Aerial Buzz Makes Uptown Charlotte History

It’s always fun to be the first to do something. That will be the case when Aerial Buzz takes to the skies on July 4th to film the BB&T Fireworks show as the first legal nighttime drone operation in Uptown Charlotte. An effort that took quite a bit of work.

Back in 2017, Thomas Wilson (Director of Drone Operations) filed  paperwork with the FAA to get authorization to fly during the day in Charlotte airspace. Once the FAA signed off, Aerial Buzz was ready to fly safely in one of the largest airspaces in the country.

The next step was to acquire the waiver which gives a drone pilot permission to fly at nighttime. Each waiver is highly scrutinized and vetted during the application process. In May, the FAA gave Aerial Buzz permission to fly in Uptown Charlotte at night. To our knowledge, this had never been done before legally.

Aerial Buzz is the only local company in Charlotte who has these credentials. We are sticklers for details and adhering to all FAA rules and regulations in order to take the pressure off of our partners.

When it comes to the BB&T Fireworks show, Aerial Buzz took the necessary steps of meeting with CMPD and the Charlotte Knights to talk strategy and be transparent about our intentions and operating procedures. Both CMPD and the Knights signed off on our plans.

Our operation will consist of a two-person team operating at a safe distance from the fans and crowds at the ballpark as well as a nearby Romare Bearden Park. Our team will be clearly marked in high visibility vests and traffic cones. In addition, our drone will hold two strobe lights so that it’s visible to other aircraft in the area. We also plan to livestream the event from social media depending on the cell phone/Wi-Fi capability.

We are excited to make history capturing the fireworks from another perspective while doing it safely, legally and having fun. Check out the video above!

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