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Welcome to the final newsletter for 2019. It’s a chance for us all to reflect on the year that was and contemplate the year that will be. 

2019 has been a big year for Avisure. We are proud of our contribution to Aviation safety and our application of sound science and ethical business practice. This year more than ever we have contributed through numerous conference and meeting presentations, participation in industry groups, delivery of webinars, submissions to government and in so many other ways. 

We trust that you and your families have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to an amazing 2020. What will the new decade bring??

Regards and best wishes Phil

Phil Shaw - Managing Director

Integrated wildlife hazard management program 

The Royal New Zealand Air Force journey

Maintaining operational readiness and airfield capability is critical for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) who operate a small but heavily committed aircraft fleet. Wildlife hazards are of particular concern as any conflict between aircraft and wildlife can result in serious damage, injury to aircrew, and a range of other operational consequences.
 
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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
How can Avisure help you?

Passive Management


Passive management intends to remove the motive for wildlife to be airside. If food resources are reduced airside and in the vicinity of an airport, then wildlife will have a decreased motive to be airside and will search for feeding opportunities elsewhere. Airports should not only have effective active management in place but also have effective passive management strategies to reduce wildlife risks.
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Scholarship winner


Alexandra Stone was one of the winners of the Australian Airports Association’s (AAA) 2019 scholarship to attend the national conference on the Gold Coast. Thanks to Melissa Evans and Canberra Airport, Alexandra attended all four days of the national conference as a Young Airports Professional scholarship winner.
 
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Did you know?


Dogs were first used as a bird deterrent in 1998 by zoologist Dr. Nicholas Carter at the Southwest Florida International Airport. Since then dogs have been part of wildlife hazard management programs at Air Force airfields in the US, Israel, Canada and New Zealand and civilian airports in Europe and the Gold Coast in Australia. 

Avisure Services use two dogs as part of the integrated wildlife management program at Vancouver International Airport in Canada. ‘Pilot’ and ‘Echo’ are Mudi’s, a Hungarian breed known for their herding abilities. We have recently retired ‘Flight’ a border collie and have ‘Echo’ in training.
 

Bird Identification Quiz

How good is your bird identification?
Click on the image to test your skill. 
Just choose your:
  • Country
  • State/Provience
  • Bird List
  • Quiz Mode
and off you go!
 

NZ Airports Association Conference 2019


Jill Brix, Avisure’s Principal Aviation Consultant was invited to speak at the New Zealand Airports Conference on ‘An Airports Best Friend - using dogs for wildlife hazard management’. She also participated in an emergency management panel.
 
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RESOURCES -
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.
 
Check out Australian Museum animal factsheets

"Lucky" the Fairy Martin


During Avisure’s monthly wildlife surveys in the Gold Coast region, a Fairy Martin chick fell into a drain from its nest in front of Avisure’s biologist and wildlife technician.

Quick to action, the team managed to save the chick from the water and was scooped up into an Avisure cap.
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