Wednesday 11 February 2015

Drone Maker DJI Bans Washington Flights After White House Crash

According to reports, last week drone of Chinese manufacturer crashed into the White House lawn when it was taking the action to prevent regular incidents. Drone maker DJI stated that “In coming days we will publish a firmware update, which can prevent its flying kit while flying inside Washington DC, which is restricted airspace. And soon after the incidents Drone maker DJI bans all the flights in Washington.

As per the last update currently all aircraft are stopped from crossing national borders, as reports says that last week one of the quadcopters of DJI was found on the ground nearby car park, which is closed to Mexico-US divide. Quadcopter was containing methamphetamine and bags were taped to its body because traffickers were trying to smuggle the illegal drug into United States of America.

Now owners of the Phantom 2 family of drones need to download the updated firmware and later they need install it for the restrictions to take effect and after that programmers will be able to de-activate any kind of the limitations in new models, and these models will come with pre-installed codes. But according to one of the organization, which is Shenzhen-based firm “It would inform the customers that these updates are mandatory and it can make it impossible to add any other future features in it if the firmware will not be installed”.

As per Michael Perry, who is the spokesperson of DJI, “As we all know that aerial systems community is growing day by day, so we feel that it is important to provide additional tools to pilots to fly safely and more responsibly”.

The more DJI officials stated that we are co-operating with national regulators, so that they can make it sure that our sky is still safe and it is open for innovative innovations, as he added that our organization intended to expand the kit’s and additional tools for no fly zone system, and it will work by checking a the GPS location of drone's and it will ensure that drones will not fly in restricted areas such as; an airport runway and other areas of security.

On last Monday, “US Secret Services started an investigation, when one of DJI's Phantom drones was found in the no flying zone of White House. Later it was identified that the device was flown by another government worker, who was the unnamed member of the NGIA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency), while drinking he was operating the device through the window of his own apartment. But he was not arrested, as the arrested indicated that there is need to implement new rules to safeguard the President and other members.

Currently, Federal Aviation Administration is working on the controls to govern the commercial use opf small and big drones, but there have been news that it can be ready to issue them until 2017. In mean time new policy of DJI will limit at least some of its drones as they will be able to take flight within the 15.5 mile of radius. We all know that eagle has crash-landed in Washington and now there should not be stronger FAA guidelines for drones are much needed.

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