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ACI and ICAO kick-off the inaugural Wildlife Strike Hazard Reduction Symposium

Montreal, 16 May 2017 –  Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have today opened the inaugural ACI-ICAO Wildlife Strike Hazard Reduction Symposium , taking place 16–18 May 2017, in Montreal, Canada. This partnership builds on the solid foundation of ACI-ICAO initiatives to improve aviation safety, enhance security, and promote the sustainable development of the industry.

Entitled “A Global Strategy for Addressing Wildlife Strike Hazards to Aviation,” the Symposium aims to increase international awareness of the wildlife strike threat to aircraft operational safety; build an international community to exchange ideas, experiences and cooperative efforts to better mitigate wildlife strike hazards on and in the vicinity of airports; advance new technologies, and formulate effective strategies to prevent wildlife strikes to aircraft. 

Speaking to a wide audience of States, airport operators, airlines, manufacturers and other aviation stakeholders, Hajime Yoshimura, President, Air Navigation Commission, ICAO and Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World, opened the Symposium by addressing the regulatory and industry perspectives. The keynote speech was delivered by Capt. Jeff Skiles, Co-Pilot, on the Hudson River Miracle. 

“Wildlife strikes affect airports, small and large, in all regions of the world,” said Gittens. “It is both a risk to aviation safety and a financial burden; and it is through events such as this Symposium that stakeholders can work together toward global solutions. To help our member airports manage wildlife hazards, ACI offers guidance through the APEX in Safety programme; guidance material such as the Wildlife Hazard Management Handbook ; and, the ACI Global Training course on Wildlife Hazard Management and Prevention . We are committed to working with ICAO, regulators and the rest of the industry, to reduce hazards from wildlife strikes—a critical element in improving aviation safety.”  

Wildlife strikes can cause accidents and serious incidents, costing the aviation industry billions in losses due to aircraft damage, flight delays and other operational impacts,” commented Stephen Creamer, Director of ICAO’s Air Navigation Bureau. “All aviation stakeholders need to work together to formulate a global strategy to address these hazards, and this ICAO-ACI Symposium will be an important step in that journey.

The next three days of the symposium will provide information on current and emerging technologies and techniques, identify best practices and allow for the exchange of practical ideas. The Symposium will also feature an industry exhibition to show the breadth of research and development activities as well as the latest tools. 

Notes for editors
1.Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2017, ACI serves 623 members operating 1,940 airports in 176 countries.

2.  A specialized agency of the United Nations,  ICAO  was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, capacity and environmental protection, amongst many other priorities. The Organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 191 Member States.

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