A few days ago, I already wrote an article about our "Apple of the drone manufacturers", DJI and it's new no-fly zones. Now it's time to have a little more detailed look at their idea.
What DJI did was introduce no-fly zones of 8km (5 miles) around "major airports". I already noted, that their list includes "major" airports, such as Kuusamo, Finland (population 16177), Kittilä, Finland (population 6315) and even the closed and not even usable as emergency landing site due to used car lots on the runway, Raadi airfield at Tartu, Estonia.
Here is now a look at Finland and the impact of those no-fly zones (I couldn't resist to include Tartu, Estonia too). Finland is just an example for the consequences . In essence, especially in smaller towns with regional or local airfields which have only minimal movement and very often are used by local RC-clubs at the weekends, not only the (legal) use of the airfield is impossible but due to the unreasonable large zone, basically, operation in the whole town isn't possible.
Some people think, it's a good thing, but it is not. DJI's slogan is "The future of possible" and that is exactly what we see here - the future of possible censorship and taking away freedom. It started with the no-fly zone at Tienanmen Square, a little favor for the Chinese government, so drone-/citizen journalists can't capture nice images of the next massacre for the world to see. Now it's around (not so) major airports, but what is next? Governments adding more no-fly zones? Maybe a no-fly zone server, where a government can put a dynamic secret list to be updated on demand, e.g. when a bit stronger measures against a rally are planned? Or maybe just sell no-fly zones, so anybody with the right amount of money can buy one; such as some meat-processing company which would like to dump a few thousand liters blood and guts into the environment again - this time without being caught by a drone-hobbyist?
But, back to the topic... Here are maps (click to enlarge) of all Finnish no-fly zones (and Tartu), which show the real impact on the small towns, as I described earlier.