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Wash DC restricitons to be added

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Suwaneeguy, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. Suwaneeguy

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    After a drone crash on the White House lawn, DJI has announced that it will impose a 15 mile radius no fly zone on the city.
    Quite frankly, that's way to much in restrcitions.
    There are plenty of places inside that radius one can legally fly in and not be within a national park.

    I would propose that DJI at least consider putting a buffer zone around the White House.
    While allowing pilots to get aerial shots from a safe distance.

    With today's sophisticated technology that should be rather easy to do.
     
  2. Hughie

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    If they keep this up it will be easier for them to switch from a blacklist to a whitelist :roll:
     
  3. BuzzBuzzZoomZoom

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    Actually, DJI isn't doing anything but enforcing the already in place rule. And no, there are no legal places to use your quad within that radius of DC (without FAA permission).

    NOTAM 8326...it even specifically mentions drones, more or less.
    THE FOLLOWING OPERATIONS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED WITHIN THE DC FRZ: FLIGHT TRAINING, AEROBATIC FLIGHT, PRACTICE INSTRUMENT APPROACHES, GLIDER OPERATIONS, PARACHUTE OPERATIONS, ULTRA LIGHT, HANG GLIDING, BALLOON OPERATIONS, TETHERED BALLOONS, AGRICULTURE/CROP DUSTING, ANIMAL POPULATION CONTROL FLIGHT OPERATIONS, BANNER TOWING OPERATIONS, MAINTENANCE TEST FLIGHTS, MODEL AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS, MODEL ROCKETRY, FLOAT PLANE OPERATIONS, UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (UAS) AND AIRCRAFT/HELICOPTERS OPERATING FROM A SHIP OR PRIVATE/CORPORATE YACHT.

    This is just DJI having the hardware match the current rules...it's not DJI trying to be proactive.

    I would be surprised if DJI didn't also sneak in a flight restriction for the rather large No Fly zones around Disney World as well with this firmware update.
     
  4. BuzzBuzzZoomZoom

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    Actually, the DC No Fly zone extends for 30 miles around DC...but DJI only said they'd restrict flight within a 15 mile radius...so if anything, DJI is "working with us".
     
  5. phantompanic

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    This basically covers most everything inside the beltway, which is way way bigger than DC itself. This is overkill.