Any bird or animal strike needs to be reported, in line with international regulations
Effective in Curaçao airports where scheduled, non-scheduled/charter or any other flying activity takes place, ICAO stipulates the reporting of any Wildlife Strike in Annex 14 – Aerodromes, Volume I – Aerodrome Design and Operations, edition 6, 2013. The requirement applies to any operator engaged in scheduled, non- scheduled air transport services and general aviation.
Pilots in command of an aircraft shall immediately inform the air traffic control unit whenever a potential bird hazard is observed, or he/she is aware that a wildlife (bird/animal) strike has occurred.
Wildlife Strikes can be reported directly via this website, or using a dedicated digital form. Wildlife Strikes reports must be submitted within two days of the incident.
Definition of wildlife (bird/animal) strike
Wildlife strikes are defined in following two categories:
- Any reported collision between a bird or other wildlife and an aircraft for which evidence in the form of a carcass, remains or damage to the aircraft is found.
- Any wildlife (bird/animal) found dead on an airfield where there is no other obvious cause of death (e.g. strike by vehicles in the operational area, etc.).
- Any reported collision between a bird or other wildlife and an aircraft for which no physical evidence is found.
Wildlife strike occurrence
A wildlife strike has occurred when:
- A pilot reports aircraft strike with one or more birds or other wildlife;
- Aircraft maintenance personnel identify aircraft damage as having been caused by wildlife (bird/animal) strike;
- Personnel on the ground report observing an aircraft strike with one or more birds or other wildlife;
- Bird or other wildlife remains, whether in whole or in part, are found within 200 feet of the runway centerline, unless any other reason for the animal’s death is identified; and
- Wildlife (bird/animal) presence on the airport had a significant negative effect on a flight i.e. aborted take-off, go around, high-speed emergency stop, aircraft left pavement area to avoid collision with animal, air turn back due wildlife (bird/animal), etc.