World’s First ‘Drone Circus’ is Simultaneously Creepy and Amazing

By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times
February 16, 2015 12:48 pm Last Updated: February 17, 2015 10:08 pm

Amsterdam will feature the world’s first drone air show, or more specifically, a “drone entertainment show.”

Fjuze, the organizer of the AIR 2015 event, says the “show reaches a new level in entertainment where visitors will be immersed into 3D effects instead of standard 2D experience, proving that innovation is sensational and nothing is impossible!”

Describing the show as “the next level in entertainment,” Fjuze says it’s the first of its kind.

Some of the events include “a variety of ballet and battles, races and lasers, circus, illusions, and most of all magic from hundreds of drones.” The drones are equipped with lasers and lights, which seem to allow them to draw in the air.

However, the organizer doesn’t say when the show will be held, and the website only says “soon.”

The rapid expansion of commercially viable drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has forced authorities in several countries—primarily the United States and U.K.—to reevaluate flight restrictions on the small aircraft.

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(Screenshot of the AIR 2015 video)

In the U.K., drones can’t be flown within 50 meters (164 feet) of a building, a person, or vehicle. A commercial drone also can’t be flow within 150 meters (492 feet) of a built-up area, which includes sports events.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Authority is looking to allow commercial drone use without a license.

“The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits,” the agency said in a statement on Sunday.

Meanwhile, several commercial drone manufacturers agreed to a self-regulating “no fly zone.”

It was announced through a website and database called NoFlyZone.org. NoFlyZone.org allows individuals to register their home address on a no-fly zone list. The database, which also includes “civil and military airspace, airports, hospitals, schools, and other sensitive locations,” is made available to participating drone manufacturers. 

Dale Jones, founder of RC FlyMaps, a site that helps people find safe places to fly their UAVs, told Epoch Times via email that his site and NoFlyZone.org have similar aspiration. “[B]oth trying to make sure that when an model aircraft (drone) goes up in the air that the pilot has as much info as possible to keep himself, his aircraft, and those around him safe,” said Jones.

RC FlyMaps plans to use NoFlyZone.org data and show those areas as Not Recommended. “I think this will give our users an advantage knowing where people are at that have a negative view on drones,” said Jones.