The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has banned various DJI drones from flights over human beings as investigations are carried out into the reason for some fashions falling out of the sky. Matrice 200 sequence fashions and the Encourage 2 have had momentary flying restrictions utilized to them as they use the DJI TB50 and TB55 battery packs which are suspected of failing mid-flight.

The authority states that “a small variety of incidents have been not too long ago reported the place the plane has suffered a whole lack of energy throughout flight, regardless of indications that there was ample battery time nonetheless remaining.” Whereas the drones in these incidents themselves have suffered harm from the incidents no third-party individuals or property has been affected in consequence.

The reason for the fault stays unclear in the meanwhile, and never all of those fashions of drone appear to endure from it, however investigators consider the frequent hyperlink is the batteries in use. DJI itself is advising clients to ‘fly with warning’ when utilizing drones that use these batteries because it says they’ll present incorrect energy ranges. The corporate suggests customers comply with the steerage of the CAA ‘out of an abundance of warning’, and say they’re engaged on firmware to repair the issue.

Along with the momentary ban on flights over individuals the CAA has additionally suspended permissions to fly these fashions:

  • over or inside 150 metres of any congested space;
  • inside 50 metres of any individuals;
  • inside 50 metres of any, vessel, automobile or construction which isn’t below the management of the SUA Operator or distant pilot of the SUA;
  • over or inside 150 metres of an open air meeting of greater than 1,000 individuals; or
  • utilizing EVLOS

DJI appears to have suspended gross sales on its web site of the Matrice 200 sequence fashions. For extra data see the DJI newsroom, and the CAA web site.

CAA Security Discover:

Civil Aviation Authority
SAFETY NOTICE
Quantity: SN–2018/009

Small Unmanned Plane

Issued: 31 October 2018

DJI Battery TB50 and TB55 In-Flight Energy Failures

This Security Discover comprises suggestions concerning operational security.
Recipients should make sure that this Discover is copied to all members of their employees who must take acceptable motion or who could have an curiosity within the data (together with any ‘in-house’ or contracted upkeep organisations and related outdoors contractors).

2 Introduction
2.1 This Security Discover supersedes and revokes Security Discover SN–2018/008.

2.2 This Security Discover applies to operators of multi-rotor small unmanned plane utilising DJI battery mannequin TB50 or TB55, together with all DJI Matrice 200 sequence (which incorporates the 200, 210 and 210 RTK platforms) and the DJI Encourage 2 (the “Affected SUA”).

2.Three A small variety of incidents have been not too long ago reported the place the plane has suffered a whole lack of energy throughout flight, regardless of indications that there was ample battery time nonetheless remaining. In every case, this resulted within the plane falling on to the bottom as a result of instant lack of raise with the distant pilot unable to manage its subsequent flight path. The small unmanned plane have been broken upon affect, however the CAA has not acquired any experiences of accidents to individuals or different property.

2.Four Investigation by the producer has confirmed that this situation just isn’t confined to any particular firmware model and is regarded as associated to the batteries TB50 and TB55. The total particulars of the occurrences are nonetheless being investigated.

2.5 The aim of this Security Discover is to spotlight the requirement for the SUA operator and/or distant pilot to be moderately happy that the flight will be safely made (Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO) article 94(2)), prohibit overflight of individuals at any peak and to briefly restrict the scope of any operational authorisations issued to operators of the Affected SUA.

Civil Aviation Authority Security Discover SN–2018/009

Three Compliance/Motion to be Taken
3.1 This Security Discover requires the next actions to be taken:

a) Provisional Suspension of Operations

i) In accordance with Air Navigation Order article 257 and 257(2)(c) operators of Affected SUA are hereby directed to not allow any flight that entails overflight of any individuals at any peak till additional discover.

ii) In accordance with Air Navigation Order article 253, any component of a permission based mostly on an Operational Security Case (OSC), issued by the CAA to an SUA operator which allows the operation of an Affected SUA to be operated:

* over or inside 150 metres of any congested space;
* inside 50 metres of any individuals;
* inside 50 metres of any, vessel, automobile or construction which isn’t below the management of the SUA Operator or distant pilot of the SUA;
* over or inside 150 metres of an open air meeting of greater than 1,000 individuals; or
* utilizing EVLOS

is provisionally suspended till additional discover.

iii) These limitations will likely be topic to common evaluate. As quickly as additional updates have been obtained from the producer, and the CAA is happy that this has been addressed in a passable method, the CAA will then situation an extra replace by way of the SkyWise alerts portal on the CAA web site.

b) Emergency Providers Operations

i) As a result of distinctive nature of emergency providers operations, the privileges contained inside Common Exemption E 4506 (ORS4 No. 1233) could proceed to be exercised while utilizing the Affected SUA, offered that the potential dangers highlighted on this Security Discover have been thought of inside the determination to proceed and the overflight of uninvolved individuals is minimised.

Four Queries
4.1 Any queries or requests for additional steerage because of this communication must be addressed to the next e-mail handle: [email protected], with the topic line ‘Security Discover – DJI Battery TB50 and TB55 In-Flight Energy Failures’.

5 Cancellation
5.1 This Security Discover will stay in pressure till additional discover

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