Drones lit the night sky over Tullahoma, Tennessee, on Sept. 13, delivering on a promise to celebrate AOPA’s eightieth anniversary with a custom show.
The third and final AOPA Fly-In of 2019 proved to be the charm: Bad weather in Frederick, Maryland, had grounded the Great Lakes Drone Company fleet of LED-toting unmanned aircraft. Trouble with the custom software forced a fleetwide overhaul that nixed the show at the second AOPA Fly-In, held in Livermore, California, in June.
The crowd clearly enjoyed the show, notwithstanding a missing light or two in some of the shapes. They had a chance to see the power of the emerging technology to entertain, just one of the hundreds of missions that drones are accomplishing or poised to achieve as integration proceeds in the years to come.