Drone News: DJI Release Leaks, AUVSI’s Stance on Drone Bans, & an Update on the NFL Drone Flight

Welcome to Weekly UAS News Update

This week, we have three exciting stories for you: a new DJI release, controversy involving , and an update on the individual who flew a drone over an NFL game in . Let's dive into the details.

DJI's Upcoming Event and Rumors

First off, DJI has been the subject of several rumors regarding its future releases. Last week, we discussed the potential unveiling of the Avata 2, and this week, there's anticipation for an event scheduled on March 26, titled “Easy Operation, Superior Results.” Leaks online hint that this event could introduce the 2 alongside a Matrice 3D and a 3DT drone.

These products appeared on the FCC database in February, sparking considerable interest. Rumors suggest the Dock 2 may be priced at around $110,000, though the cost of the drones themselves has not been disclosed. The leaked specifications include a 50-minute flight time for the Matrice 3D series, wind resistance up to 27 mph, and a maximum takeoff weight of 1610 grams. These features are particularly appealing to enterprise consumers and public safety sectors. We will provide more details as they become available, especially after the event next week.

AUVSI's Controversial Stance on Drone Bans

In another development, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has been criticized for its attempts to ban DJI drones, especially those used by public safety agencies nationwide. During a recent webinar, AUVSI's new co-CEO, Michael Robbins, insisted that AUVSI does not support immediate bans on Chinese drones. However, DroneXL discovered evidence to the contrary.

A document revealed through a request equivalent to a FOIA in showed AUVSI's support for SB 135, a bill proposing the immediate prohibition of drones manufactured and assembled by entities deemed concerning. This bill, if passed, would prevent public entities in Utah from purchasing or operating Chinese drones.

The contradiction in AUVSI's public stance and internal actions has sparked controversy.

Drone Incident at NFL Game Update

Lastly, we have an update on Matthew Hebert, who was accused of flying a drone over an NFL game earlier this year, causing a delay. Hebert, who claimed ignorance of the (TFR) and relied on a drone's remote control app for navigation, cooperated with the investigation. He was sentenced to one year of probation and a $500 fine.

That wraps up this week's . We hope you have a fantastic weekend. Join us next Monday for the live update and don't forget about our special community event on Friday at 4:00 p.m. Pacific time.

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