DJI announced that it will now offer flyaway coverage for the Mavic Air 2 and Mini 2 drones. The protection does not come cheap, however. You will have to pay $399 for the Mavic Air 2 and $225 for the Mini 2 on top of DJI’s Care Refresh extended warranty program. Ouch.
DJI flyaway coverage for Mavic Air 2 and Mini 2 drones
To cover yourself and get DJI’s new flyaway protection you will have to pay $399 for the Mavic Air 2 and $225 for the Mini 2 on top of the $80 (MA2) or $50 (Mini 2) that you would pay for the basic DJI Care Refresh extended warranty program.
The warranty program allows you to have your drone replaced twice per year for $50 each. The flyaway protection only covers you for one event per year. Alternatively, you can sign up for a more expensive two-year plan that will cover up to three drone accidents and two flyaways.
DJI’s Care Refresh extended warranty program does not protect you in case your drone is lost or stolen.
DroneXL’s take on the DJI flyaway coverage
The flyaway protection seems rather expensive in my opinion. Especially when you consider how good DJI OcuSync 2.0 really is (both the Mavic Air 2 and Mini 2 use OcuSync 2.0). In all the time that I have flown DJI drones that come with OcuSync 2.0, I have yet to experience a flyaway.
Flyaways typically happen when your drone is confused about its location. This can occur when you fly somewhere new, for instance when you take your drone on a trip and fly in a location thousands of miles away from the last location you flew your drone. A simple compass calibration before taking off should solve this.
Another situation when flyaways might occur is when you’re flying your DJI drone in an urban area with many tall buildings. Metal structures can confuse your drone and may make it hard to get a solid GPS lock from a sufficient number of satellites. Also, WiFi interference in urban environments can be an issue for some drones.
Overall I would say that flyaways are more likely to happen with older drones and with drones that use WiFi to connect to the remote controller.
Modern DJI drones such as the Mavic Air 2 and Mini 2 are unlikely to fly away if you pay attention and know what you’re doing. For those of you that do, I would argue that DJI’s flyaway protection is overly expensive and probably unnecessary.
Please let us know your thoughts on DJI’s flyaway protection in the comments below.
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