It is very important for airport to handle birds, that they wouldn’t smack into flying aircraft or be sucked into the engine. Most of airports uses lasers and recordings of predator bird. A robotic falcon known as Robird will also enter service in the Canada’s Edmonton International Airport. It was developed at the University of Twente and is now being produced by a company Clear Flight Solutions.
Along with other drones which will be used for purposes such as mapping, the Robird flies similar to a real falcon. It has a maximum air speed of 80 km/h, and is so realistic that other birds are fooled that one of their key predators flies around. Remotely piloted by a operator, it will be used to scare birds away from air traffic, and to keep them out from nesting nearby. Robird can be seen in action, in the video below.
Sources: University of Twente, Clear Flight Solutions
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