FAA said it is encouraging the general aviation community to "Report Wildlife Strikes" with a poster outreach campaign targeting pilots, airport sponsors, mechanics, engine manufacturers, students at aviation schools, and aviation organizations.
This year's poster shows a bird on top of a stop sign with the simple message to report wildlife strikes. FAA said it is delivering more than 12,000 copies of the poster to the general aviation community for use in high-traffic areas such as training rooms and break rooms. The agency said it hopes that this continued and concentrated educational outreach, now in its third year, will help improve the strike reporting gap at more than 2,000 GA airports and commercial service airports.
A strike information report helps inform airport sponsors and FAA what types of wildlife are involved, the amount of damage to the aircraft, and how many strikes occur at general aviation airports annually. This information will allow FAA to help airport sponsors develop wildlife mitigation plans to reduce wildlife strikes.
In addition to the poster outreach, FAA said it encourages GA airports to conduct a wildlife hazard assessment or site visit to help them understand and determine the wildlife hazards that are present on their airports. GA airports may apply to FAA for support through Airport Improvement Program grants, which are available to conduct the assessment or site visit.
FAA said it has optimized its website, http://wildlife.faa.gov, to make strike reporting easier with mobile devices.. The agency said it also has placed a Quick Response (QR) code on the bottom of the poster for smart phone users who have the QR application.