Simon de Bono
Simon de Bono has more than 25 years' experience working with specialised explosives and pyrotechnic products across mining, quarrying, construction and outdoor adventure industries throughout Australasia and South Pacific. His knowledge and experience in handling dangerous goods and designing safety management programs, specific to each region and operating environment, is second-to-none.
Based on this solid foundation and reputation, Simon established RocketMan in 2008 and, alongside European manufacturers, began introducing RocketMan’s high quality range of pyrotechnic wildlife control products and launcher systems into New Zealand.
RocketMan was the first company to introduce these systems and supply customers in New Zealand and Australia.
In 2009, RocketMan conducted an extensive 12-month trial at Christchurch International Airport with the aim of reducing the incidence of birdstrike (when a bird or flock of birdscollide with an aircraft, usually during take-off or landing).
The successful trial demonstrated that RocketMan’s systems were highly effective at harmlessly scaring birds away from the airport vicinity.
RocketMan’s proven systems are now an integral component of bird and wildlife control management programs at regional and international airports throughout New Zealand and Australia.
RocketMan also provides site-specific safety management plans, technical expertise and training support.
RocketMan really works! The products scare the birds, because they are not consistent or continuous...
We began using RocketMan following recommendations from other international and regional airports...
The RocketMan range is easy to use, effective and provides a non-lethal option for bird control...
RocketMan really works! The products scare the birds, because they are not consistent or continuous. Our previous experience with other equipment was less than satisfactory, so we were surprised - and still are - at the long-term effectiveness of RocketMan's products. Even 4 years on, the birds have not become accustomed to them.
RocketMan has provided sound, ongoing advice and developed a supportive relationship with us. We would, and do, highly recommend them.
Chief Executive, Nelson Airport Ltd
We began using RocketMan following recommendations from other international and regional airports. RocketMan's products are hassle-free to use, easy to order and represents good value for money. The company provides excellent after-sales service and ongoing advice. They do what they say and add real value to our overall wildlife hazards management programme.
Airport Manager, New Plymouth District Council
The RocketMan range is easy to use, effective and provides a non-lethal option for bird control. We particularly value the ability to combine different types of pyrotechnics - short and long range - in the one, safe-to-handle application.
The specialised and custom-made RocketPAKS mean the products and launchers are always secure, while also being quick and easy to access.
RocketMan is efficient, friendly to deal with and provides knowledgeable advice that has been well received by our team.
Officer-in-charge, Rescue Fire, Queenstown Airport