DJI, a world leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, is installing airplane and helicopter detectors in its new consumer drones, part of a 10-point plan to ensure the world’s skies remain safe.

All new DJI drone models released after January 1, 2020 that weigh more than 250 grammes will include AirSense technology, which receives ADS-B signals from nearby aircraft and warns drone pilots if they appear to be on a collision course. This will be the largest single deployment of ADS-B collision awareness technology to date, and puts professional-grade aviation safety technology in drones available to everyone.

“DJI leads the drone industry in developing safety technology and education, and we continue that today by setting higher expectations for ourselves, our competitors and regulators,” says Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice- President for Policy & Legal Affairs. “DJI was the rst to offer geofencing, automatic altitude limits, return-to- home technology and other safety features to drone pilots. We believe our efforts have helped drones attain their enviable safety record.” The AirSense commitment is the first of 10 points in “elevating safety”, a new plan for how DJI, other drone manufacturers and government of cials around the world can maintain drones’ safety record. “There has never been a confirmed collision between a drone and an airplane, but drones have struck low-flying helicopters at least twice,” says Schulman. “This led us to focus on AirSense as the next opportunity to make drones safer.”

Other aviation organisations agree that installing AirSense in mainstream consumer drones is an important step for protecting airplanes and helicopters and the people who fly in them.