Flying drones has already long been illegal in Washington DC’s highly secure airspace, but this new move by DJI will help to enforce things from the drone operator’s side of things. The new firmware will prevent Phantom 2 drones from flying anywhere inside a 15.5-mile radius of downtown Washington DC, so owners living in the area will now need to travel outside that perimeter if they want their drone to be operational.

If this type of firmware restriction becomes ubiquitous in the camera drone industry, it will be more difficult for people to find themselves on the wrong side of
aviation law.

Going to be really interesting to see how this plays and how long before it’s hacked. This firmware update actually restricts flight around any Class A or B airport. Should be worth a nice insurance discount – like seatbelts.


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