The news about people leaving DJI voluntarily or otherwise is not over on this Friday afternoon. We just learned that DJI’s Head of US Research & Development, Hai Vo has decided to leave the drone maker and return home to Vietnam.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the political pressure on Chinese-made drones, DJI has been cranking out a lot of products this year. Today, we are very excited to see DJI launch the new DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced drone, which might just be the best thermal quadcopter for first responders and search and rescue organizations. Check out these specs!
Another new photo of DJI’s upcoming FPV drone has been leaked. This gives a little more information about the product. The most remarkable detail: it seems that the drone has sensors for obstacle detection. That is what you call unique for a racing drone. Also visible is the mechanism with which the angle of the FPV camera can be controlled.
This morning DJI Enterprise teases us with a photo of what seems to be a mysterious new product that will be released on December 15th at 8 am EST. We suspect that this might be a new zoom camera gimbal combination for the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise. Let’s take a closer look and see what we can make of this teaser photo.
After first seeing the DJI FPV Goggles V2 and the DJI FPV Remote Controller 2 show up in FCC filings earlier today, we were wondering when the DJI FPV Drone would show up. Well, we didn’t have to wait very long as that just happened a few minutes ago.
The DJI FPV Goggles V2 and DJI FPV Remote Controller 2 have been confirmed in FCC filings that were made public just minutes ago. FCC filings can now be released much closer to the actual launch date of a new product, meaning that there is a very good chance that we will see the new DJI PFV Drone come to the market before the Holiday Shopping season kicks off (if it hasn’t already).
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has fined drone pilot Mikey from Philadelphia, better known as Youtube comedian PhillydroneLife, for
$184,500 $182,004 in proposed civil penalties for the drone videos he live-streamed to Youtube. Yes, you read that correctly, $182,004 in fines.
Update: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the fines added up to $184,500. The exact amount is $182,004.00
Update 2: An earlier version of this article had Mikey’s name misspelled. It’s Mikey. Not Mickey.
Update 3: Mikey’s own explanation of the events. See the Youtube video below.
Update 4: Explanation as to why the FAA may have picked the live-streamed videos only. See the video below.
Editor’s note: DroneXL does not condone or support unsafe drone flying. All pilots should follow the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) drone regulations at all times when flying in the U.S. As I pointed out in the article, I happen to know Mikey because we were on the same drone show once. I do not have access to all the information in this case to assess Mikey’s drone flights. It is a very unfortunate situation, that will hopefully get resolved in a reasonable way.