About us

50 Years of Evolution in Winged Flight –

From TIM to Bionic Bird, advancing through MetaBird and MetaFly,

leading to our latest innovation: X-Fly .

France / USA / China
50 YEARS of experience
Our story

The story of a life

Bionic Bird was born out of a passion to create, deeply rooted in a family history. Edwin VAN RUYMBEKE, Aeronautical Engineer, dreamed for years of being able to create an electrical bird that could be the successor of the well-known TIM, the mechanical bird, invented by both his father and grandfather back in the sixties.  

His high scientific knowledge of the flapping flights, gathered along the years, combined with a perfect proficiency in new technologies, made the MetaBird and MetaFly possible, and won the CONCOURS LEPINE gold medal.

“Of birds & mens, a world from the inventor”

“I dreamed of being able to replace the rubber-band bird with an electric motor and a battery to make a radio-controllable model. But the challenge was to maintain the same weight, which was completely impossible with the technology of the time. The new lithium batteries, and coreless motors created for vibrators provided new opportunities! After a few theoretical calculations, I discovered that the dream could become attainable.

From then on, and at the cost of uncompromising design to drastically minimize the weight of each component, the first CAD model (100% virtual) was born. Magic would have it that the first prototype of this model flew beautifully, far beyond my expectations! A page of my history had been turned.”


Micro technology

Fitting all the working components into this life-sized bird’s body meant starting from a revolutionary design:

• Ultra-compact structure: a centrally aligned “spinal cord.”
• Mechanics: a proprietary patented speed reducer at the end of the motor
• Electronics: in order to optimize the number and layout of components and to produce a postage stamp-sized board!

We could write extensively on the number of steps we had to work through to achieve the incredible weight of 9 g for the finished bird. Each component has been the result of a weight-optimization study. The motors & the battery have been developed with the most specialized manufacturers. The most advanced electronic components in miniaturization have been selected.

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If you have any questions or hesitations, please do not hesitate to let us know. We will answer as soon as possible.
Designed in France, our products benefit from such rigorous quality control that each bird is a prototype.
However, some birds require a simple adjustment from the first flights: watch our video tutorials, check if your answer is in the FAQ or download a manual in the Help section.
If by misfortune your product has a defect of any kind, please send us a message. Our after-sales service is one of the most efficient in the industry.


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