The Edmonton International Airport will soon be using robot falcons to clear runways.
The airport will become the first airport in the world to use a full suite of unmanned aerial systems in their day-to-day operations.
The EIA has partnered up with Clear Flight Systems and Aerium Analytics to bring the faux falcons to Edmonton.
“We’ll be working around the airport where the birds will nest, land or feed. Just to influence them and to push them away from the airport,” Tim Bibby, managing director of Aerium Analytics said.
The birds are controlled by a Clear Flight or Aerium pilot and are designed to look and fly exactly like a real falcon.
“The goal is to have the first pilot on site next week,” said Bibby. “They’ll being going through orientation and security before they move forward with the wildlife biologist that’s on staff.”
Bibby said that the process of integrating the drones has been going on for some time now and that the birds will first be used first just on the property, then will be moved closer to the runways as they go.
Birds are always a concern to planes. They can be sucked into the engines and cause delays on the runways.
Video of the drones in action can be found on the Clear Flight Solutions website. (BM)