28 May 2019
Drone manufacturer DJI is to equip all of its drones weighing more than 250 grams with AirSense technology, which receives ADS-B signals from nearby aeroplanes and helicopters and warns drone pilots if they appear to be on a collision course.
DJI says it will be the largest single deployment of ADS-B collision awareness technology to date.
AirSense can detect aircraft from miles away, farther than a drone pilot can hear or see them, and displays their locations on the screen of the pilot’s remote controller.
DJI’s AirSense is the first of ten points in ‘Elevating Safety’, its new safety plan. The ten points are:
DJI will introduce AirSense in its drones from 1 January 2020 to coincide with the US requirement for aircraft to be fitted with ADS-B transmitters.
“Expanding the availability of AirSense to DJI pilots is a meaningful step forward in safely integrating UAS and reducing conflicts with manned aircraft,” said Rune Duke of the US Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
“ADS-B In is used daily by thousands of pilots to increase their situational awareness and ensure safe operations.
“As the general aviation fleet further equips with ADS-B Out and other NextGen technology, enhancements like AirSense will allow all pilots to maximize their investment. All of aviation will benefit from the incorporation of this technology into DJI’s large fleet.”