The 2018 Winter Olympics officially kick off with the Opening Ceremony on Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The temptation to fly a shiny new drone above the action will undoubtedly be great for amateur filmmakers and photographers in the immediate vicinity, but DJI is working to set the course for things by setting up an area of interest. temporary air exclusion around the country’s sports arenas.
The flight restrictions will arrive as part of a drone software update, instituting restrictions or duration of games this month in the South Korean cities of Pyeongchang, Gangneung, Bongpyeong and Jeongseon. The size of the area is determined by the recommendations of the aviation authorities.
The reasons for the restrictions are pretty clear: to avoid collisions and other disruptions caused by flying too close to the action. “Safety is DJI’s top priority and we have always taken proactive steps to educate our customers to obey the law and, where appropriate, set up temporary no-fly zones during major events,” said the company said in a statement. “We believe this feature will reduce the potential for drone operations that could inadvertently create safety concerns.”
It has become quite common practice for the company around various big events in recent years. In the past, DJI has put in place temporary restrictions around the Euro 2016 football tournament in France, the two main party conventions ahead of the 2016 presidential election and the G7 summit in Japan.