IMPEL Implementation of the Bird and Habitat Directives at European Aerodromes Project made their first aerodrome visit
04 Apr, 2023
Aerodromes cover a significant part of Europe, scattered all over the continent, hosting a wide variety of Europe’s plant and animal species.
Some of these animals, especially the heavy and/or flocking species of birds and other animals, are one of the major hazards for aviation. When colliding with aircraft (aircraft – wildlife collision), the birds and other animals may jeopardize the safety of aircraft, its crew and passengers (and people living in the vicinity of aerodromes and beyond).
To safeguard aviation safety, EC Regulation 139 / 2014 has safety standards for all aspects of aviation, including the management of hazardous wildlife at and around aerodromes.
The IMPEL Implementation of the Bird and Habitat Directives at European Aerodromes Project aims to investigate the number of animals / species affected by aircraft, the number of animals / species affected by the derogations, the process to issue, execute and oversight of the derogations, the wildlife hazard management methods of the aerodromes and good practices for a win – win situation of both flight safety and biodiversity at aerodromes.
On 21 March 2023, the Project Team made their first aerodrome visit to Athens International Airport, Greece. The Project Team will continue their activities with aerodrome visits in Italy in April.
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