DJI has demanded that the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) withdraws a video and blog post which depict a collision between a DJI Phantom 2 and the wing of a small airplane, calling the video ‘misleading’.
In a statement, DJI has said the UDRI staged its video to create a scenario inconceivable in real life.
The international manufacturer described how the collision shown on video was at a higher speed than the combined maximum speed of the drone and airplane, which is also faster than the FAA’s testing guidelines.
The statement went on to detail how the UDRI has not disclosed its testing methodology or the resulting data, and while it acknowledged that a similar test with a simulated bird caused ‘more apparent damage,’ it has only promoted the video showing damage from a DJI drone.
In a letter to the lead researcher involved in the video, DJI’s vice president of policy & legal affairs said UDRI “recklessly created and promoted a video that falsely claims to depict a dangerous condition posed by one of our products.
He went on to add that the “public comments deliberately present an entirely improbable, if not impossible, event as a commonplace risk routinely faced by airplane pilots.”