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BSC-USA Launches “Strike Zone” Webinar Series

Bird Strike Committee USA will launch its 2020-2021 Strike Zone Webinar Series on September 29,
2020, at 1 PM Central Time. The first webinar will feature John Weller, the FAA’s National Wildlife
Biologist, and Amy Anderson, Acting Assistant Manager of the FAA’s Phoenix Airport District Office, who will provide a regulatory update.

Please join us using the following link at 1 PM Central time on September 29:

Strike Zone Webinar No. 1 – FAA Regulatory Update
Skype Link: https://meet.lync.com/mspmac/john.ostrom/GPK3G6Q4 .
Conference ID: 495971691
Trouble Joining? Join by phone: 1 612-405-6798, Conference ID: 495971691#

  • BSC-USA’s first Strike Zone webinar will focus on the FAA’s two newest Advisory Circulars (ACs):
    AC 150/5200-38, “Protocol for the Conduct and Review of Wildlife Hazard Site Visits, Wildlife
    Hazard Assessments, and Wildlife Hazard Management Plans,” issued August 20, 2018. The
    presentation will touch on the differences of Site Visits and Wildlife Hazard Assessments for Part
    139 and General Aviation (GA) airports, the Wildlife Hazard Management Plan approval process,
    and the role of Continual Monitoring for all airports.
  • AC 150/5200-33C, “Wildlife Hazard Attractants On and Near Airports,” issued February 21, 2020.
    The discussion of the latest AC will address recent research on attractants that are hazardous to
    wildlife, mitigation strategies, and land uses known to attract hazardous wildlife.

John and Amy will also address some of the questions that the FAA has received since the ACs were
issued (e.g., COVID-19 effect on wildlife hazards and training requirements, strike reporting details re:
enroute vs. airport ownership, and acceptable age of recovered remains from strikes). A 30-minute Q&A
session will follow the presentation.

The webinar will be limited to the first 250 that join the Skype-based webinar on September 29, 2020. The
session will also be recorded and made available on the BSC-USA website.

Stay Tuned for Upcoming Events!
The second Strike Zone webinar, which will address zoonotic disease, will take place in late October or
early November 2020. Details to follow!

2020 Election Results

BSC USA elections were conducted in June 2020, and the results are in!  Committee members will assume responsibility for their new roles during the next annual meeting, which will be conducted (virtually) in August 2020 (date to be announced).    

The Executive Committee will be joined by Craig Quick of GE Aviation, who will serve a two-year term as Vice Chair under the leadership of Nick Atwell as incoming Committee Chair, and John Weller, Past Chair.  Congratulations to Craig—we are grateful for his enthusiasm and willingness to volunteer on behalf of BSC USA. 

The Steering Committee welcomes six new members to represent different areas of expertise within the aviation industry.  Lt. Col. Mike Culley (Air National Guard) will be one of three representatives for the U.S. Department of Defense, Mathew Jones (Southwest Airlines), will represent the Airline Industry, Amy Reed (Environmental Resource Solutions) will be a representative for the Private Sector, Michael Stephens (Dane County Regional Airport) will represent Airports and Amy Anderson will represent the FAA and Roger Nicolson (Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation) rejoins the Steering Committee to represent Aerospace Industry. Also of note is Jim Laughlin (USDA-Beale Air Force Base) who has taken over the reins as Chair of the demanding Conference Committee from John Ostrom. Several other members were re-elected to positions after previous terms of service (see table below).

BSC welcomes two new emeritus members, Sarah Brammell, who will step down from the Executive Committee after six years of dedicated service, and John Ostrom, who has provided incredible guidance to the BSC USA as an Airport representative, Steering Committee Chair, and Conference Committee Chair for many years.

BSC 2020 Election Results

PositionBSC Member
Vice ChairCraig Quick, GE Aviation
AerospaceRoger Nicholson, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation
AirlinesMatthew Jones, Southwest Airlines
AirlinesMichael Stephens, Dane County Regional Airport
U.S. Department of AgricultureRuss Odell
U.S. Department of DefenceLt. Col. Mike Culley, Air National Guard
Federal Aviation AdministrationAmy Anderson
GeneralMarcy Heacker, Smithsonian Institution
Private SectorLisa Harmon, Mead & Hunt, Inc
Amy Reed, Environmental Resource Solutions
Conference Committee ChairJim Laughlin, USDA-Beale Air Force Base
Emeritus MembersSarah Brammell, Blue Wing Environmental
John Ostrom, Minneapolis -St Paul International Airport

Congratulations to new and re-elected members for their dedication and service to making our skies safer!