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Technical difficulties prompted drone show contractor to cancel, but City excited for laser show

Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation is pivoting after technical difficulties with Great Lakes Drone Company's drone show were unable to be resolved in time for next week's Fourth of July event.

Instead, Parks & Rec will be holding a laser light show in the same location, Millenium Plaza.

"Since safety is our top priority, the City has elected to cancel the drone show and book an alternative performance," said Jamie Inglis, Parks & Rec Recreation Supervisor. "We are disappointed we cannot present the drone light show; we (were) excited to introduce this innovative technology to the community. However, we know that the laser light show will be just as much fun."

Previously planned evening festivities — including tunes from DJ Danny Dwyer, balloon twisting and juggling — will still occur. In addition, cuisine and beverages will be available for purchase from Ancestry Brewing, Dogs and Fries, Koi Fusion, Kona Ice and MexiRican.

The show will begin around 10 p.m. and will last approximately twenty minutes.

Additionally, Parks & Rec announced it will still have a small 25-drone show booked Aug. 28 following the final Wednesday concert of the summer season at Westlake Park. It will provide an opportunity to see the drones in action.

Great Lakes Drone Company issued a statement outlining their commitment to resolve the issue with a communication failure between their software and their drones.

"In an effort to maintain the highest safety and quality performance standards, we have issued a safety stand down to our drone light show fleet until further notice," the statement read. "Last week we identified a back end communications logic failure with our software and communications equipment. Until our software vendor can thoroughly identify and correct this issue through performance based testing, we will keep our fleet grounded. As hard as this decision is for any company to make, we feel it is the right one and in line with the aviation industry standards of safety."


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