What needs to be considered when planning flight routes?

Flight routes
To insure cost-effectiveness, flight routes should be carefully planned by flight services using electronic and calibrated maps for each route, preferably beginning and ending in the vicinity of the airfield/airport thus guaranteeing that no area be left out (except non-flying zones). Aircraft should not fly over large urban areas. Routes should closely follow borders with neighbouring countries, in order to avoid gaps between adjacent baiting areas, unless the flight services do not have permission to fly one or two kilometres across a border. Subsequently, planned flight routes should be transferred to the GPS receiver.

For each flight/flight route, the quantity of bait needs to be calculated in advance.
Stored and dropped baits, as well as inside and outside temperatures, date and time used for distribution should be properly documented (protocol of air work) and this information should be given to veterinary authorities and wildlife services on a daily basis.

If computer-supported automatic bait dropping devices are used, the geographic coordinates, time points and dates of individual bait droppings should be documented for subsequent quality assessment.


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