DGCA Issues Guidelines To Airports After Recent Bird-Hit Incidents

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New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued guidelines on Saturday to all airports in the country to monitor incidents of planes colliding with birds and other animals.

Since there had been numerous instances of bird hits recently, the DGCA guidelines included conducting routine patrols in random patterns and informing pilots whenever there is any wildlife activity.

The guidelines are as follows:

  • The airports should carry out a wildlife risk assessment and rank them according to the risk posed to aircraft.
  • The airports must have a procedure to monitor and record wildlife movement data.
  • The airports should also have a procedure to notify pilots in response to any significant wildlife concentration or activity both on and in the vicinity of the airport.
  • Routine patrolling is the core of the wildlife hazard management programme.
  • The patrols should be carried out in random patterns rather than a regular route so that wildlife do not learn or become accustomed to the timing of patrols.
  • Aerodrome operators are directed to forward monthly action taken report on the implementation of wildlife hazard management programme and also provide wildlife strike data…by 7th of every month.

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