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Kelisko
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I previously got confronted to the restricted zone dilemma. I was having my white bird follow me along our ocean road.
Suddenly, it stopped and I lost it. I stopped the car but I was unable to locate it in the air. I later realized by watching the footage that it moved away from the authorization zone a few feet and waited. It finally returned to the home location. I drove back and was lucky to get there as it was landing because of critical battery level.

Here is the footage. You will see the reaction of the Mavic Air towards the end of the video.



8-25 08:09
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Hi, thanks for sharing your work with us. The Intelligent flight modes would not support restricted or No fly zone areas. You may check our geo-zone map for restricted area wherein you could possibly unlock depending on the level of restrictions. Please refer to the link below. Thank you for your support.

https://www.dji.com/flysafe/geo-map
8-25 08:15
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DJI Tony Posted at 8-25 08:15
Hi, thanks for sharing your work with us. The Intelligent flight modes would not support restricted or No fly zone areas. You may check our geo-zone map for restricted area wherein you could possibly unlock depending on the level of restrictions. Please refer to the link below. Thank you for your support.

https://www.dji.com/flysafe/geo-map

That is correct. I contacted DJI support and they were very helpful. I only was able to learn how to unlock an authorization zone today. I appreciate your suggestion
8-25 08:22
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Kelisko Posted at 8-25 08:22
That is correct. I contacted DJI support and they were very helpful. I only was able to learn how to unlock an authorization zone today. I appreciate your suggestion

Thanks for giving us an update and we're glad that you've managed to fix the situation. Should you have further concerns, please let us know. Cheers!
8-26 14:06
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I've only encountered 1 incident where I was flying one day in a completely opposite direction, as soon as I entered the restricted area the drone just hovered in front of the imaginary wall. I had no control of the drone upon pushing the right stick forward. You hear a military female voice with alert sounds, it is a little scary but in the situation you have to keep your cool so you can formulate a plan. I immediately pulled the stick backward full pitch and landed the drone without incident.
8-26 19:39
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David Martin Graff Posted at 8-26 19:39
I've only encountered 1 incident where I was flying one day in a completely opposite direction, as soon as I entered the restricted area the drone just hovered in front of the imaginary wall. I had no control of the drone upon pushing the right stick forward. You hear a military female voice with alert sounds, it is a little scary but in the situation you have to keep your cool so you can formulate a plan. I immediately pulled the stick backward full pitch and landed the drone without incident.

The imaginary wall analogy describes what happens perfectly.
8-27 00:59
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David Martin Graff Posted at 8-26 19:39
I've only encountered 1 incident where I was flying one day in a completely opposite direction, as soon as I entered the restricted area the drone just hovered in front of the imaginary wall. I had no control of the drone upon pushing the right stick forward. You hear a military female voice with alert sounds, it is a little scary but in the situation you have to keep your cool so you can formulate a plan. I immediately pulled the stick backward full pitch and landed the drone without incident.

Interesting! Your description matches perfectly what happened to me. In my case however, I was in tracking mode and I was driving. I was unable to stop the car where the event occurred so I had to drive a little further. I properly parked the car, got out and ran back but signal was lost and I could not see my white bird in the air. The RTH function is a life safer. I would recommend to never deactivate it in the settings and to always take off in a safe location where there's no people at all OR where there are trusted people waiting for the drone to return in case you lost control. I learnt my lesson.
8-27 06:27
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David Martin Graff Posted at 8-26 19:39
I've only encountered 1 incident where I was flying one day in a completely opposite direction, as soon as I entered the restricted area the drone just hovered in front of the imaginary wall. I had no control of the drone upon pushing the right stick forward. You hear a military female voice with alert sounds, it is a little scary but in the situation you have to keep your cool so you can formulate a plan. I immediately pulled the stick backward full pitch and landed the drone without incident.

That is encouraging to read as I've read a few threads where the drone just lands upon entering an NFZ and there is nothing the pilot can do to stop it - if it now just stops, hovers and RTH then that is a much safer procedure and one less likely for someone to lose their drone whilst not flying into a red area.
8-27 07:09
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DAFlys Posted at 8-27 00:59
The imaginary wall analogy describes what happens perfectly.

8-27 11:06
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A J Posted at 8-27 07:09
That is encouraging to read as I've read a few threads where the drone just lands upon entering an NFZ and there is nothing the pilot can do to stop it - if it now just stops, hovers and RTH then that is a much safer procedure and one less likely for someone to lose their drone whilst not flying into a red area.

Yes, I've accidentally entered 2 NFZ's near my house, believe it or not I have 3 airports surrounding me, and I constantly watch for planes and helicopters in the air.

I had one close call with a commercial airliner, when I was flying my Mavic Pro and it was early in the morning on a Sunday where I was photographing someone's house and I took off at a much lower altitude and gave the drone some up pitch to see how  the property looked from high above.

We had no idea that I was on top of a commercial airliner when the Mavic Pro had the gimbal pointing straight down when all of a sudden we saw on the video that the Mavic Pro caught a commercial airliner flying low directly right below and past it and it was right over the house where the pilot must have been flying below 400 feet to taxi into the airport?

I would have attached the video but too concerned about having it go viral. If you were personally with me I'd play it for you and it is amazing how close that airliner came to squashing the Mavic Pro into smithereens. I doubt there would have been any risk to that airliner having seen the video it flew below at a blazing speed, the Mavic Pro wouldn't have known what hit it and doubtful anyone on the plane would even have heard it too..I'm not concerned about Jumbo airliners at risk of a flying drone, they are plastic and weigh hardly anything and remember high up above the air has large pockets of gases that weigh in aggregate more than a Mavic Pro and planes collide into them frequently and noone ever is aware of these collisions that's because those pockets of large gases have no effect on a jumbo airliner or anything that weighs in the tons...
8-27 13:31
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David Martin Graff Posted at 8-27 13:31
Yes, I've accidentally entered 2 NFZ's near my house, believe it or not I have 3 airports surrounding me, and I constantly watch for planes and helicopters in the air.

I had one close call with a commercial airliner, when I was flying my Mavic Pro and it was early in the morning on a Sunday where I was photographing someone's house and I took off at a much lower altitude and gave the drone some up pitch to see how  the property looked from high above.

Close shave mate - definitely best to keep that video to yourself
8-27 15:04
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I once was driving and my girlfriend was holding the RC for me, with the drone hovering the car in tracking mode, with the car at low speeds. I did everything right, including the change in the lost signal option from RTH to Hover (I believe it's safer). However, I had a max distance limitation of 4000m or so and once I have driven those 4km, the drone stopped moving. I was a little confused in the beggining, but parked the car in a safe place and got out to take the drone down and land it. I later came to the conclusion that it was not a restricted zone as suspected, but only the max distance limitation that was set up at DJI GO 4 app.

Is there any chance this was the real reason why your drone stopped moving?
8-27 20:40
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David Martin Graff Posted at 8-27 13:31
Yes, I've accidentally entered 2 NFZ's near my house, believe it or not I have 3 airports surrounding me, and I constantly watch for planes and helicopters in the air.

I had one close call with a commercial airliner, when I was flying my Mavic Pro and it was early in the morning on a Sunday where I was photographing someone's house and I took off at a much lower altitude and gave the drone some up pitch to see how  the property looked from high above.

Wow! That was indeed a close call. I have chills only by picturing what you described.
8-28 07:12
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A J Posted at 8-27 07:09
That is encouraging to read as I've read a few threads where the drone just lands upon entering an NFZ and there is nothing the pilot can do to stop it - if it now just stops, hovers and RTH then that is a much safer procedure and one less likely for someone to lose their drone whilst not flying into a red area.

In most of my DC-area RFZ experiences, the "invisible wall" worked as described above. But in a couple cases where I flew at the very edge of the zone, my Mavic Pro found itself inside the zone and started landing immediately.

I think this was once because of a temporary GPS accuracy fluctuation in a higher wind environment, and the other time I likely took off before getting a good GPS lock.
8-28 07:23
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Scuderia Rimoli Posted at 8-27 20:40
I once was driving and my girlfriend was holding the RC for me, with the drone hovering the car in tracking mode, with the car at low speeds. I did everything right, including the change in the lost signal option from RTH to Hover (I believe it's safer). However, I had a max distance limitation of 4000m or so and once I have driven those 4km, the drone stopped moving. I was a little confused in the beggining, but parked the car in a safe place and got out to take the drone down and land it. I later came to the conclusion that it was not a restricted zone as suspected, but only the max distance limitation that was set up at DJI GO 4 app.

Is there any chance this was the real reason why your drone stopped moving?

In my case I was indeed about to enter an authorization zone, the blue zone.

Here is the Fly Safe Geo Zone Map



Here is the path I took and where exactly the drone stopped and moved away.

8-28 07:28
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Ex Machina Posted at 8-28 07:23
In most of my DC-area RFZ experiences, the "invisible wall" worked as described above. But in a couple cases where I flew at the very edge of the zone, my Mavic Pro found itself inside the zone and started landing immediately.

I think this was once because of a temporary GPS accuracy fluctuation in a higher wind environment, and the other time I likely took off before getting a good GPS lock.

That explains it - thanks
8-28 07:45
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OMG it is a free for all on these streets. How do people not get killed or injured. WOW
8-30 10:31
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