“We’ve been interested in drones since we first saw them a few years ago at halftime at the Super Bowl,” says AIBF executive director Paul Smith. “The cost was just exorbitant; we couldn’t afford to do it. Now we are so happy to have met Verge Aero and Nils Thorjussen – they’ve brought the cost down to a level we can afford, and that’s wonderful!”
Although one flight was canceled due to a thunderstorm, the 11-minute show, featuring 300 drones and pre-scheduled by the Verge Aero team, performed eight shows the night and morning just before the launch of the Dawn Patrol balloons. In addition to the hot air balloon and aviation emblems, the aerial display included touches of humor, with the familiar shapes of Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote (thanks to Loony Tunes). Smith comments, “When people see fireworks, you get the ‘Oh‘ and ‘aah‘ – but when they watch the drone show, they’re always a bit livelier!”
Verge Aero’s modern aviation expertise even saved the day on several occasions when the wind put a stop to hot air balloon rides and fireworks. On those occasions, thanks to their rugged design, GPS positioning technology, and wind tolerance, drones were the only entertainment in the sky. Smith says: “The event is very weather dependent, and we had some challenges this year. That was one of the great things about Verge Aero’s drone show: even when we had 15 mph winds , with gusts to maybe 20, the drones went It surprised me, because I didn’t think they had that kind of capability, but they were rock solid – their show was perfect.
There were no rough edges visible from a management point of view either. Smith explains, “Any time when you’re doing something new, there’s a learning curve… With Verge Aero – and I hate to sound cliched – but it’s been done completely seamlessly. . We gave them the seat, they came in, they did the show – and they were nice about it! There was no work on our part – they do everything themselves. »
Nils ThorjussenVerge Aero CEO, said, “It was great to be part of such an iconic event. Together with the organizers, we created unique and dynamic content that continually evolved and kept audiences engaged and told. a great story. This show really underscores how drone shows are a fascinating art form that can be incorporated into a wide variety of applications.”
Overall, Verge Aero’s drones made a good impression. “All the former pilots I’ve talked to here think it’s just the coolest thing we’ve ever done. Luckily when I talk to the Verge Aero guys they think the balloons are the coolest thing. cool that they saw – so it’s a good symbiotic relationship!” laughs Smith.
He adds: “I don’t want to hurt myself in future negotiations, but I hope they come back in a few years!”
Watch videos of the event here:
Balloon Fiesta Show Highlights
Balloon Fiesta Event Recap
Full Balloon Fiesta show in real time
SOURCE Verge Aero