Bird control - Edmonton International Airport

Bird control - Edmonton International Airport

Edmonton International Airport (“EIA”) has become the first ever airport in the world to integrate our bird control services into their daily airport operations. The focus of the project lies on safely integrating drone technology at EIA. 

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.

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