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Successful West African Wildlife Training Session

ERAU Adjunct Professor Paul Eschenfelder (L) and Dr. Russ DeFusco (2nd from right) meet with Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority Director General Dr. Harold Demuren (center) at a reception during the week long Airport Wildlife Hazard Management workshop in Lagos, Nigeria, June 21-26, 2011.

The Nigerian CAA hosted the meeting which was supported by the U.S. FAA and U.S. Department of Transportation Safer Skies for Africa project. Dr. Demuren was on record as saying that birdstrikes to aircraft was one of the most serious hazards facing aviation in Nigeria. The cost of aircraft repair and lost service alone were causing some operators to question operations in west Africa. As a result FAA teamed with ERAU to bring ERAU Worldwide's Airport Wildlife Mitigation workshop course to Africa. Fifty-one students from eight African countries attended the course which allowed students the opportunity to learn background information and the practical application of airport wildlife mitigation. In addition, during the workshop the attendees, with the support of ERAU instructors, formed a 'West Africa Birdstrike Committee'. This committee will support 16 West African nations in wildlife mitigation by data sharing, auditing of airports and resource sharing.

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University currently has the only airport wildlife training program which is acceptable to the FAA Administrator. ERAU Worldwide regularly delivers the workshop several times a year at a variety of locations around the U.S.