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Plane Wild

Plane Wild is the AAWHG’s quarterly e-newsletter, distributed to members, and via channels such as the AAA’s e-newsletter, Airport Alert. Plane Wild is published at the beginning of February, May, August and November each year.

If you have a wildlife management event coming up, or a story you would like to contribute, please email Margo Marchbank, Plane Wild editor via

The competition currently closed.

Wildlife hazard management in pictures

‘A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it—it is in one word, effective.’ Irving Penn

To celebrate the positive and proactive management of aviation wildlife hazards, the Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group is holding a photographic competition. It is open to all Australian and New Zealand citizens, except for AAWHG committee members.

Industry members are invited to submit digital photographs which depict the many facets of effective wildlife hazard management: wildlife ID, monitoring, habitat management, dispersal etc. in the aviation context.

2022 Nominations now open and close on Friday 26 August

Proudly sponsored by

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.

Selection criteria

Individuals receiving a commendation will:

  • Contribute positively to the industry in the field of wildlife risk mitigation
  • Demonstrate innovation in, or a novel application of, wildlife hazard management techniques
  • Promote positive stakeholder engagement
  • Increase safety and environmental awareness.

2023 Workshop

2023 Workshop Save the date! 24–26 October Gold Coast, Queensland Full registration: $375.00 Includes 3-day workshop, 3 x lunches, 3 x morning teas, evening networking function, site visit Gold Coast Airport, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Hospital visit. Register now Rydges Adelaide special room rates for the guests attending the 2022 AAWHG Forum. Book accommodation Join us

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2021 Webinar series

2021 Webinar Series Research and Innovation Register now (*Registration fees are in Australian dollars and DO NOT include GST as the AAWHG is not required to register for GST.) Registrants will also have access to the recorded webinars after the series’ conclusion. The Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group’s 2021 webinar series brings you three targeted

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2022 Forum

Previous slide Next slide 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. Register now Rydges Adelaide special room rates for the guests attending the 2022 AAWHG Forum. Book accommodation The Australian Aviation

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2019 Workshop

2019 Workshop Day 1 Session 1 – Passive managementLessons learnt from grass trials and invertebrate studies at Australian Airports Chris Fox, Australian Airports Association RepresentativeNick Bloor, IVM Group AustraliaMike Clancy, Darwin International AirportChris Fox, Perth AirportJackson Ring, Brisbane Airport Corporation Session 2 – off-airport monitoring & drones John Pizzino, AAWHG Executive – Off-Airport MonitoringDonna Kerr,

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New website

Media release 13 August 2019 New website for This week, the Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group (AAWHG) launched its new website. New features include a graphic overview of bird strikes over the past 25 years, statistics on the parts of an aircraft most commonly struck, and at what altitudes and locations these occur. The

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2018 Forum

2018 Forum The 2018 AAWHG Forum was held at the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns on the 2nd and 3rd of August.  Day 1 Session 1 – Australian Context Shane Carmody – CASA – Civil Aviation Safety Authority Vision for Wildlife Hazard Management Thomas Lenne – ATSB – Australian Aviation Wildlife Strike Statistics 2008-2017

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