2022 Forum

14-15 September, 2022

Rydges Adelaide, South Australia

Full registration: $395.00

Includes 2-day forum, 2 x lunches, 2 x morning and afternoon teas, and evening networking function on 14 September.

Rydges Adelaide special room rates for the guests attending the 2022 AAWHG Forum.

Registrations open!

The Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group’s biennial forum will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, on 14–15 September 2022 at Rydges South Park Adelaide.

Normally held every two years (alternating with a workshop), the AAWHG forum is a highlight of the aviation wildlife hazard management calendar, attracting industry representatives from around the world to discuss best practice aviation wildlife hazard management and safety.

The forum attracts professionals from across the aviation industry, including airport operators and ground crew, airlines, pilots, service and equipment suppliers, wildlife specialists, trainers, ATC, accident investigators and regulators.

2022 Industry Awards​

Each forum year, the Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group recognises those individuals or organisations that are implementing innovative and effective aviation wildlife management strategies through an Avisure-sponsored award.

Commendations are given to representatives from the industry for their outstanding contribution to reducing wildlife strike risk.

We’re calling for nominations for the 2022 awards, to be presented at the AAWHG forum in Adelaide, 14-15 September. 

Nominations close: Friday 26 August

Keynote Speakers

Carla J. Dove 

Program Manager – Feather Identification Lab, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC USA 

Carla J. Dove is Program Manager of the Feather Identification Lab at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Her expertise is in the specialized field of microscopic identification of feathers. An important application of this research is to the field of aviation safety in determining the identifications of birds that are ingested into aircraft engines (birdstrikes) such as the one that caused US Airways flight 1549 to crash into the Hudson River on 15 January 2009. Current identification methods used include microscopy, museum specimen comparisons, and DNA ‘barcoding’. 

Dr. Dove often collaborates with scientists in the fields of Anthropology, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology, and has consulted with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Customs, the USDA Wildlife Services, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, and aircraft engine manufacturers. She began at the Smithsonian in 1989 as a Museum Technician and went on to complete her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy at George Mason University in 1998 under the direction of Roxie Laybourne. She holds a M.S. in Systematics, B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and a M.S. in Evolution and Population Biology from George Mason University. An author of numerous articles for both aviation and science publications, Dr. Dove has gained international media recognition for her work. Carla is an elected fellow of the American Ornithological Society (AOS) and serves as Affiliate Professor at George Mason University. She is Vice President of the Washington Biologist Field Club and recently was awarded the James Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award by the Birdstrike Committee USA. 

John Weller

National Wildlife Biologist – FAA

John has been a National Wildlife Biologist for the FAA since 2009 and is currently the past-Chairman of the Bird Strike Committee USA.  His responsibilities include the development and oversight of national strategies, regulations and guidance regarding wildlife hazards on and within the vicinity of airports, which affect aircraft safety or impact airport development and land use.  He provides oversight to the National Wildlife Strike Database, cooperative partnerships, outreach, and research targeting hazardous wildlife and mitigation techniques. John collaborates with foreign States, and assists ICAO with the development of international guidance and their standards and recommended practices (SARPs).  

Prior experience includes 30 years of wildlife conservation and conflict management, endangered species restoration and research for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and the USDA/ APHIS/ Wildlife Services, as well as state and county conservation agencies, and a nonprofit research center. John has a BS in Forestry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and an MS of Environmental Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi studying predator/prey relationships.

Forum 2022 Program

as at 27 July 2022

Day One

Wednesday 14 Sep 2022


Australian Airports Association Platinum sponsor

Moderator: Ash McAlpine | AAWHG Chair 

0830-0845 / Welcome ceremony and acknowledgement of country

SPONSOR: Biodiversity

0845-9000 / Forum opening

Pip Spence | CEO Civil Aviation Safety Authority

0900-0915 / Welcome and Overview of AAWHG Activities Forum theme

Ash McAlpine | AAWHG Chair 
Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

0915-0945 / Wildlife hazard management – the Smithsonian story [VIRTUAL]

Dr. Rebecca Johnson | Associate Director for Science and Chief Scientist
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

0945-1030 / DNA History and its impact on wildlife strike management [VIRTUAL]

Dr Carla Dove | Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Coffee cart sponsor: Avisure

Moderator: Margo Marchbank AAWHG executive

1100-1130 / The work of the CAA’s Bird Hazard Investigation Unit

Peter Davidson

1130-1200 / Using historical weather radar data to assess birdstrike risk for potential airport building location

Xiaoyu Wu | Lecturer Griffith University

1200-1230 / FAA/Regulators: what works and what doesn’t

John Weller | National Wildlife Biologist 
Federal Aviation Administration

Moderator: Captain Brian Greeves, Deputy chair AAWHG 

The pilot’s perspectivePanel

Esther Veldstra | Alliance Airlines
Tim Dutta | HEMS Pilot Adelaide, HeliWest
Helicopter pilot | Resources industry TBC
Fixed wing pilot | RFDS TBC
Fixed wing pilot | Sharp Airline TBC

Brief introduction by each panellist, followed by panel discussion

Coffee cart sponsor: Avisure

Moderator: David Anderson AAWHG Executive

1530-1600 / Considerations for wildlife strike risk mitigation with advanced air mobility  

Ronel Jit | Regional Manager South Australia
Principal Environmental Scientist Avisure

1600-1630 / Emerging technologies – UAVs

Chris Perry | Aviation ecologist
Jasko Airport Services

1630-1700 / Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s new wildlife dashboard

Alyssa Ford | Safety analyst
Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Close of day one (& group photo)

Ash McAlpine | AAWHG Chair

Skyline bar, Rydges Adelaide
SPONSOR: Australian Airport Association

Day Two

Thursday 15 Sep 2022

Coffee cart sponsor: Avisure

0900-0930 / Challenges throughout the international aviation/wildlife community 

John Weller | National Wildlife Biologist
Federal Aviation Administration

0930-1000 / Bringing the puzzle pieces together – the importance of stakeholder collaboration and data-sharing transparency 

Achmad Sadikin Abdurachman | Corporate safety director 
PT Indonesia AirAsia

1000-1030 / The view from New Zealand

Mike Weir | NZ Birdstrike Committee

SPONSOR: Coffee cart sponsor Avisure

Moderator: Kylie Patrick AAWHG Executive 

1100-1130 / Darwin International Airport

Nick Bloor | IVM

1130-1200 / Ballina Byron Gateway Airport 

Martin Hanley | Coordinator Airport Operations and Compliance
Ballina Byron Gateway Airport

1200-1230 / Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport

Western Sydney Airport TBC

Moderator: AAWHG Executive 

Squadron Leader Ash Wright | ATC RAAF Edinburgh
Taylor Hick | ATC Airservices Australia, Adelaide
Simon Locke | Qantas, Airservices Australia 
Jetstar TBC
Virgin TBC

Coffee cart sponsor: Avisure

Moderator: Donna Kerr AAWHG Executive

1500-1530  / Using machine learning to estimate wildlife strike costs in Australia

Dan Parsons | PhD Researcher
Central Queensland University

1530-1600 / A Different Approach to Wildlife Strike Risk Assessments

Ash McAlpine & Brian Greeves | Chair and deputy chair 
Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group

1600-1630 / Awards presentation and forum close

Sponsor: Avisure 
Ash Mc Alpine | AAWHG Chair



Enhanced Gold





Media gallery


2022 Presentations coming


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