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New tech will protect AOPA drone showsNew tech will protect AOPA drone shows

Fortem Technologies SkyDome to monitor airspaceFortem Technologies SkyDome to monitor airspace

A high-tech system will monitor the airspace when the Great Lakes Drone Company launches dozens of LED-toting show drones into the night sky at AOPA’s 2019 Fly-Ins.

EAA AirVenture attendees watch the 2018 drone show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The same crew will create displays at all three AOPA Fly-Ins in 2019. Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Drone Company.

Great Lakes Drone Company announced a partnership with Fortem Technologies on March 1 that will bring a new level of airspace awareness to 2019 drone performances in the form of SkyDome, a portable electronic surveillance tool designed for law enforcement and event security. The system tracks objects of all kinds, including aircraft (manned and unmanned), people, and ground vehicles.

“The Fortem SkyDome solution provides an added layer of safety and security to our performances,” said Great Lakes Drone Company CEO Matt Quinn, in a news release, noting that the system will be up and running during his company’s drone light show performances at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida; EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; and all three AOPA Fly-Ins, where the custom light display will help celebrate AOPA’s eightieth anniversary with a formation of at least 80 drones.

AOPA’s 2019 Fly-Ins include two days packed with things to do, see, and learn. Learn more about each event and register here to let us know you’re coming.

AOPA Senior Director of UAS Programs Kat Swain said the addition of Fortem Technologies to the drone show crew adds a new layer of safety for everyone.

“We are excited to see the innovative airspace awareness technology at work and admire the desire to collaborate and provide not only an entertaining drone show, but also a safe environment for the surrounding airspace,” Swain said.

Jim Moore

Jim Moore

Editor-Web Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot, as well as a certificated remote pilot, who enjoys competition aerobatics and flying drones.
Topics: Unmanned Aircraft, Technology, AOPA Events

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