Great Lakes Drone Company To Light Up The Skies Over Algoma

 In Shanty Days

One of only three companies in the U.S. approved by the FAA to perform lighted drone shows, Michigan-based Great Lakes Drone Co. is scheduled to take their show to the skies over Algoma, WI to conclude the 2018 Shanty Days Celebration of the Lake. This is only the third lighted drone show performed in the state of Wisconsin!

On Sunday, August 12, 2018, viewers will see 25 drones perform The History of Flight show which is synced with music of the era. The show we will see was part of a larger show that Great Lakes Drone Co. performed at EAA Airventure in Oshkosh on July 26, 2018.   The show’s sponsor, WDOR, will broadcast the music for the show on 93.9 FM. The light show is scheduled to begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. and will last for 15 minutes. The music will be broadcast on the Main Grounds.

Grat Lakes Drone Light Show

Photo source: Great Lakes Drone Company’s Facebook page

Just a few fun facts about these drone shows:

  • Actual LED Lumen level for one drone is 4000 lumens. These shows at altitude have been clearly seen from 5 miles away at the 200ft performance level! To put this in perspective one average high beam headlight on a car is about 1200 lumens.
  • Distance provides better viewing of the drone shows with a recommended minimum of 50-100 yards from the intended audience viewing platform.
  • The company travels to a show with a minimum of 3 staff members. This number increases with every 10 drones added to a show, with a 200 drone light show taking 25 people to run it.
  • It can take 4 – 6 weeks to coordinate and program a custom show!

Great Lakes Drone Company will be at the Algoma Fire Department’s Porkie Pancake breakfast on Sunday morning to answer questions and do some drone demonstrations.

Notes about the Sunday evening show:

The recommended viewing area is in green on the map below.  Those wishing to listen to music are asked to tune into WDOR 93.9 FM just before sunset.  Internet live stream of the WDOR broadcast is not recommended.

No traffic or persons (not inside a parked car or home) will be permitted in the orange safety zone. Police will be strictly enforcing this rule. Although the show may be seen up to five miles, seating in the recommended area will ensure full viewing.

You can read about the show performed at EAA Airventure on the Journal Sentinel Website.  To learn more about Great Lakes Drone Co., you can visit their website here.

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