AirMap’s new wildfire alerts help drone pilots understand hazards and restrictions near them when deciding whether it is safe to fly. Information comes from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s incident command system. This is immediately sent to drone pilots using the DJI GO flight control app.
Most wildfires start and spread faster than the time it takes to communicate and post the hazard as a TFR. Often, fires are extinguished before the TFR is issued, and in approximately half of those cases, the fires have been fought by specialized airplanes and helicopters.
Ben Marcus, CEO of AirMap, states “AirMap delivers dynamic airspace intelligence to unmanned aircraft in order to provide the safest operating environment possible. Through our partnership with DJI and other drone manufacturers and application developers, more than 70 percent of the drones operated in the United States now benefit from wildfire information in real time.”
“DJI wants to equip its customers with safety-critical information that will help our first responders, whether or not a TFR has been issued,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs. “This enhancement to GEO will help prevent DJI drones from inadvertently taking off within, or flying into, a wildfire location without authorization.”