Drone display lights up bright in the 'City of Light'

Date published: 24 February 2022


In 1962, Perth became known worldwide as the ‘City of Light’ when everyone turned on their lights in an effort to make the city visible for astronaut John Glenn as he flew over in his spacecraft.

image of drone display lights up bright in the 'City of Light'

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of this momentous event, a 300-drone light show took flight on Saturday 19 February, but not before detailed safety checks were carried out by CASA.

Innovative technology was used to plot out the drone formation, creating the unique and stunning aerial display to reflect his story and the historical journey of Perth.

In the lead up to the display, CASA worked with the local chief remote pilots to assure safety risks were considered and mitigated.

The checks to gain the required approvals are part of CASA’s remit to regulate aviation safety, ensuring safe and legal drone operations that protect those watching from the ground and also other aircraft in the air.

CASA Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Inspector Ed Morris said public safety is the authority’s top priority when assessing and approving a drone display, especially ones of this size.

“We conduct a number of checks to ensure the display complies with our safety regulations, including assessing the applicant’s risk assessments and dress rehearsal before the event,” Mr Morris said.

“We worked closely with the chief remote pilot who oversees the entire operation, as well as the drone art company, to provide important information on when, where and how they can use the drones safely and within the regulations.”

If you're planning on organising a drone light display, no matter how big or how small—make sure you engage with us early to get the approvals you need in time.

Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//drone-display-lights-bright-city-light
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