Nearly 100 people, representing all sectors of the aviation industry, came along to the 2007 forum to discuss the issue of bird and animal hazards and share how their organisations were managing the problem.
The Forum was jointly sponsored by the Australian Airports Association, Boeing, CASA, Qantas, Melbourne Airport, and Virgin Blue.
The 2007 forum focused on the wildlife hazard management programs from numerous Airports and Aerodromes nationally. Associate Professor David Paton provided a broad presentation capturing 20 years of involvement with the management of wildlife hazards at Adelaide Airport.
Gil Richardson from Melbourne Airport provided his unique perspective of working with both state and local governments to ensure the suitable use of land around airports.
Other presentations included:
- a joint presentation between Stephanie Bolt from Adelaide Airport and Mark Wilson of Melbourne Airport who experienced similar bird strike events at the same time of year
- an update from Rebecca Johnson of the Australian Museum on DNA research and the Mega Bat study
- Perspectives from airports in Darwin, Maroochydore Sunshine Coast, Wellington (NZ) Hamilton Island and Broome on their individual wildlife hazard management programs.
An open discussion forum, with an expert panel, wrapped up the day. Questions raised were able to be answered by the panel and attendees in the audience who had a great deal of collective experience and expertise.