Show Me the Data!
Wildlife strike data remains the cornerstone of wildlife management. The opening presentation by FAA Biologist and Bird Strike USA Chair John Weller emphasized the challenges associated with consistency among available strike data and ongoing data collection such as the absence of standardized data protocols and specific metrics that can be used to provide meaningful analyses.
Troy Levanen, Certified Aircraft Accident Investigator with Alaska Air Group, offered further input to data collection challenges by presenting a comparison of strike data obtained from multiple sources (aircraft maintenance records, Pilot Irregularity Reports, and FAA’s National Wildlife Strike Database). Using the data obtained from these sources, Alaska Air Group has created an Aviation Dashboard to improve safety by identifying wildlife presence and trends observed at each of the airports included in its daily operations.
Topics pertaining to wildlife strike data, data collection, and the ability to compare data among various sources and locations will remain central to numerous presentations throughout the three-day conference.