildlife strike prevention

A Network

of aviation professionals to better manage wildlife at NZ airports

Airports.   Airlines.   Authorities.   Associations.

Recognised by the NZ Civil Aviation Authority as New Zealand’s National Wildlife Strike Committee

Wildlife strikes and aviation

Aircraft and wildlife, especially birds, have been coming into contact with one another since the beginning of aviation. The first reported bird strike occurred in 1905, when the Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright struck a bird over an Ohio cornfield.

Bird strikes happen every day, and occur most commonly at airports (90 per cent according to ICAO), when aircraft are landing, or taking off. The majority happen at low altitudes: 50–60 per cent of bird strikes occur at zero to 50 feet, and 30 per cent between 50–500 feet.

Bird strikes worldwide have accounted for 262 human fatalities since 1988 and destroyed 250 aircraft. Bird strikes cause over $1.2 billion in aircraft damage annually.

Statistics on wildlife strikes

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Source: Boeing
Acknowledgement: Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group

Some startling statistics...
24 Dead
Date: Sep 1995
Location: Elmendorf, USA
Aircraft: E3A AWACS
Species: Canada Geese
Result: Aircraft destroyed
10 Dead
Date: Jan 1995
Location: Le Bourget, France
Aircraft: Falcon 20
Species: Lapwings
Result: Aircraft destroyed
34 Dead
Date: Jul 1996
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Aircraft: C-130
Species: Starlings
Result: Aircraft destroyed
2 Dead
Date: Jun 2003
Location: Milan, Italy
Aircraft: Lear 45
Species: Pigeons
Result: Aircraft destroyed
0 Dead
Date: Jul 1996
Location: Aktion, Greece
Aircraft: E3A AWACS
Species: Starlings
Result: Aircraft destroyed
0 Dead
Date: April 2012
Location: Australian airport (after take-off)
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300
Species: Australian White Ibis
Result: Engine blades damaged
0 Dead
Date: August 2019
Location: Near Zhukovsky Airport, Moscow (after take-off)
Aircraft: Airbus A321, 233 onboard
Species: Gulls
Result: Lost power, forced landing
0 Dead
Date: Nov 2008
Location: Rome, Italy
Aircraft: B737 800
Species: Starling
Result: Aircraft destroyed
0 Dead
Date: July 2017
Location: Gold Coast Airport (after take-off)
Aircraft: Airbus A330
Species: Masked lapwing/s
Result: Number 2 engine failure
0 Dead
Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York, USA
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Species: Canada Goose
Result: Aircraft destroyed
7 Dead
Date: Jul 2007
Location: Moscow, Russia
Aircraft: Antonov 12
Species: Unknown
Result: Aircraft destroyed

Acknowledgement: Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group

What we do

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  • Enhance industry and public awareness of aviation wildlife hazard management and the associated risk.
  • Promote industry best practice in aviation wildlife hazard management.
  • Provide a forum for stakeholders to discuss aviation wildlife hazard management and methods for reducing the associated risk.
  • Act as an information source for organisations and individuals with a vested interest in aviation wildlife hazard management.
  • Provide advice to relevant agencies and industry groups with regard to aviation wildlife hazard management policy, safety regulation and guidance material.
  • Liaise with other aviation wildlife hazard bodies worldwide.
  • Monitor progress in research, regulations, procedures and the methods available to manage aviation wildlife risk.
  • Encourage the provision of Wildlife Hazard Management training and promote proficiency for all personnel engaged in aviation wildlife hazard management.
  • Encourage the continued monitoring and recording of wildlife activity and strikes which affect aviation safety.
  • Encourage the reporting of all wildlife hazards and wildlife strikes to the Civil Aviation Authority and related bodies.
  • Monitor and review both national and international regulations, standards and guidance material on aviation wildlife hazard management.
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A network

of aviation professionals to better manage wildlife at NZ airports

The key to reduce damaging wildlife strikes to aircraft in New Zealand is by building a community of professionals to exchange ideas, experiences and co-operative efforts to better manage wildlife at all New Zealand airports.

It is through the ecological management of wildlife and the application of best practices that we will be successful in reducing wildlife strikes to aircraft. In pursuing these beliefs, we influence all aspects of airport wildlife management in New Zealand.

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If you would like to know more about what we do, or would like to discuss any particular matter relating to the management of aviation wildlife hazards, please get in touch with us through the contact details below.

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