Fireworks festival in trouble as ‘drone show’ spreads

Drones have a variety of uses, such as aerial shooting, pharmaceutical development and warfare. In recent years, “drone shows” using a large number of these drones have been held around the world. However, sources say the growth of drone shows is putting the traditional fireworks industry in a difficult position.

Fireworks festival in trouble as 'drone show' spreads

Fireworks festival in trouble as ‘drone show’ spreads

Drone swarms taking to the skies have been on the rise in recent years, with shows everywhere from the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 to the coronation of Charles III in 2023.

According to a survey by Allied Market Research, which specializes in market research, the global market for drone shows, which was virtually nonexistent in 2010, will reach about $1 billion (about 144 billion yen) by 2021. He says it will.

From the perspective of a “show that adds color to the night sky,” fireworks displays and drone shows are very similar. However, compared to traditional fireworks displays, drone displays are considered quieter, safer and more environmentally friendly. For this reason, many in the fireworks industry are considering whether to get into the drone business by investing in expensive equipment and adapting to regulations, or whether to continue manufacturing fireworks even if drone shows become more popular in the future, believing that demand for fireworks will remain stable, and I am faced with the difficult decision of whether to continue.

Generally, in the U.S., fireworks festivals celebrating Independence Day on July 4 take place everywhere, and the fireworks industry is said to earn most of its annual revenue before and after that time. However, in Salt Lake City, Utah and Boulder, Colorado, drone shows will be held on Independence Day 2023 instead of fireworks displays. It is believed that the shift from fireworks shows to drone shows will reduce the risk of forest fires and pollution.

Fireworks festival in trouble as 'drone show' spreads

Fireworks festival in trouble as ‘drone show’ spreads

Chris Hopkins, co-owner of the Star Flight Drone Show, which produces drone shows, said, “Drone shows are more complicated than fireworks shows.” The Starflight Drone Show will procure at least 75 drones in 2022, priced at $1,500 or more each, submitting numerous applications to the Federal Aviation Administration and seeking regulatory approval. I got We also secured personnel skilled in drone operations. Hopkins believes drone shows are well worth the investment.

On the other hand, not everyone wants a drone show that adds color to the night sky; some people want a traditional fireworks display. Galveston, Texas, hosted a drone show on July 4, 2022, but is considering bringing back a traditional fireworks show in 2023. In addition, there is a perception that “drone shows lack momentum because they don’t have the explosions of a fireworks show.

As drone shows expand, some fireworks companies are moving into the drone space, while some reveal they will maintain conventional systems. Heather Govett of Western Display Firework, an Oregon pyrotechnics company, said, “The expertise, qualifications and expense of putting on a drone show simply can’t be solved.” On the other hand, it revealed that it will host a drone show in partnership with a company that provides drone shows at the request of its customers.

Fireworks festival in trouble as 'drone show' spreads

Fireworks festival in trouble as ‘drone show’ spreads

According to the New York Times, “Just like the drone fireworks show when the Democrats celebrated the results of the 2020 presidential election, coordination between the drone show industry and the fireworks industry will help both industries. I see hope,” he said.

Rick Boss, owner of Sky Elements, which is responsible for drone shows, said, “Traditional large fireworks companies can consider entering and expanding into new areas such as drone shows, but smaller fireworks companies are struggling, but increased competition is opening up” increased business opportunities. ” In addition, Mr. Bose said, “some fireworks companies are shrinking their operations, while others appear to have exited the fireworks business altogether. It’s a good time,” he said.

 

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