Improved Wildlife Management at Airports

Attention News Editors

OTTAWA, May 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The prevention of bird strikes is an important aspect of flight safety. A more consistent approach to wildlife management at Canadian airports, announced today by Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, is one tool to enhance flight safety.

The Canadian Aviation Regulations have been changed to require airports to assess the risk of wildlife strikes based on individual situations. This means evaluating the risk based on the types and numbers of wildlife around the airport, the level of aircraft traffic, the type of aircraft using the airport and the type of aircraft operations.

"The amendments will enhance safety at Canadian airports," said Minister Cannon. "These changes will help reduce the risk of a bird or other wildlife colliding with an aircraft near an airport."

Prevention of bird strikes begins at the airport, because the majority of bird strike incidents occur within the airport environment during the takeoff, climb, final approach, landing and taxi phases of the flight.

The goal of wildlife management programs at airports is to discourage all wildlife from seeking food, water and shelter at airports and their surroundings so as to reduce the hazards to planes and people.

The changes were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on May 17, 2006.

For more information on wildlife management, please visit Transport Canada's website at www.tc.gc.ca/CivilAviation/menu.htm.

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Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700 Lucie Vignola, Communications, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca. Subscribe to news releases and speeches at www.tc.gc.ca/listserv/ and keep up-to-date on the latest from Transport Canada.; This news release may be made available in alternative formats for persons with visual disabilities.

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