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I’m very new to the drone world but am already seeing what a fluid situation the industry is in. With the DOI grounding all their Chinese made drones over security concerns, should I avoid buying DJI products? In favor of what?
Hey all - awhile back, maybe a year or more ago I heard that if you update the Mavic Pro firmware it was locking people out of being able to fly even if you had permission to fly in those areas. I wasn't sure if everyone experienced that or not? I haven't updated my firmware in forever because I was afraid of that. I do a lot commercial work for architects and the local airport is super cool about giving permission over the phone, especially when I'm only doing 50-100ft AGL flights within 50-100 yards of the home point. (I'm part 107 certified as well) I recently got the Mavic Air and it's newer firmware has prevent me from taking off in spots saying "cannot take off" on the screen, even if I have permission, so I always have my Mavic Pro ready to go as well. Now I'm headed to China for a company specifically to shoot Tea Plantations for their business. (DSLR photo/video & drone shots.) I'd love to take the Mavic Air because of it's size for travel, but I'm afraid I'm going to get over there and get that "cannot take off" message. Let me be clear, I'm not saying I want to make illegal flights. I just want to be able to fly in the areas I should be able to fly, class G, and in the middle of nowhere in a tea field, or in places that I've been given permission to fly. The controller obviously doesn't know that I've been given permission though. Anyone had this issue, know a way around it, or an article pointing to this firmware issue? Better yet, anyone in China been flying around tea fields in Shoaxing, Nanning, or Pu'er City? I see a few geo zones on the DJI website map, but I think the tea fields will be out in the country away from them. Thanks so much for the help - Mike.
Workers in China's Sichuan Province are using drones to help build massive new bridges across raging rivers! (Just look at the pictures in the linked article..truly stunning!) Drones are used to run a pilot cable across the expanse the bridge will traverse. With the pilot cable, larger and large cables can be added creating the framework for the bridges. The Chinese engineers are using a large 6-rotor drone to carry the pilot cable to the other side of the bridge structure. The engineers claim this method is over 100 times more efficient and 80% less costly than traditional methods! And yes there is a video! @Alan Perlman can you start a special 'construction' industry application in the forum?
Well, here is the latest update on the status concerning delivery of my Mavic Pro! Dear buyer,so sorry to tell you ship date will delay.we got news from DJI and they said ship date will delay due to hot sale.they also explain it on DJI website,you can check that later.According to your order time and DJI policy,we will send it to you from 24th,Nov to 10th,Dec.If it is ok for you?If not , we can cancel the order for you,how do you think？Sincerely Has anyone else experienced the same ordeal???