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 safety and security concerns.”
He added: “This is an enormous step forward for safely integrating drones into the airspace based on a more finely-tuned evaluation of risks associated with aircraft approaching and departing different types of airports.”
The new system allows GEO to create detailed three-dimensional ‘bow tie’ safety zones surrounding runway flight paths, and to use complex polygon shapes around other sensitive facilities, rather than just simple circles.
The new restrictions better reflect the actual safety risk posed in those areas, while allowing more flights to the side of runways where risk is substantially lower.
It also incorporates the principles of Section 384 of the recently-enacted FAA Reauthorisation Act designating the final approach corridor to active runways at major airports to be ‘runway exclusion zones’ for unauthorised drones.
DJI has advised its pilots to update their DJI GO 4 flight control app and aircraft firmware to ensure these improvements are implemented.
As part of the move, DJI has replaced its data provider with hope to obtain highly accurate details including exactly location of airports runways and facility boundaries.
DJI will now use PrecisionHawk instead of AirMap.