Breaking news! DJI about to release mandatory firmware with new no fly zones.

January 28, 2015

NOTE: 3.10 HAS BEEN PULLED TEMPORARILY TO FIX A BUG CAUSING SOME TO EXPERIENCE IMU CALIBRATION ERRORS. IF YOU HAVE THIS YOU CAN DOWNGRADE TO 3.08 TO CLEAR THEM. In a direct response to the drone crash at the White House, DJI have announced a new “mandatory” firmware upgrade for the Phantom 2 range, 3.10 coming soon, which will include a no fly zone over Washington and other areas, with more to come. They will also fix the issues with the pre-release version of the app that some have had. Here’s a link to the announcement:

Now I know there will be some up in arms over this, but to be fair to DJI they have had their product in close-up all over the news, and not in a good way. They are enforcing via firmware and existing no fly zone which the FAA has had in place for some time. They are also going to tweak the zones around some major airports where not all runways were covered. Now I can’t really argue with them enforcing via software existing no fly or restricted zones anywhere in the world, as long as they don’t do it by the blunt instrument of a massive circle centred on a point, as not all such zones are circular. We shall see,

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