Bird control – Edmonton international airport
Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is a leader in the world of new technology implementation. This airport was the first in the world to integrate RoBird® wildlife management services into daily airport operations – a truly groundbreaking undertaking while so many other airports prohibit or severely limit the use of UAVs on or near airport grounds. The focus of this project was to reduce nesting, overall populations, and bird strikes to aircrafts. It was also an opportunity to prove the safety and reliability of the RoBird® company’s technology.
EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Edmonton International Airport is Canada’s fifth-busiest airport by passenger traffic and the largest major Canadian airport by land area. It is a self-funded, not-for-profit corporation whose mandate is to drive economic prosperity for the Edmonton Region. Historically, EIA has been an early-adopter of promising technologies that can add economic value. It has always taken great care to ensure that they are implemented strategically and safely.
The Wildlife Management Plan will integrate the RoBird® technology to guide birds safely away from air traffic, while discouraging nesting near airside operations and glide paths. The RoBird® has been proven around the globe to be an effective, ecologically-friendly method of bird control. The high-tech Robird® mimics the flight of an actual falcon in realistic fashion, making its flight behavior so indistinguishable from its natural counterpart that other birds believe that their natural enemy is present in the area.
At Edmonton International Airport the Robird has currently logged around 200 flights over a 2-month time span. Well over 10.000 birds have recently been chased away from active runways using Robirds and additional bird control solutions, severely reducing the risk of bird strike incidents at these airports. Besides running a full bird control operation at EIA, CFS and partner AERIUM Analytics have also performed several other drone flights in the area including an aerial scan of a runway, allowing for high density data collection and mapping of the EIA’s Aerotropolis.