ICAO/ACI Wildlife Strike Hazard Reduction Conference starts from today

ICAO/ACI Wildlife Strike Hazard Reduction Conference starts from today

May 16, 2017

The wildlife strike hazard reduction symposium is starting from today with collaboration of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Airport Council International (ACI). The event is being held in Montreal, Canada and will last for three days (up to May 18).

The main purpose of the conference is to enhance the international awareness of the wildlife strike threat to aircraft operational safety. It will allow representatives from an international community to exchange and share ideas, information, experiences to manage wildlife strike hazard on and in the vicinity of airport.

Moreover, the conference also will be discussing on advanced technologies required for deducting risk of wildlife strikes to aircraft. The event will also be an opportunity for networking, collaboration and coordination between States, industry and other stakeholders.

The conference will result exploration of new technologies to minimize the risk of wildlife strikes, enhancement of wildlife strike reporting, exchange of best practices for wildlife management programs, formulation of global strategies to address wildlife strike hazards and understanding of the roles of existing bird strike committees.

Nepal is also participating in the conference. Dev Chandra Lal Karna, member of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), is representative from Nepal.

Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) frequently encounters wildlife hazard in its vicinity. TIA halted its operation for half an hour a month ago due to suspect of leopard in the runway. Bird strike is also a major problem in the only international airport of the country. Hence, the ICAO/ACI Wildlife Strike Hazard Reduction Conference is highly beneficial for Nepal.

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