Two days after a DJI Phantom crashed in the lawn at the White House, DJI has responded by issuing an announcement detailing a forthcoming firmware update that will restrict flying in and around the D.C. Metro area.
Over the next few days, the Chinese drone manufacturing company will roll out a firmware update for the Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision, and Phantom 2 Vision+. The update will establish a No-Fly Zone centered on downtown Washington, DC and extend for a 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.
According to the announcement, this 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.
“With the unmanned aerial systems community growing on a daily basis, we feel it is important to provide pilots additional tools to help them fly safely and responsibly,” said Michael Perry, DJI’s company spokesperson. “We will continue cooperating with regulators and lawmakers to ensure the skies stay safe and open for innovation.”
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