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We hope you are all doing well during these unprecedented times.

We recognise that due to COVID 19 there are many challenges to keep airport operations running. We have been continuing our fieldwork around the place and have observed and had reports that many airports are experiencing increased wildlife activity due to reduced aircraft traffic.

It is important at this time to keep routine wildlife dispersal in place and allow sufficient time to complete inspections and dispersal prior to any aircraft movements

With lower aircraft numbers it is also a good time to complete intensive dispersal of persistent or problematic species.
Also with fewer aircraft in the air, there is potential for nesting to occur in parked aircraft. It is worth conducting regular inspections of these aircraft.  
We wish you all good health and safety during this time.

Regards and best wishes,  Phil
Phil Shaw - Managing Director

Bird Nest Found In Vueling Airbus A320 Wing

by Linnea Ahlgren
April 13, 2020

Streets, parks, and beaches are not the only places being reclaimed by animals in the midst of coronavirus lockdowns. As maintenance was being carried out on a parked Airbus A320 belonging to Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling on Monday, birds were discovered to have built themselves a nest under its wing.

Wing-side real-estate

Where some see crisis, others see opportunity. Finding shelter under the wing of their larger aluminium kin, a family of birds decided to build themselves an elaborate nest. Not ones for letting perfectly good Airbus A320 real-estate go to waste, they were discovered as Vueling maintenance crew was giving the plane a thorough look-over.
It is not known if the crew proceeded to remove the construction, or if the birds will be allowed to nest away until the plane will be needed back in service.

Engine naps and business stowaways

This is not the first feathered stowaways to be discovered during maintenance. In April last year, Virgin Australia engineers spotted an owl napping in the engine of a plane parked at Melbourne Airport. The owl, discovered during pre-flight checks, was released back into the wild. 

Prior to that, in January 2019, as reported by Newsweek, an Asian mynah bird managed to sneak itself onto a Singapore Airlines flight between Singapore and London. Traveling in style, the bird was discovered in business class — but only 12 hours into the 14-hour long journey. Where it was hiding out until then is unclear.

Finches in hair rollers

Birds also become passengers on planes with more sinister underlying motives than naps or going for a joyride. As reported by Business Insider in December 2018, a passenger arriving at JFK in New York from Guyana was found to be smuggling no less than 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers and stuffed inside a duffel bag.

US custom officials believe they were brought to the country to participate in song competitions. People bet on how many times the finches will chirp, and apparently a winning male finch can sell for as much as $10,000.


Parking Position

According to Planespotters, as of the 5th of April, Vueling has parked 65 out of its 102 Airbus A320 aircraft. But airplanes are meant to fly in the air, not sit on the ground for extended periods of time. For planes parked for a long time, several precautions must be put in place, and maintenance must be maintained diligently to keep the planes in good condition. 

When the aircraft is parked, preferably in low-humidity conditions to reduce internal corrosion, a number of steps need to be taken. Crews put special preservative oil in the engine and hydraulic systems, and install plugs and covers to protect areas that would otherwise be vulnerable. 

Aircraft also need to have their tires rolled weekly to make sure they do not develop flat surfaces. This can be done by lifting the plane up and manually rolling the tires, or rolling the aircraft around the “parking lot.” 

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Check out this video of a Bird's nest that was discovered under the wing of Vueling A320 during storage.
A Tweet from Virgin Australia about the interesting places you might find an owl.

       New Manual of Standards (MOS) - Are you ready?       

Is your airport ready for the new Manual of Standards (MOS)? Requirements to manage wildlife hazards have changed and these provisions will come into effect in August 2020. Now is the time get your ducks in a row (or plovers, or magpies, or whatever species is creating a strike risk at your airport) and our wildlife experts at Avisure can help you.

We can provide training to your wildlife management and safety teams that are not only compliant with the new MOS but is customised to reflect your wildlife issues and operations.

Our Wildlife Hazard Assessments evaluate your entire program, from documentation to implementation, and includes a detailed compliance check against CASA regulations. This is the perfect way to see how you are travelling against the MOS and identify any gaps.

We can also help document your program (i.e. plans and procedures) in a way that complies with the new MOS and is commensurate with your operations and wildlife hazards.   

Check out our Capability Statement

Bird Fact Sheets

The Australian Museum is a wonderful bird resource with Bird Fact Sheets on 176 species from the Adelie Penguin to  Zebra Finch. Find out about identification, habitat, distribution, feeding and diet, and breeding behaviours.
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