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The Safety Issue Hub supports the delivery of IATA Safety Strategy. The Hub is an internationally recognized repository of aviation hazards and safety risks to enable the prioritization and delivery of aviation safety improvement programs, for the benefit of reducing global accidents in aviation.

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28 March 2024 - Safety Issue in Focus: Birdstrikes 

During the month of March, we saw various bird strike events being reporting through Aviation Herald: Lihue, San Francisco, Athens, Minneapolis, Leeds, St. Louis, Goma, Rome, London, Buenos Aires, Sao PauloEntebbe and Cascais.

In January alone, IATA’s had 372 bird strikes reported via our IDX program.

Bird strikes can cause significant damage to the aircraft, including the radome, windshield and wing & stabilizer leading edges. The ingestion of birds into an engine may lead to an inflight shut down or fire. In addition to the inflight safety aspects, bird strikes result in aircraft being grounded to repair damage with a significant maintenance cost and lost revenue. 

The presence of long grass, rubbish dumps and water in the vicinity of an aerodrome as well as bird migration patterns are among the drivers that influence bird activity. These are largely mitigated by aerodromes and states, and aren’t typically factors that operators can influence directly. 

Call to action 

  •  Understanding the effectiveness of an aerodrome’s wildlife management program should form a key part of an operator’s safety management system, to provide assurance that an aerodrome’s activities are mitigating the risk of a birdstrike.  
  •  Operators participating in aerodrome safety meetings, such as the Luton Safety Stack approach can be a great way to collaborate on this safety issue. 
  •  Through the Safety Issue Hub, IATA has identified guidance that can support the mitigation and understanding of this safety issue: Keyword search Birdstrike
  • Have you identified additional documents or tools that can help mitigate this safety issue? Let us know by contacting or joining the safety connect community. Let’s start the conversation today! 

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New Safety Issues: Safety Issues with updated Guidance Material in March:
  • Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC) Misinterpretation
  • Erroneous Performance Calculation - Safety Risk Assessment
  • Aircraft upset/ unusual attitude due to pilot handling and/or turbulence. 
  • Runway Safety -  Latest version of the runway safety action plan 
  • Working around running ground services equipment (GSE)
  • Unlawful Interference -  GCAA - Safety Alert - Mogadishu 

Safety issues are complemented with associated generic risk assessments and guidance material.  On top of that, you have the opportunity to join our Safety Connect Initiative, which offers a unique safety management community for sharing best practices and safety knowledge

The introduction of a risk-based approach for the IOSA program complements the Safety Issues Hub with associated risk pictures will enhance the risk-based IOSA program by making it more targeted. The audits themselves will also gather de-identified operator risks to feed back into the hub.

Ensuring the continued confidentiality of contributors, the Hub will be matured by the incorporation of anonymized and aggregated insights from IATA’s safety, security and operational data sharing program - Global Aviation Data Management (GADM) and through the Safety Issue Review Meetings.

The benefits of the Safety Issue Hub to members and the wider aviation community include:

  • Providing a central repository for information, guidance material, and generic risk assessments that support airlines' own risk assessments to inform their safety management system.
  • Risk-based, targeted safety improvement programs delivered by IATA to support the mitigation of safety risks
  • IATA’s Operational Safety Audits enhanced with regional and sector risk pictures

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