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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Plan Implementation.

The objective of this research is to comprehensively evaluate the effectiveness of Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Plans being funded by FAA and implemented by numerous airports under FAA jurisdiction. Primary suggested lines of inquiry and related products will include: (1) Are Airport WHMPs being fully and properly implemented, (2) Are implemented WHMPs meeting the expectations of sponsoring airports, (3) If expectations are not being met, what are the deficiencies, and are there any national/regional patterns or issues, (4) If deficiencies are found, what are the remedies, (5) How can the WHMP planning process, or its implementation, be made more timely and cost effective, and (6) Are the safety improvement expectations of WHMPs being met, and if not, what can be done to improve WHMP related safety issues.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Plans are prepared and implemented by airports, using FAA funding, for the purposes of improving airport safety and improving airport environmental stewardship. Nationally, a considerable amount of money and time is being invested in the preparation and implementation of Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Plans (WHMP).

Nationally, the true effectiveness and performance of implemented Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Plans has not been objectively and systematically evaluated. This proposed line of research will test the question(s) do Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Plans, and their implementation, successfully meet the wildlife management (and conservation) expectations and goals of the sponsoring airports and airport users. There are a wide variety of research measures that can be used to evaluate and assess if Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Plans, and their implementation, are meeting desired expectations and goals. If they are, this would be documented. If not, areas of shortcoming would be identified, analyzed, and corrective measures proposed.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

The objective of this research is to comprehensively evaluate the effectiveness of Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Plans being funded by FAA and implemented by numerous airports under FAA jurisdiction. Primary suggested lines of inquiry and related products will include: (1) Are Airport WHMPs being fully and properly implemented, (2) Are implemented WHMPs meeting the expectations of sponsoring airports, (3) If expectations are not being met, what are the deficiencies, and are there any national/regional patterns or issues, (4) If deficiencies are found, what are the remedies, (5) How can the WHMP planning process, or its implementation, be made more timely and cost effective, and (6) Are the safety improvement expectations of WHMPs being met, and if not, what can be done to improve WHMP related safety issues.

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