CAA issues update on DJI TB50 and TB55 battery faults

The CAA has given an updated safety notice on the in-flight failure problem with some DJI drones. The UK regulator described how it had been in regular contact with the Chinese manufacturer about the problem following a number of recent complaints. DJI then confirmed it was working on a mitigation plan which prompted the CAA to remove some safety restrictions and publish a new notice. The new notice, which can be found in full on the CAA’s website, applies to all operators of multi-rotor small unmanned aircraft utilising DJI battery model TB50 or TB55 and describes how the manufacturer has
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PREVIEW: DJI partners set to descend on Dallas for annual AirWorks 2018 summit

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Partners of drone giant DJI, along with senior executives from its global operations, are preparing to head to the US next week for the company's annual Airworks Conference. The week-long conference starting next Monday will showcase DJI’s plans for the next twelve months and provide an insight to technology developments at the world’s largest drone manufacturer. CDP will reporting live from the event and will be sitting down with DJI’s VP of policy and legal affairs, Brendan Schulman, and director of strategic partnerships Jan Gasparic, to get a feel for what the Chinese-based firm plans to bring to market in the
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DJI refines geofencing to enhance airport safety

DJI has confirmed it is improving its geofencing technology to refine the airspace limitations for drone flights near airports. The company says the move comes with an aim to provide smarter protection for aeroplanes in critical areas. The updated Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) Version 2.0 will be phased in next month, when the revised zones will take effect for airspace around airports in the United States with updates in other regions following in due course. Brendan Schulman, DJI vice president of policy and legal affairs, said: “DJI is proud to once again lead the industry in developing proactive solutions for
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UAVOS and Stratodynamics Aviation to pioneer high-altitude atmospheric monitoring project

UAVOS has announced it is nearing the end of the manufacturing process for its new aircraft, the HiDRON. Commissioned by Stratodynamic Aviation, the HiDRON is a balloon launched unmanned glider capable of autonomous flight modes. It has been designed for the collection of high-altitude atmospheric data. According to the companies behind the project, the objective of the HiDRON is to provide a new dynamic method for measuring and evaluating atmospheric phenomena at various altitudes in a variety of geographical location. The HiDRON is launched to high-altitudes via a helium-filled balloon and, once launched, the autopilot and integrated atmospheric measurement system
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DJI opens new authorised retail store

DJI has opened a new authorised retail store in Troy, Michigan. The new site is located in Oakland County, a place known for its tech driven retail businesses. According to a report from Crain’s Detroit Business, an official grand opening is planned for this Saturday after the store quietly opened its doors earlier in the month. The report goes on to detail how the unique store features a 10 feet tall ‘fly cage’ which aims to give people the chance to test DJI products before making a purchase. Fred Kandah, who opened Excel Drones in Garden City in 2015, invested
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DJI announces global rollout of its Phantom 4 RTK

DJI has announced the global rollout of the Phantom 4 RTK, its high-precision aerial survey drone. The Phantom 4 RTK combines centimetre-level navigation and positioning with a high-performance imaging system. The combination of both systems in the device aims to improve survey efficiency and accuracy while reducing operational difficulty and cost. Sunny Liao, director of enterprise, Europe at DJI, is looking forward to seeing drone pilots across the globe using the new technology, he said: “The Phantom 4 RTK was engineered to meet the specific needs of its users who have come to rely on DJI drones as powerful tools
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VIDEO: DJI presents first episode of its new Film School video tutorial

DJI has launched the DJI Film School series to help drone pilots who want to learn tips and tricks to better their in-flight control. The first episode at the World Rally Championships focuses primarily on the use of the DJI Inspire 2 and sporting events. In the video, the DJI team provides information on topics such as equipment preparation, pre-flight procedures, location and camera positioning. Watch the first episode here:
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UK drone operator UAVAid considers relocation of testing and manufacturing sites

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Commercial drone operator UAVAid is assessing the feasibility of moving its testing and manufacturing facilities to Cornwall, a location the firm believes would provide an “unrivalled environment” for UAS testing over land and sea. It has been working in partnership with Aerospace Cornwall on the project and as part of this it will launch the first UAS flight from Cornwall Airport Newquay at a capability event in May. UAVAid will showcase its humanitarian Hansard drone platform at the event. This UK-developed drone is designed to improve the way aid agencies can respond to large scale disasters and boost healthcare and economic development in
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Fortress UAV launches maintenance program to help drone users

Fortress UAV has launched a preventative maintenance program to help drone users take care of their drones. The program will provide customers with drone maintenance schedules which include industry standard maintenance checklists. Fortress UAV is a provider of drone repair services and hopes this initiative will rival those of manned aircraft maintenance systems. The scheme, named Fortress UAV Protect, has been described by the company as a nose-to-tail preventative maintenance service. It will also provide check points specific to the particular drone model being serviced. Currently, drone models included in the maintenance program are the DJI Mavic Pro, the DJI
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Yuneec International expands commercial UAV offerings with new E10T camera

Yuneec International has announced the expansion of its commercial UAV payload offering with new advanced thermal camera, the E10T. Designed for commercial applications, the E10T is an all-in-one three-axis gimbal, dual thermal imaging and low light camera. It comes available in two versions, a 320 x 256 or a 640 by 512 pixel thermal resolution, each with different lens options. The E10T builds on the original Yuneec CGO-ET dual thermal RGB camera, the industry's first thermal and residual light combination camera that was announced with the H520 at InterDrone 2017. The E10T camera takes high-quality pictures and detects more detail
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