Important Questions Concerning a BASH Program
If you currently have a BASH program in place, is your program or contractor providing you with all of the folllowing:
Does your BASH provider run your Bird Hazard Working Group meetings?
Birdstrike Control Program personnel organize, prepare, and present every BHWG meeting at all of our airbases. We don't just provide input for BHWG meetings - we run them. This frees Safety FSO's to pursue other, more directed safety issues.
Does your BASH provider ENTER ALL OF YOUR AFSAS DATA?
Birdstrike Control Program personnel enter all AFSAS data for bird strikes. This also frees Safety FSO's to pursue other, more directed safety issues. Read more about our AFSAS data entry here.
Does your BASH provider train pilots, maintenance personnel, debrief, and operations staff on bird strike reporting, Bird Watch Conditions, BASH phases, bird strike forms, and flying procedures?
Birdstrike Control Program personnel brief flying squadrons, maintenance squadrons, quarterly flight safety meetings, battle staff, and other similar meetings on a routine basis. We ensure that all those involved with the BASH issue are well informed and educated on current procedures and protocols, despite regular base personnel turnover or deployment. A BHWG meeting is not the only place where BASH information is passed along.
Does your BASH provider COLLECT ALL YOUR BIRD STRIKE REMAINS AND SEND THEM TO THE SMITHSONIAN FOR IDENTIFICATION?
Birdstrike Control Program personnel collect all bird strike remains and DNA kits, along with all strike forms and data sheets. We prepare the specimens, place them in envelopes and mail them to the Smithsonian for identifiaction, freeing even more Safety FSO time. We ensure that all entities and agencies have the necessary materials for collecting strike remains. We prepare the bird strike collection kits and make sure that all agencies are prepared to properly collect remains. BCP personnel also train maintenance crews on appropriate remains and DNA collections, as well as form completion and safety protocols. We ensure that no bird strikes fall through the cracks.
Does your BASH provider GO OFF THE AIRFIELD TO CONTROL WILDLIFE AND BIRDS?
Birdstrike Control Program personnel not only cover the airfield itself, but we also cover the airbase and a 5-mile radius from the perimeter fence. We provide extensive wildlife control coverage beyond the limits prescribed by the contract. At our Israeli airbases, for example, we patrol and control wildlife in areas well beyond the contracted region, areas covering approximately an additional 30 square kilometers per base. At McConnell AFB, we cover an area encompassing an additional 50 square miles. Air safety does not stop at the airfield perimeter fence and in the interests of safe air operations, we do not either.
Does your BASH provider PRODUCE COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY REPORTS?
BCP personnel provide comprehensive and detailed monthly reports to help airbase officials institute habitat management and other changes necessary to decrease the dangers posed by bird and wildlife hazards (see a sample report here). BCP provides these comprehensive reports in addition to the required reports. BCP also provides services for AFSAS data entry, along with birdstrike remains and DNA collection, whether a requirement of the contract or not.
Does your BASH provider CONDUCT A COMPREHENSIVE RISK ASSESSMENT AND REWRITE YOUR BASE BASH PLAN?
BCP personnel create detailed risk assessment models of the hazards posed by different species in the airbase environment and provide airbase officials a prioritization and indexing of expenditures and efforts of BASH efforts. We do this on a yearly basis. Read more about our risk assessments here.