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Recommended practices

The Recommended Practices (RP) aim to provide the aviation industry and supporting authorities with information on how to assess the risk that wildlife poses to operating aircraft. They have been developed through the Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group, and draw on information from the AAWHG membership, local industry representatives as well as international sources. You should consider the practices outlined in the RPs when:
  • assessing the risk that wildlife poses to aircraft operations (if you do not already do so), or
  • modifying your existing wildlife risk assessment and analysis process to support a common industry approach.

Seven practice documents have now been finalised with more under draft. Please click on the links below to access these documents.  Additional RP documents will continue to be developed.

If you wish to provide feedback on any draft or finalised document, or would like to assist in developing an RP for your interest area, please email us via info@aawhg.org
The following is the suite structure for these documents and the current status of each:

Suite 0 – Terminology  and Phraseology

RP 0.0 Terminology
Status:  For Comment
RP 0.1 Phraseology
Status: For Comment

Suite 1 – Wildlife Monitoring, Identification, Analysis and Recording

RP 1.1 Wildlife Monitoring
Status: Proposed

RP 1.2 Wildlife Identification
Status: Proposed

RP 1.3 Wildlife Risk Assessment and Analysis
Status:  Finalised

RP 1.4 Database management
Status: To be developed

Suite 2 – Wildlife Hazard Reporting

RP 2.1 External Reporting
Status: Proposed

RP 2.1.2 Wildlife Condition Reporting
Status: Proposed

RP 2.2 Internal Reporting
Status: Proposed

Suite 3 – Ground Based Mitigation

RP 3.1 Passive Management
Status: Proposed

RP 3.1.1 Aerodrome Fencing Guidelines
Status: Proposed

RP 3.2 Active Management
Status: Proposed

RP 3.2.1 Firearms: General Safety
Status:  Finalised

RP 3.2.2 Firearms:  Effective use
Status: Proposed

RP 3.2.3 Lasers: General Safety
Status:  Finalised

RP 3.2.4 Active Management: Lasers: Effective Use
Status:  Proposed

Suite 4Aircraft Based Mitigation

RP 4.1 Wildlife Strike Minimisation
Status: Proposed

Suite 5Training

RP 5.1(1) Training and competency: Aerodrome Safety Personnel
Status: Finalised, revised August 2020

RP 5.2 Training and competency: Flight Crew
Status: Finalised – being reviewed

RP 5.3  Training ground based personnel
Status: Proposed

RP 5.4 General public awareness
Status: Proposed

RP 5.5 Training and competency: Air Traffic Control
Status: Proposed

RP 5.6 Training and competency: Regulator
Status: Proposed

PR 5.7 Wildlife handling and welfare
Status: Proposed

Suite 6Performance measuring, Quality Assurance, Change Management

RP 6.1 Performance measuring, Quality Assurance, Change Management
Status: Proposed

Suite 7 – Off airport Mitigation

RP 7.1 Off-Airport Monitoring
Status: Proposed

RP 7.2 Off-airport risk assessment 
Status: Proposed

RP 7.3 Landfill Management
Status: Proposed

RP 7.4 Flying-fox management
Status: Proposed

Suite 8 – Engagement

RP 8.1 Wildlife Hazard Management Committee
Status: Proposed

RP 8.2 Stakeholder engagement/planning authority engagement 
Status: Proposed

Suite 9 – Investigation

RP 9.0 Significant Strike Investigation
Status: Proposed

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