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Finally the DJI Witch Hunt is Over – Pentagon Approved

It appears the Pentagon has put an end to the ridiculous fear and knee-jerk reaction of so many people over DJI software issues.

Don’t get me wrong, I have serious concerns about the operation of the DJI aircraft that have never applied for or achieved an Airworthiness Certification. And now that support and development are ending for models, I think the situation will get worse. See this and this.

But I never understood the fear and hype over the banning of DJI drones because of the data concerns. Hardware issues are more critical.

If I’m a firefighter and flying a DJI drone to find a missing person, what in the world could DJI have learned that was so sensitive that it creates an issue. More sensitive information is available from Google maps and near real-time satellite data.

According to Drone Life, DJI Government Edition drones were cleared for use by a US Department of Defense audit, which stated that “The DJI Government Edition versions that were tested, show no malicious code or intent and are recommended for use by government entities and forces working with US services.”

About Steve Rhode

The Public Safety Flight website is dedicated to news, honest information, tips, and stories about the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), UAVs, aircraft, and drones in the fire service and other public safety niches.The site was founded by Steve Rhode, an FAA-certificated airplane commercial and instrument certificated pilot and a very experienced Part 107 UAS commercial pilot. Steve is the Chief Pilot with the Wake Forest Fire Department and the North Carolina Public Safety Drone Academy. He also provides expert advice to drone pilots through Homeland Security Information Network and he is an FAA Safety Team drone expert. Steve loves to work closely with public safety pilots to answer questions and share information, real-world truth, and drone operation advice. You can contact Steve here, learn more about Steve here, or join his public safety pilot private email list here.

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