DJI Modifies Software to Prevent Flights in No-Fly Zones

  • Jan 29, 2015 12:06pm GMT

Following the crash of a quad-copter on the White House lawn, UAV manufacturer DJI has issued a software patch that will disable the ability to remotely fly their aircraft in No-Fly zones.

Statement issued by DJI:

Manufacturer DJI will disable all of its devices within a 15.5-mile radius of downtown Washington D.C., following the crash landing of one its quadcopters in the White House compound on Monday.

The company said it would release what it called a mandatory update for its drone operating system in the coming days. The update would automatically disable drone flights over Washington D.C. and fence off no-fly zones around than 10,000 airports across the country. However, owners of most DJI drones won’t be forced to download the update — those who choose not to install it would just miss out on new features down the road.

“We are pushing this out a bit earlier to lead in encouraging responsible flight,” said DJI spokesperson Michael Perry. “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.”