19 November 2015

3DR's Solo drone can update no-fly zones in real time

AirMap shows not only restricted areas around large and small airports, but also temporary flight restrictions (TFR) areas like wildfires, public events or visits from the President. 3DR incorporated these maps into its Solo UAV (above), so that if you open the app in a restricted area, you'll see a yellow "warning" or red "don't fly" circle.

DJI also helps Phantom pilots avoid restricted no-fly zones, but its system appears to work differently. Unlike 3DR's AirMap-enabled app, DJI only shows permanently restricted zones, like airports -- it doesn't constantly update temporary no-go areas. Also, Phantom drones won't even take off in "red zones" due to software lock-offs, whereas 3DR's AirMap system is strictly informational.

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