April 20, 2017
Mariben Andersen (Environmental Associate) Discussed Wildlife Hazards and Management for Local Airport Personnel
Michael Baker International promoted airport safety and wildlife hazard abatement in Florida during a recent workshop. The firm conducted a Wildlife Hazard Training Workshop for Airport Personnel on April 18, 2017, which was sponsored by the Florida Airports Council in cooperation with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and hosted by Orlando Sanford International Airport. The training educated airport personnel on wildlife hazard management measures, as well as safe firearms and pyrotechnics use.
The training was attended by 38 airport professionals representing 16 different airports as well as one FDOT representative. Participants received a certificate of completion on Wildlife Hazard Training for Airport Personnel per Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines. The wildlife hazard training workshop is required for airports with commercial air service (Part 139 certificated airports).
The workshop included discussion of general wildlife hazards at Florida airports, a review of strikes that occurred during 2016 at the airports represented by the attendees, discussion of airport wildlife hazards and attractants, instruction concerning basic wildlife identification, and guidance for safe use of firearms and pyrotechnics. Attending airports reported on current wildlife hazard issues and measures currently implemented at their respective airports.
Michael Baker’s Senior Environmental Associate, Mariben Andersen conducted the all-day training at the Orlando Sanford International Airport. Andersen is an FAA Qualified Wildlife Hazard Biologist with more than 34 years of experience in managing and conducting biological and assessments and wildlife studies. She has worked in more than 90 airports on various projects with wildlife and wetland impacts.
The training complies with Title 14, CFRPart 139.337 and FAA AC 150/5200-36A Change Order 1, Wildlife Hazard Biologist Qualifications and Training Curriculums for Airport Personnel involved in Controlling Wildlife Hazards on Airports.