New DJI Drones Set to Include Airplane & Helicopter Detectors


DJI has announced plans to expand its drone safety agenda by adding airplane and helicopter detectors to upcoming consumer models. As part of the plan, all new DJI drone models released after January 1, 2020 that weigh more than 250 grams will feature AirSense technology.

"DJI leads the drone industry in developing safety technology and education, and we continue that tradition today by setting higher expectations for ourselves, our competitors and regulators," said Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President for Policy & Legal Affairs. "DJI was the first company to offer geofencing, automatic altitude limits, return-to-home technology and other safety features to the world's growing community of personal and professional drone pilots. We believe our efforts have helped drones attain their enviable safety record, and we expect our new agenda will further improve safety even as more drones take to the skies."

AirSense tech will allow the drones to receive ADS-B signals from nearby airplanes and helicopters, offering warnings to drone pilots if they are in danger of a collision. In addition, drone pilots will be able to see the location of airplanes and helicopters from miles away on their remote control screens. Check out the video below for more info on how the tech works!



The addition of AirSense tech into DJI consumer drones is the first step in the company's 10-Point "Elevating Safety" plan for the drone industry.

Here's a rundown of the entire plan per DJI:
  1. DJI will install ADS-B receivers in all new drones above 250 grams
  2. DJI will develop a new automatic warning for drone pilots flying at extended distances
  3. DJI will establish an internal Safety Standards Group to meet regulatory and customer expectations
  4. Aviation industry groups must develop standards for reporting drone incidents
  5. All drone manufacturers should install geofencing and remote identification
  6. Governments must require remote identification
  7. Governments must require a user-friendly knowledge test for new drone pilots
  8. Governments must clearly designate sensitive restriction areas
  9. Local authorities must be allowed to respond to drone threats that are clear and serious
  10. Governments must increase enforcement of laws against unsafe drone operation

Source: DJI