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Draft Amended Statutes

The members of the World Birdstrike Association (WBA) having regard to the Constitution Act have voted and adopted this 

S T A T U T E 



Article 1 

WORLD BIRDSTRIKE ASSOCIATION (hereinafter: WBA), is officially constituted as an association on June 26th, 2012 at the 30th International Bird Strike Committee conference held in Stavanger, Norway. 

Article 2 

WBA is a non-profit association covering both civil and military aviation interests. 

Article 3 

The objectives of WBA are to improve flight safety and reduce the cost, regarding all aspects of the bird/wildlife strike risk reduction to aviation. 

Article 4 

The principal place of business shall be:


German Birdstrike Committee
Hanna Kunath Strasse 18
28199 Bremen
telephone: +49 421 59702740
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Article 5 

WBA is entitled to acquire assets, to take over obligations and to do business with financial institutions. 

Article 6 

WBA is entitled to own property, obtained from: 

  • Membership fees paid by members,
  • Registration fees paid for participation at assemblies, courses or training,
  • Sponsorship, donations, legacies, subsidies, or any other legally obtained incomes. 



Article 7 

Membership categories are established as: 

  • FOUNDERS: natural persons and legal entities present at one (or more) of the IBSC Conferences held at Stavanger, Cairns and Brasilia and persons in aviation business with special interest in the reduction of the bird/wildlife strike risk and accepted by the Board of Administration, 
  • ACTIVE MEMBERS: natural persons older than 18 years actively involved in the reduction of the bird/wildlife strike risk and accepted by the Board of Administration,  
  • INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERS: entities accepted by the Board of Administration, 
  • SPONSORS: these who give economic support through sponsoring or direct contributions to WBA activities, 
  • HONOURABLE MEMBERS: these who render their services to WBA, or those who deserve nomination due to their personal status, proposed by the Board of Administration and accepted by the General Assembly. 

Article 8 

Members have the following obligations: 

  • To make financial contributions (pay membership fees towards conferences , financial donations as applicableetc.).
  • To comply with Statute, regulations and resolutions of WBA General Assembly and the Board of Administration.

Members have the following rights: 

  • To express their opinion in public and to vote during assemblies or via electronic means (via email or electronic face-to-face meeting).
  • To stand as a candidate to be elected to the Board of Administration.
  • To elect an independent auditor of the annual financial report.All independent audits must be paid by the member who wishes to conduct the audit. The board is not responsible financially for independent audits.
  • To enjoy benefits offered by WBA.
  • To make suggestions for Statute changes.

Article 9 

No members of the WBA shall incur neither a personal liability for the debts or for any other commitments of the WBA nor for any other liability of whatever nature. The WBA shall be solely liable for its debts to be covered with its own assets.

Article 10

Honourable Members who wish to obtain the same rights as Active Members may apply for admission to this category. The conditions will be determined by Board of Administration. 



Article 11 

The WBA shall consist of the following bodies:

  • The General Assembly
  • The Board of Administration
  • The Advisory Board
  • The Task Groups 



Article 12 

The general meeting of the WBA, also known as "General Assembly", is the supreme authority of the WBA. Its chairman is President of the Board of Administration. 

The General Assembly consists of all members and, where practicable will be held once every two years. In addition, regional or local WBA assemblies may be convened with the authority of the Board of Administration. -

The General Assembly elects the Vice President and Secretary and approves the annual and financial reports and the forecast. Members from specific regions elect their representatives from their region.

Members, from Article 7, are entitled to vote. A majority voting system (half plus 1) is used for election and dismissal of the President and other members of the Board of Administration. Dissolving the WBA and for changing the Constitution Act and the Statute requires a 2/3-majority vote of the present members. 

The necessary quorum for valid voting on the General Assembly is 2/3 of total present members. 

Membership fees and vote rating will be established by the Board of Administration and, subject to majority vote, approved by the members. 

Membership is open to national/regional bird/wildlife strike committees and associations or equivalents and all other organizations, entities and individuals which/who show interest in the reduction of the bird/wildlife s-+-trike risk to aviation, and aviation safety  

Membership, with respect to individual positions, serves the collective interest of the reduction of the aviation bird/wildlife strike risk. 

Article 13.

On the General Assembly members are summoned by the WBA President, Board of Administration or at least 20% of the attending members at the previous General Assembly, no later than two to three months before the General Assembly. 

This summon includes the agenda. Only items included in the agenda are addressed. A proposal submitted by a Regional Birdstrike Committee not later than 45 days before the day of the opening of the General Assembly, or by the Board of Administration at any time prior to the opening of the General Assembly is added to the agenda. 


In case of an extraordinary General Assembly, members are summoned no later than one month before such extraordinary General Assembly, including the agenda. 


After the approval of the agenda, items which are not on the agenda may be discussed, provided the General Assembly decides to do so by a 2/3 majority of the votes cast. 


The following items must appear on the agenda of the regular General Assembly: Elections, presentation of the financial report (including the auditor's report), discussion and approval of accounts and budget, work report, proposals for further activities, items with special focus on achieving the objectives of Article 3.

Article 14.

The General Assembly is the only competent body to decide on the following items:

  1. Modification of the Statutes,
  2. Election of a candidate for the position in the WBA Board of Administration and Auditor,
  3. Change of the registered office of the WBA,
  4. Removal of a member of the Board of Administration and Auditors,
  5. Approval of the budget and annual accounts,
  6. Awarding the titles of Honorary President, Honorary Vice-President or Honorary member to persons having held the respective posts and to anyone who has been of outstanding service to the WBA, at the proposal of the Board of Administration,
  7. Dissolution of the WBA,
  8. Expulsion of a member.



Article 15 

The Board of directors, also known as "Board of Administration", is after the General Assembly, the 'Board' will be have final decision making powers.                                                                    

The Board of Administration acts on behalf of the General Assembly, fulfils all duties arising from this Statute and has the responsibility for achieving the WBA objectives. 

The Board of directors, also known as "Board of Administration", is after the General Assembly, the body with the broadest powers. WBA will be managed and administered by the Board of Administration. The Board of Administration is composed of 8 members, promotes gender equality and LGBTQ at least half being of the gender in minority. President, Vice President, Secretary, and 5 Regional Representatives from regions: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific. The Vice president, Secretary, and Regional Representatives will be elected by the General Assembly at the general meeting approximately every two years or as appropriate. Upon completion of election, the sitting Vice president will assume the position of President.  Vice President, Secretary, will be nominated and elected by the General Assembly. The Regional Representatives will be nominated and elected every two years by WBA members from their prospective regions. Nominations for electable positions will be received and published no later than one month prior to the General Assembly election. If nominations for an elected position are not received, the President will nominate. Board members conduct their duty on a voluntary basis or as part of their daily job and will not receive salary by WBA. Expenses other than salary – made for the benefit of WBA are in general reimbursed. Expenses such as website maintenance, domain registrations, SSL certificates and all subscription renewals will be reimbersed by the board The meetings of the Board of Administration shall be held at least once a year unless otherwise agreed by the members. An unlimited number of ad-hoc regional, or local meetings of the Board of Administration may be convened at any time. In some cases, the Board of Administration may hold an online session. In such a way all participants in the online session are connected by a conference line, i.e. all of them can equally participate in exchanging opinions and bring decisions. The Board of Administration acts on behalf of the General Assembly, fulfills all duties arising from this Statute and has the responsibility for achieving the WBA objectives.

Article 16

In case of leave, resignation or any other reason that may cause transitory or a permanent vacancy of one or more members of the Board of Administration, the substitute predicted in Article 12 § 4 and § 3 of this Article or, if that is not possible, the person chosen by the WBA President will continue to carry on a member duty. This replacement will be carried on for as long as the vacancy lasts, and will never exceed the term for which the substitute is appointed. 

At the next General Assembly that member must be approved. 

Board members who are clearly contra-productive for the general interest of the WBA, may be removed from their membership by the Board of Administration, after previous oral or written explanations.  This decision requires a majority vote (half plus 1) of the Board and with a tie, the vote of the WBA President is decisive.  

Article 17 

As executive body of the WBA, the Board of Administration, has duties and obligations to engage, promote, develop, coordinate and disseminate ideas and tasks of WBA, and to execute the decisions of the General Assembly according to provisions of this Statute. 

Article 18 

The Board of Administration is responsible for achieving the objectives within a timeframe mutually agreed at the General Assembly.



Article 19 

An individual who was or is WBA President, for a period of 2 years or appropriate, or at the time of election at the General Assembly. (Whichever occurs last)

Once elected, the WBA President will automatically vacate their current position in the WBA or temporarily manage both positions until such time the previous position has been filled. resigns from any other positions held in a body of a member or group of members, no later than three months after the election.

When the WBA President is not able or does not fulfil its obligations, the powers and duties of the WBA President are delegated to the Vice President. This member is designated by order of hierarchy. In the event of such inability being permanent, a new WBA President shall be elected at the next meeting of the General Assembly.

The WBA President represents the WBA on all occasions.



Article 20 

Honorary members are persons who have contributed to the reputation and importance of the WBA in global aviation safety through their active, conscientious and dedicated work, in the highest functions of the WBA and in other bodies on the global and regional level. 

Honorary members include: Honorary President, Honorary Vice Presidents and other Honorary members according to decision of the General Assembly. 

Honorary members are connected to the WBA through the Advisory Board.

They support WBA Constitution Act and Statute and WBA as world forum and important actor in the reducing process of the bird/wildlife strike risk to aviation. 



Article 21 

The Advisory Board consists of the honorary members and ex Board of Administration members. 

The Board of Administration invites honorary members to join this Advisory Board. 

Members between themselves elected President and Vice President.

This Advisory Board provides asked and non – asked advice directly to the Board of Administration. A mutually agreed meeting of the advisory board to be considered atleast once a year or as required.



Article 22

Specialized Task Groups, temporary or standing, may be established by the Board of Administration on specific subjects to advise the Board of Administration. The Task Groups report directly to the Board of Administration via the responsible Board member. The WBA members will get the possibility to vote (half + 1 majority) on the outputs of the Task Groups to make them WBA policy. 



Article 23

Regional WBA Bird/Wildlife Strike Committees maybe established by the Board for specific regions as coordination between the various national bird/wildlife strike committees. These regional committees elect their own board. The Regional President joins the WBA Board of Administration for all matters concerning the specific region.



To delete because all of these is incorporated in the previous articles

Article 20 

Acts and decisions at the General Assembly on the Constitution Act, Statute and their changes, require a 2/3-majority vote. Election of the President and other members of the Board of Directors will be taken by majority (half plus 1) vote. 

Minor operational matters such as venue and date of the General Assembly, its proceedings, etc. will be decided by majority vote by the Board of Directors. By a tie, the vote of the President will be decisive. 

The necessary quorum for valid voting on the Board of Directors meeting and General Assembly is 2/3 of total members present. 

Electronic voting can be used to decide on issues that require endorsement prior to a scheduled meeting. 



Article 24

This Statute shall enter into force on the fifteenth day following the last date of the voting process.

At the next WBA General Assembly results of the vote will be presented. 



Article 25 

This Statute will be published on the WBA website and all comments and suggestions will be reviewed.

Done on 10 November 2012

Revised on 07 December 2016

Revised on __ _________ 2022

For the World Birdstrike Association