Behind the Scenes of a Drone Light Show: An Insider’s Look

At Electric Airshows, we pride ourselves on creating spectacular drone light shows that leave audiences mesmerised. Our shows are the result of a complex and intricate process that involves a team of skilled technicians and advanced technology. We work closely with our clients to determine the desired theme and message they want to convey.

Planning a Drone Light Show

When planning a drone light show, there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration to ensure a successful event. Here, we discuss the key elements involved in planning a drone light show.

Drone Light Show Theme

The theme of the drone light show is an important consideration when planning the event. The theme will dictate the type of movements and lighting effects that are used during the show. It is essential to choose a theme that is engaging and relevant to the audience.


The movement of the drones is a critical aspect of the drone light show. The drones need to be programmed to move in a specific pattern to create the desired effect. The movement of the drones can be choreographed to music or other audio cues.

Lighting Effects

The lighting effects used during the drone light show are another critical consideration. The drones can be programmed to display different colours and patterns to create a stunning visual display. The lighting effects need to be synchronised with the movement of the drones to create a cohesive display.


Weather conditions can have a significant impact on the drone light show. High winds or rain can cause the drones to malfunction, which can be dangerous. It is essential to monitor the weather conditions and reschedule the event if necessary.


The location of the drone light show is another critical factor. The space must be large enough to accommodate the drones and provide an unobstructed view for the audience. The location should also be easily accessible to the audience.

A drone in focus as part of a drone light show.

Choreography of a Drone Light Show

When it comes to a drone light show, choreography is everything. It involves the careful planning and coordination of each drone’s movements to create a stunning visual spectacle. Here’s what goes into the choreography of a drone light show:

  • Programming: Before the show, each drone is programmed with its specific flight path and light pattern. This is done using specialised software that allows the choreographer to visualise and fine-tune every aspect of the show.
  • Synchronisation: During the show, the drones must be synchronised to ensure that they all move and light up at the right time. This is achieved using a combination of GPS technology and wireless communication.
  • Safety: Safety is a top priority in drone light shows. The choreographer must ensure that the drones are flying in a safe area and that they are not at risk of colliding with each other or any other objects.
  • Artistic Vision: Ultimately, the choreography of a drone light show is about creating a stunning visual experience for the audience. The choreographer must have a clear artistic vision and be able to translate that vision into a cohesive and captivating performance.

The choreography of a drone light show is a complex and highly technical process that requires careful planning, coordination, and execution. But when done well, it can create an unforgettable experience for audiences.

On the Day

The first thing we do is set up the ground control station where we can monitor the drones and make sure they are flying in the right formation. We then set up the drones, ensuring each one is properly calibrated and has enough battery life to complete the show.

Once the drones are set up, we begin to program them with the choreography for the show. This involves carefully selecting the movements and formations we want the drones to make and then inputting these into the software that controls the drones.

Throughout the show, we monitor the drones closely to ensure they fly safely and according to plan.

After the show is over, we carefully land the drones and pack them away.

An audience enjoy a drone light show

Key Challenges of a Drone Light Show

Delivering a drone light show can be a breathtaking experience for the audience, but it comes with its own set of challenges. We must overcome these challenges to ensure a successful and safe event. Here are some of the key challenges we face when organising a drone light show:

  • Maintaining Synchronisation: One of the most significant challenges of a drone light show is maintaining synchronisation between the drones. We must ensure that all drones are in sync with each other and follow the same path to create a visually pleasing display. Any deviation from the pre-planned path can ruin the entire show.
  • Weather Conditions: Weather conditions can significantly impact the performance of drones. Strong winds, rain, and fog can make it challenging to fly drones and can even cause accidents. We must keep a close eye on the weather forecast and plan accordingly to ensure a safe and successful event.
  • Battery Life: Drones rely on batteries to fly, and their battery life can be limited, particularly in cold weather conditions. We must ensure that the drones have enough battery life to complete the entire show without any interruptions.
  • Technical Glitches: Technical glitches can occur at any time and can significantly impact the performance of drones. We must have backup systems in place to minimise the impact of any technical issues that may arise.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Organising a drone light show requires compliance with various regulations and permits. We must ensure that we have obtained all necessary permits and comply with all regulations to avoid any legal issues.
  • Safety Concerns: Safety is always our top priority when organising a drone light show. We must ensure that all safety protocols are in place, including keeping a safe distance from the audience and ensuring all drones are in good working condition.

Wrapping Up the Show

After the performance, we begin carefully landing each drone and packing up all of our equipment for transport. This is a critical part of the show, ensuring that our drones are safe and ready for their next performance.

Once everything is packed up, we gather as a team to debrief and review the show. This is an important step in our process, as it allows us to identify areas where we can improve for future performances. We discuss what went well and what didn’t, and brainstorm ways to make our next show even better.

At Electric Airshows, we are proud of the innovative solutions for in-sky entertainment and the hard work we put in to make it a success. We look forward to our next opportunity to showcase our skills and creativity with our drone light show.

If you want to discuss your drone light show or event with us, contact us today.

Client testimonials

To fly the nation state flag, offshore, at such short notice, bought to our event an element never previously seen and made a huge impact on social media

Dashka Tolkecheva, UA Events

Electric Airshows integrated a Drone Light Show element to our fireworks and multimedia extravaganza, bringing a new creative medium to the skies above our venue.

Chris Carter, Merlin Entertainments

Working with Electric Airshows added a dynamic drone light show element to our private show, which alongside the fireworks and pyrotechnics created a new multi dimensional experience for our guests.

Jon Kellett, Starlight Design

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