DJI to release mandatory firmware update


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

  •  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?

  • 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.

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  • @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.

  • @Doug Walmsley- agreed.

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

  • 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.  :-)

  • 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.

  • 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?

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