Written by John-Michael Du Preez
[Here's an update based on the blog below. Thanks to Mike Duncan for this valuable piece of research]:
According to Brendan Schulman Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs at DJI, this update does not limit your drone in it's abilities. It is merely a new update to ensure that you are receiving the correct GEO zones for your particular area. I have searched the internet tirelessly and from confirmed sources this is as good as a non event.
DJI's news letter wording was less than adequate and this led to a lot of confusion.
Here is a summary:
- You do not have to update, just switch off your internet access before launching the app.
- We are not sure at this point if NOT updating will then limit your drone.
So, what is this update and does it affect you?
DJI have caused a stir among their drone users by announcing a new process for activating their software and firmware updates. This new process will be launched at the end of May 2017 by DJI to ensure that drone pilots use the correct set of geospatial information and flight functions, as determined by their geographical location and user profile. Simply put, these new measures ensure that drone pilots follow the relevant laws in their region.
The new DJI activation process will require pilots to login to their DJI account when they install the new DJI GO or Go 4 App on their device. Failure to do so will result in a significant limitations to their drone’s functions: no live camera feed, 50m flight radius, and 30m maximum altitude.
While DJI have not given too much information regarding the exact limitations for users who do correctly update their software, it is likely that they will force pilots to adhere to the CAA’s Do’s and Don'ts, which can be found here.
The announcement from DJI has caused a lot of concern among pilots that their drones will become useless. This is not the case. The purpose of these updates are to enforce the already active laws, which have been designed to promote drone safety.
If you need to chat about the updates or how this will affect you, please feel free to get in touch with us:
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Here's the update from DJI:
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