Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Office opens at EIA

AERIUM Analytics and Clear Flight Solutions expand on successful Integrated UAV operations

May 22, 2018 (Edmonton, AB) – AERIUM Analytics (AERIUM) and Clear Flight Solutions (CFS) have opened an office at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) to support ongoing airport operations. This new office, part of the Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre, will also support all CFS/AERIUM northern Alberta operations, including in the oilsands. The opening of this office is a further step in the partnership between EIA and CFS/AERIUM and facilitates the expansion of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Services in complex environments such as airports and mining operations.

“The focus on safe and compliant UAV operations within controlled airspace is at the forefront of our service model” says Jordan Cicoria of AERIUM. “Thanks to the support of EIA, the use of UAVs as a daily support to airport operations has been realized.”

EIA, AERIUM and CFS in 2018 will increase operations closer to the runways to build upon Geospatial Intelligence established during the trial project, utilizing new types of UAVs. This includes scanning of the runways and aprons for photo imagery and LiDAR (laser radar) data. Thermal identification will also be used for wildlife detection as part of the SMART Wildlife management model (the use of technology and data to enhance traditional wildlife management methods). AERIUM and CFS will also continue to use the Robird®,a robotic falcon mimicking the appearance and flight of an actual falcon, to allow the companies to compare year-over-year data to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of this UAV on wildlife management and bird control at an airport.

“Last year has shown that CFS and AERIUM can use our Robird® to safely integrate an effective bird control program into the daily airport operations at EIA. This year, we’re looking to expand on that and we’re happy with the continued support from EIA”, says Nico Nijenhuis, CEO of Clear Flight Solutions.

“CFS/AERIUM have been able to safely integrate UAV use into EIA’s daily operations,” said Steve Maybee, EIA VP of Operations. “Their services effectively supported our wildlife management, operations, and infrastructure projects. Now that we have successfully completed the initial trial, EIA will be continuing to use and integrate CFS/AERIUM’s services into daily operations and continuing to evaluate and modify the program to support operational requirements.”

About Clear Flight Solutions

Clear Flight Solutions is a Dutch company combining expert knowledge of unmanned aerial vehicles with extensive expertise in the ecological domain. Whether the situation requires a robotic bird of prey or a stable multicopter, the Company provides a working solution. With the Robirds, flying on unique patented flapping wing technology, the company offers unmatched effectiveness in the field of bird control. Clear Flight Solutions also offers unique platforms for wildlife observation and protection, safety and surveillance, and surveying and mapping.

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About AERIUM Analytics

AERIUM Analytics is a Canadian UAV Service provider with a strong focus on complex operations and geospatial intelligence. Through the integrated service model, AERIUM offers everything from UAV flight services, to data processing and analysis, and enhanced data visualization, covering the full spectrum of UAV needs for its clients. As the world embraces UAV technology, AERIUM will be at the forefront of the technological wave.

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Housed at EIA, the AATC focuses on the development and attraction of Aerospace and Technology companies to Alberta. In 2016, the AATC joined up with AERIUM to focus on the growth and development of UAV technologies in Alberta. The AATC is a joint venture founded by Canadian Helicopters (an HNZ company), Canadian North, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), the Government of Alberta and EIA. As part of AATC, Canadian North operates a 737 training simulator in the airport’s Cargo Village, HNZ Topflight operates a helicopter training simulator in the main terminal building and the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) is constructing a new educational facility in the north part of EIA.

About Edmonton International Airport

Edmonton International Airport is a self-funded, not-for-profit corporation whose mandate is to drive economic prosperity for the Edmonton Region. EIA is Canada’s fifth-busiest airport by passenger traffic and the largest major Canadian airport by land area. EIA offers non-stop connections to destinations across Canada, the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. EIA is a major economic driver, with an economic output of over $3.2 billion, supporting over 26,000 jobs. For more information, please visit: flyeia.com, follow @flyeia on Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin or Facebook.

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