"DJI censoring where you can fly" (no Tiananmen Square)

According to this RCGroups post:

The WKM upgrade now has a no fly zone built into it 15km around Tienanmen Square . I love the idea of being able to impose your own no fly zones through software,for safety reasons, airports etc. I not not think it right that govts can now make manufacturers hard wire in no flyzones in tho the core software. One of the most important future use of this technology is for journalists to cover stories govts don't want them to cover. SO will the Turkish govt now request no fly zones around taskim square

UPDATE: This is confirmed. Here is DJI's official release note. Thanks to BlueSky1 for the link

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Comment by Chuck on July 19, 2013 at 6:20am

The idea of fixed no-fly zones doesn't seem too outlandish to me, but the fact that this is the only area and it was just added in after those videos had been released is eerie. I wonder who put the heavy hand on DJI.

Comment by Stefan Gofferje on July 19, 2013 at 6:53am

That's why we like open source software!


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on July 19, 2013 at 7:45am

There are other products that do that...


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Comment by John Arne Birkeland on July 19, 2013 at 8:25am

This is pretty much the same as scanners refusing to scan money. As long as we are talking about restricted airspace I'm kinda ok with it. But give a finger and they take the arm and all that..

Comment by LanMark on July 19, 2013 at 9:20am

Tienanmen Square in general is a no fly zone?   Seems like a bunch of additional checks the software is doing that it doesn't need to do... so what happens when you get near the square?

Comment by Chuck on July 19, 2013 at 3:47pm

I understand enforcing the no-fly zones but this one seems way too political. Why did they not just add in all of the airports around the world while they are at it?

Comment by BluSky1 on July 19, 2013 at 9:31pm

I doubt DJI will put no fly zones in the software they already have it all over the DJI manual saying they wont be held responsible so as a company they are safe

In the manual #11

Damage(s) or injuries caused by flying in the following situations such as the aircraft in magnetic
interference area, radio interference area, government regulated no Fly zones or the pilot is in backlight, blocked, fuzzy sight, and poor eyesight is not suitable for operating and other conditions not suit able for operating.

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Comment by Mark Harrison on July 20, 2013 at 1:41am

Is there any evidence for this other than flyingbicuit1's story?  Somebody might be pulling your leg.

In other news, flyingbuscuit1 reported flying his DJI from Beijing to Turkey.

Comment by BluSky1 on July 20, 2013 at 6:04am

It is infact true off DJI website read carefully its there

http://www.dji-innovations.com/dji-released-wookong-m-firmware-5-24...

I hope this is only possible in the Wook model if my naza m and gps can be controled i will ditch it and get cc3d

I use a few Naza-M and gps can DJI control where i fly ? if so i will sell them and get cc3d =)


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Comment by Mark Harrison on July 21, 2013 at 2:45pm

Yep, here's the doc pointed to in the update notice.   Thanks BluSky1!

"Flight Functions are restricted within the radius of 15Km from Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China."

http://download.dji-innovations.com/downloads/wkm/en/Wookong_M_prod...

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