Its mission: to protect unsuspecting airplanes from unsuspecting birds.
By Jennifer UscherPosted 03.25.2002 at 2:47 pm 0 Comments
There's a deadly turf war in the sky, and it's birds against jets. No joke: Seven years ago, 24 people died when an Air Force surveillance jet crashed in Alaska after geese flew into the engines. Though not usually fatal to humans, such collisions result in an average of $500 million of damage each year. Most occur during takeoff or landing, so airports have experimented with a variety of techniques to shoo birds away: everything from shotguns to fireworks to recorded avian distress calls. But Wilfred Emonts believes he's got the right mixture of nature and high-tech: Robofalcon.