Since Sept. 11, the air transportation industry has been looking for better ways to secure airports from terrorists threats. But not all of the dangers to airplanes are manmade.
Wilfred Emonts, president of Intercept Technologies, points out that plane crashes caused by bird strikes have killed 400 people worldwide and cause about $390 million in damage to aircraft every year.
“Your airplane is more likely to be brought down by a bird than by a terrorist’s bomb,” he says.
But Emonts thinks he can solve that problem.
He has invented a remote-control flying mechanical falcon to scare away the birds that plague airports.
Emonts calls his creation the Robofalcon, and I watched it fly lazy circles over a sod farm north of Toronto a couple of weeks ago.