DJI will release a mandatory firmware update for the Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision, and Phantom 2 Vision+ to help users comply with the FAA’s Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) 0/8326, which restricts unmanned flight around the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

The updated firmware (V3.10) will be released in coming days and adds a No-Fly Zone centered on downtown Washington,

The restriction is part of a planned extension of DJI’s No Fly Zone system that prohibits flight near airports and other locations where flight is restricted by local authorities. These extended no fly zones will include over 10,000 airports registered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and will expand no fly zones to ensure they cover the runways at major international airports. DC and extends for a 25 kilometer (15.5 mile) radius in all directions. Phantom pilots in this area will not be able to take off from or fly into this airspace.

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Comment by Rui Costa on January 28, 2015 at 8:03am

But the autopilot from DJI will permit to fly manually without the GPS in that places, right? So, only will solve the auto or GPS flights?

Comment by BacklashRC on January 28, 2015 at 8:38am

And what happens when a journalist inevitably gets permission to use a UAV in restricted airspace?  What about sanctioned fields on airport property?

I read that the DJI Inspire is forcing firmware updates by prohibiting flight if updates don't occur with specified frequency.

No thank you DJI.  I have always been a fan despite the naysayers, but you have lost me here.  It is time to look for a serious alternative.

Comment by Doug Walmsley on January 28, 2015 at 9:20am

Seems to me that DJI is covering their backsides from the bad publicity.  DJI products are being shown on various mainstream media as a show and tell drone since apparently they are sold in large numbers to consumers.

Then to add to this recent situation, the idiot from NSA who for nothing smarter to do at week hours of the morning after consuming alcohol that it would be fun to test his Phantom II out in bad weather is going to hurt the hobby by doing something stupid near the White House. 

Doesn't surprise me DJI is coding their copters to help the dumb people of the world, but I think it's not the right way to handle this.  Believe local, state, and federal law enforcement need to find, arrest and fine people who do not take this hobby seriously.  Why penalize everyone for one persons bad decisions.  Kind of the same situation I feel about gun control but that is for another forum.  :-)

Comment by DG on January 28, 2015 at 10:18am

@Doug Walmsley- agreed.

For the "another forum", the government has no authority regardless.

Comment by tedsimbajon on January 28, 2015 at 11:14am

@Rui Costa from what i've read, as long as the FC gets GPS coordinate - it will check if its outside "no fly zone" so Auto or manual.

Comment by Stuart Brookes on January 28, 2015 at 1:08pm

DJI GPS tin foil hats for sale, two for a paaaghnd, come and get your DJI GPS tin foil hats

Comment by Stuart Brookes on January 28, 2015 at 1:10pm

I will add....not a DJI fan here, and not surprised as its pretty much always a DJI operating idiot that's in the news causing some ruckus or other.

Comment by John Dennings on January 28, 2015 at 1:19pm

 What is the source for the  Suasnews  article? Copy/paste of the Wall Street Journal, or other news article, (with no attribution and credit)? Direct DJI enquiry with all language coming from DJI?  Original news gathering and write-up?

Comment by Sgt Ric on January 28, 2015 at 3:25pm

Why don't you ask Suasnews, and not here at our site?

Comment by John Dennings on January 28, 2015 at 5:56pm

Hi Sgt Ric, It's a good place to ask here, as Gary posted it and runs or contributes to Suasnews.

Our site?


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