Embry-Riddle Hosts Wildlife Hazard Management Workshop

Daytona Beach, Fla., Sept. 13, 2006 -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Center for Professional Education will offer the first in a series of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-accepted Wildlife Hazard Management Workshops from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2006, in Daytona Beach, Fla.

These three-day workshops will prepare the participant for compliance with requirements established by recent revisions to Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 139. The workshops are designed for individuals who train airport personnel responsible for implementing FAA-accepted wildlife hazard management plans, as well as anyone directly involved in controlling wildlife hazards at airports.

Highlights of the program include discussions on wildlife population management and dispersal techniques, Endangered Species Act compliance, strike reporting, wetlands mitigation, pesticides usage, drafting and implementation of integrated wildlife hazard management programs, and an overview of applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and ordinances.

The first workshop will feature a field trip to Daytona Beach International Airport to conduct an actual Wildlife Hazard Assessment (WHA). The field trip will be facilitated by the Teaching Airport, led by Dr. Seth Young, a partnership between Embry-Riddle and Daytona Beach International Airport that provides research and learning opportunities for students in aviation, aerospace, engineering, and high-tech sciences.

Participants who successfully complete the workshop will receive a certificate of attendance and 2.4 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Continuing Education Units (CEU).

Wildlife management experts Russell Defusco, Archie Dickey, Richard Dolbeer, and Paul Eschenfelder will lead the workshop.

Embry-Riddle associate professor Archie Dickey is the principal investigator for the Wildlife Mitigation Website, an FAA-contracted tool that allows personnel at airports around the country to file online reports of wildlife strikes that occur at their facilities.

Richard Dolbeer is the national coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture program to reduce wildlife hazards to aviation. Dolbeer was the 2005 winner of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Excellence in Aviation Research Award.

Paul Eschenfelder has been an aviation safety advocate for more than three decades. He has participated in FAA rule writing, National Transportation Safety Board safety recommendation writing, and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS) development.

To register, visit the workshop website at www.erau.edu/ec/soctapd/wildlifemgmt.html. For more information, contact Billy Floreal, Center for Professional Education, at (386) 947-5227 or florealb@erau.edu.

The Center for Professional Education develops and delivers benchmark-quality nondegree and certificate education programs for corporate and institutional clients, adult learners, and working professionals. Training is delivered through off-campus programs, short courses, online learning, seminars, workshops, and conferences. The Center addresses the needs of the aerospace, aviation, and transportation industries.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. The university educates more than 32,000 students annually in undergraduate and graduate programs at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., Daytona Beach, Fla., and Worldwide at more than 130 centers in the United States and Europe, and through online learning.