How the FAA made drone shows possible on ‘America’s Got Talent’
A bevy of drones dancing to a Coldplay song, A Sky Full of Stars, was one of the most memorable parts of America’s Got Talent: Extreme season premiere earlier this year. That standout performance earned Philadelphia drone show company Verge Aero the “Golden Ticket” from judge Simon Cowell, which catapulted the group straight to the finale. Now, the FAA is revealing how federal aviation inspectors worked behind the scenes to make Verge Aero’s drone shows a reality.
Verge Aero performed twice for the TV talent show. The first was the Golden Buzzer audition that was taped in September 2021 in uncontrolled airspace near Atlanta. Then came a bonus show, which did not air on TV but can be seen on YouTube. It was taped in January near the Santa Monica Airport. You can check out the videos from both these shows at the end of this article.
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