MANAGEMENT OF WILDLIFE
King Mswati III International Airport is committed to ensuring the safety of aircraft at the airport. While the safety of aircraft is paramount, it is not possible to prevent all wildlife strikes. The Wildlife Hazard Management Plan aims to reduce the frequency and severity of strikes by focusing management efforts on species and habitats that constitute significant hazards to aircraft that operate at KMIII International Airport.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT EFFORTS CARRIED AT KMIII INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
- Passive management – modify habitats or other aspects of the environment to indirectly remove or reduce the number of birds in the risky areas;
- Active management – directly remove or reduce the numbers of birds or animals in the risky areas.
Passive management methods include:
1. Grass management
2. Vegetation management
3. Waste management
4. Waterways and drainage design or treatment
5. Perimeter fencing
Active management methods include:
1. Vehicle patrols
2. Bird runs
3. Pyro- techniques ( bird bangers i.e. screamer bangers and sound producing bangers, ultraviolet violet light producing instruments)
5. Eagle eye installation
6. Sirens coupled with unbearable sound producing loud speakers
7. Nest removal
- Notify Air Traffic Control (ATC) of presence of wildlife observed on approach, departure, or while on the airfield.
- Notify ATC in the unlikely event there is a confirmed or suspected bird strike so that it is investigated and recorded.
- Provide relevant information to the wildlife control staff for the accurate completion of wildlife strike report forms.
- Airline representatives for resident airlines should participate in the Airport Wildlife Committee.