General Information

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) are pleased to present the 2017 Wildlife Management Techniques Course, to be held June 12-15, 2017, at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and will be taught by their airside operations staff as well as USDA Wildlife Services staff. This course is limited to 25 students.

The wildlife issues that will be covered in this course are a serious safety concern for airport operators and airlines. Progress continues to be made on a number of technological and procedural fronts. However, more awareness and “hands on” training are needed as the industry works together to find reasonable and effective solutions for best management practices.

This course will provide the opportunity to learn from airport and wildlife experts how wildlife hazard management strategies are developed and how effective techniques can be implemented for the best results. This “hands-on” course, through both training in the classroom and on the airfield, emphasizes the practical application of tools and techniques to assist airports in managing wildlife and employing a practical wildlife hazard management program. One key advantage will be for attendees to proactively aid their airports to ensure that our nation’s airports operate safely.

This course is intended as the first of three courses in the Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Program and has been designed as an introductory workshop to airport wildlife management tools and techniques. Moreover, this course will meet the Part 139 annual training requirements for airport personnel involved in implementing FAA approved Wildlife Hazard Management Plans as defined by AC 150-5200-36 Qualifications for Wildlife Biologist Conducting Wildlife Hazard Assessments and Training Curriculums for Airport Personnel Involved in Controlling Wildlife Hazards on Airports. This course also meets FAA’s requirement for refresher training for Qualified Airport Wildlife Biologists. In addition, multiple hands-on opportunities to work with capture, harassment and lethal control tools will be offered.

The curriculum will focus on wildlife capture tools; firearms and pyrotechnics safety and operations; technology updates; new wildlife control and mitigation innovations; wildlife identification; current federal regulations; and Wildlife Hazard Assessments and Management Plans. Attendees will be provided with the latest information to assist their airports in effective implementation of their wildlife hazard management plans. Attendees will be able to see how techniques are applied and technology is deployed in the field.

A certificate of completion will be issued, as well as an optional Firearms Safety Certificate recognized in all 50 states and Canada. To receive a certificate of completion for the course, attendees must actively participate in all three days of classroom and hands-on training. Attendees interested in the optional Firearms Safety Certificate must contact John Ostrom at john.ostrom@mspmac.org to register and complete the required independent study training prior to the Airport Wildlife Management Techniques Course. Additional onsite requirements include successfully passing the field/exam session.
 

Additional AAAE Airport Wildlife Training Offerings

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