Indonesia, Australia discuss wildlife hazard management in aviation
Jakarta (ANTARA) – Directorate General of Civil Aviation at the Transportation Ministry of Indonesia held an aviation safety workshop, with focus on Wildlife Hazard Management, in collaboration with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) of Australia.
“The Wildlife Hazard workshop discusses disturbances in flight operations caused by wild animals, especially from bird strikes around the airports,” Director of Airworthiness and Aircraft Operations of the ministry M. Mauludin said in a statement here on Wednesday.
Indonesia’s geographical conditions, as a maritime and agricultural country, results in most airports being located near forests, rice fields, and beaches, so there is a high probability of attacks from wild animals.
“This workshop is important for the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to learn and share information regarding how a country needs to establish a National Wildlife Hazard Management Committee in mitigating and overcoming threats from wild animals at airports,” the director noted.
The monitoring of activities of wild animals is included in the State Safety Program, as mandated in ANNEX 19 of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), he remarked.
According to the directorate general’s data, bird strike incidents have been reported several times at various major airports in Indonesia, such as Soekarno Hatta Airport in Tangerang City, Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar City, Juanda Airport in Surabaya City, and Hang Nadim Airport in Batam City.
“Bird strike can damage the engine and body of the aircraft. Hence, it disrupts the flight safety,” Mauludin noted.
In addition to improving aviation safety, the workshop is one of the attempts to follow up on the results of the ICAO Asia Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Working Group (APANPIRG) meeting.
The ICAO APANPIRG meeting had necessitated each member country to establish a National Wildlife Hazard Management Committee to prevent and reduce the number of the wild animal disturbance incidents at airports to ensure the safety of civil aviation.
“I hope that this workshop will not only provide a solution to the (wildlife hazard) issue but also increase aviation safety in the future through the establishment of the National Wildlife Hazard Management Committee in Indonesia that involves all national civil aviation stakeholders,” Mauludin affirmed.
Furthermore, he lauded the CASA of Australia for having initiated the implementation of the workshop.
by Benardy Ferdiansyah, Uyu Liman