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African Pilot’s July 2019 edition
The July edition of African Pilot featuring our annual Aviation Careers’ Guide as well as Flight Training Schools in southern Africa is printing. This edition provides matric students with the opportunity to review their options within the July school holidays. At the same time there is no point in publishing this type of information in November when learners are busy with their matric exams. This edition also carries a report on EBACE staged in Geneva, Switzerland between 21 and 23 May 2019 as well as the brilliant Botswana, Matsieng airshow.
African Pilot’s August 2019 edition
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SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
What happened in aviation over the past week?
Absolute Aviation Cessna Citation hand over
On Thursday evening Absolute Aviation staged the hand over of a brand new Cessna Citation M2 business Jet to MackAir at its south side Charter hangar. What an evening to remember, which for me was one of the finest aviation events I have been privileged to attend in recent years. The Absolute Aviation Group is fast becoming Africa’s largest aviation company, whilst at the same time the group’s visibility at all media levels has been outstanding. The full report with pictures will be featured within the August edition of African Pilot.
Reduce General Aviation accidents vision 2020 to 2025 a SACAA initiative
On Wednesday26 June I attended the morning session of a SACAA meeting called by Johan Lottering entitled ‘Reduce the General Aviation accident rate 2020 – 25. Although more than 70 prominent persons in aviation were invited only about 22 pitched up and of these sadly only one flying school owner was present. Thanks for including African Pilot in this initiative which is long overdue and hopefully the management of the regulator will take this matter seriously in the coming years. More about this in the August edition of African Pilot.
Goodyear Eagles – 10 years
On Saturday Christine and I spent the afternoon with the Goodyear Eagles Pitts Special formation aerobatics team at Rand Airport. Fortunately one of Eagles ferry pilots and a Mango Airlines pilot, Keagan Bell was able to take the controls of my Cessna 182 ZS ILD so that I could take the air-to-air pictures out of the modified left window. What an incredible afternoon we spent with our wonderful aviation friends and all the very best to the Goodyear Eagles Pitts Special team who have had this sponsorship for the past decade. This story will appear in the August edition of African Pilot.
Share the rush with Jason Beamish
Absolute Aviation started an on-line competition for a ride with Jason Beamish in his dual seat Extra 330 and three names were drawn. I spent Sunday morning with the Absolute Aviation team and their guests as Jason took each person for the ride of their lives to an area outside the TMA near Hartebeespoort Dam so that they could see the world from a rather different perspective. This story will also appear in the August edition of African Pilot.
What is scheduled for the next few weeks?
African Pilot’s 2019 calendar
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4 to 6 July
AERO South Africa Wonderboom National Airport, Pretoria
Amanda Dube e-mail: Amanda.Dube@za.messefrankfurt.com +27 10 599 6170
80+ Exhibitors, 10+ Workshops and the latest technologies in the general aviation industry. Africa’s first General Aviation show, AERO South Africa, happens this week. Featuring local and international expert speakers as well as the latest products and services available to the South African market, the show is set to be one of the leading industry showcases on the continent.
Workshop speakers will tackle hot topics that are set to highlight the direction of general aviation in South Africa. Gain expert knowledge from speakers such as Garmir da Costa, Sales manager of Bose in India who will be discussing comfort, noise reduction, clear communication and why this is crucial for safe flight operations. Wolfgang Oestreich, Manager of Pilot Support team EMEA, discussing the Future of Flight Planning. Rob Jonkers, Vice Chairman at The Aero Club of South Africa helping you understand the role of The Aero Club of South Africa supporting recreational Aviation.
CAASA AGM at CAASA House Lanseria International Airport
Contact Tel: 011 659 2345 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
12 to 14 July
Taildraggers Fly-In at Nylstroom
Contact Richard Nicholson Cell: 082 490 6227 e-mail: email@example.com
SAPFA Hoedspruit Fun Rally Hoedspruit Civil Airfield
Contact Frank Eckard cell: 083 269 1516 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
22 to 28 July
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Camping on the airfield contact Neil Bowden E-mail: email@example.com
Hotels in Appleton contact Calvin Fabig E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Action, education, entertainment and everything in between makes EAA AirVenture Oshkosh your perfect, affordable northern hemisphere summer destination! For seven days from sunrise to well past sunset, your Oshkosh day is filled with dazzling displays of aerobatics, informative programmes and hands-on workshops, diverse aircraft spanning all eras of flight, concerts to keep you rocking into the night and much, much more. Fun for the whole family that you will only find in Oshkosh is waiting for you at the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration!
25 to 27 July
SAPFA Air Navigation Race (ANR) Nationals at Brits airfield
Contact Frank Eckard e-mail: email@example.com cell: 083 269 1516
3 & 4 August
SAC KZN Regionals Ladysmith airfield
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
21 to 31 August
SAC Unlimited World Championships in France
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Contact Stephan Fourie e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
26 to 28 August
Commercial Aviation Symposium Africa Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
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SAPFA Grand Central Fun Rally – Grand Central Airport
Contact Rob Jonkers cell: 082 804 7032 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vans RV Fly-in to Kitty Hawk
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25 to 26 September
MEBAA show Morocco Marrakech Menara Airport, Morocco
Contact Matthew Cunliffe Tel: +971 4 603 3323 Cell +971 56 171 5734
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mebaamorocco.aero
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Air Tanzania returns to OR Tambo International Airport after 10 years
Air Tanzania will operate four direct flights a week on a Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday directly to the Tanzanian capital of Dar es Salaam. Air Tanzania will operate two types of aircraft on the route, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 240 seats and an Airbus A220 with 120 seats. In the region of 48 000 South African business and adventure travellers that visit Tanzania annually. The Tanzania Tourist Board believes this figure can be boosted with greater connectivity between the two countries.
Morocco requests $250 million F-16 sustainment contract
On 27 June the US State Department said it had approved the possible foreign military sale, with Congress notified of the possible deal, which would include spares, training and logistics support.
The request covers F-16 support equipment, spares and repair parts; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documentation; munitions support equipment (for AMRAAM, CMBRE, JDAM, PAVEWAY) and support and test equipment, amongst others. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin.
The request for F-16 sustainment comes after in March this year Morocco requested an additional batch of F-16s from the United States and upgrades to its existing fleet. On 25 March the US State Department said it had made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of 25 F-16C/D Block 72 aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.787 billion. The Moroccan request included 29 Pratt & Whitney F100-229 engines; 26 APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars; 26 Link-16 Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems; 40 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS); 30 M61 Vulcan 20mm Guns; 40 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM); three GBU-38/54 JDAM Tail Kits; 50 Paveway II guided bombs, and 60 GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bombs (SDB I). At the same time as the request for 25 new fighters, Morocco requested upgrades to its 23 existing F-16s, which would bring them to F-16V standard at a cost of $985.2 million. Congress was also notified of the possible sale on 22 March.
In December 2009 Morocco placed an $841.9 million contract with Lockheed Martin for 18 single-seat F-16Cs and six two-seat F-16Ds. These were delivered between August 2011 and August 2012. They have received some upgrades over the years, including AN/ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS) systems from Harris Corporation.
Morocco’s F-16s are equipped with a variety of extra equipment, including Lockheed Martin Sniper targeting pods, Goodrich DB-110 airborne reconnaissance pods and Raytheon’s Advanced Countermeasures Electronic System (ACES). Armament includes AIM-9X Block II Sidewinders with lock on after launch capability, AGM-65D Maverick air-to-surface missiles and Enhanced GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided bomb kits.
Morocco’s F-16s are deployed at Ben Guerir Air Base north of Marrakech. Since entering service they have been used to strike Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria from late 2014 and have been used to strike Houthi targets in Yemen as part of the Saudi-led coalition there. One was lost in a crash in Yemen in May 2015 due to apparent technical failure.
Canada withdrawing from UN mission in Mali
Canada will be withdrawing from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali (Minusma) at the end of July, but will keep some troops and helicopters in the West African country until September.
In July 2018, Canada joined 56 other UN Member States as a contributor to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) to provide medical evacuation by air of injured personnel, supply transport and logistics support. Since then, the men and women deployed under Operation Presence – Mali have conducted 10 medical evacuations. Canadian helicopters have accumulated more than 3 000 flying hours, transported more than 6 400 passengers and delivered more than 168 000 kg of cargo.
In anticipation of the arrival in Mali of a Romanian helicopter rotation this year, Canada is confirming that the Air Task Force (ATF) will begin its gradual departure at the end of July and its operations will be gradually scaled down and limited to medical evacuation tasks until 31 August. Canada will until then keep 170 personnel, two Chinooks and four Griffon helicopters in Mali. A total of 250 personnel and eight helicopters (three CH-147F Chinooks and five CH-146 Griffons) were deployed.
A small Canadian Air Force transition team will be deployed to assist Romania in its preparations to commence operations and Canada has offered to provide four C-17 aircraft flights to assist Romania to deploy their personnel and equipment to theatre. This approach will minimise disruption in the availability of critical capabilities to MINUSMA forces. Romania’s peacekeeping detachment will include 120 personnel and four IAR 330 Puma helicopters. In mid-June a Romanian liaison team was in Mali preparing for the handover.
Paramount providing dog training to Nigerian Air Force
Paramount K9 Solutions has started training personnel from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), who will graduate as specialised Canine Unit operatives. Paramount said the training, which began this week in South Africa, will enhance the NAF’s special operations, explosive ordinance detection (EOD) and narcotics detection capabilities. The Special Operations training will cover tracking, rappelling, waterman-ship and other special terrain exercises, meant to equip operatives with the skills necessary to execute a variety of missions alongside the NAF Special Forces (SF). Through these exercises, K-9 Units will also become parts of SF Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), where their skills would be used to rescue downed aircrew in conflict zones and other high-risk environments.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
FAA identifies additional issues with 737 MAX MCAS software
In a statement posted to the FAA website, the agency said it is following a thorough process, not a prescribed timeline, for returning the Boeing 737 MAX to passenger service. The FAA will lift the aircraft’s prohibition order when it is deemed safe to do so. The agency says it will continue to evaluate Boeing’s software modification to the MCAS and it is still developing necessary training requirements. The agency is also are responding to recommendations received from the Technical Advisory Board (TAB). The TAB is an independent review panel we have asked to review our work regarding 737 MAX return to service.
Boeing released a statement saying the FAA identified an additional requirement that it has asked the company to address through the software changes that the company has been developing for the past eight months. The FAA review and process for returning the 737 MAX to passenger service are designed to result in a thorough and comprehensive assessment. “Boeing agrees with the FAA’s decision and request, and is working on the required software. Addressing this condition will reduce pilot workload by accounting for a potential source of uncommanded stabiliser motion. Boeing will not offer the 737 MAX for certification by the FAA until we have satisfied all requirements for certification of the MAX and its safe return to service,” the company says.
Pilots launch class action suit over MAX
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that a class action suit by more than 400 pilots has been launched against Boeing because of the 737 MAX grounding. The pilots allege an ‘unprecedented cover-up’ of ‘known design flaws’ in the MAX, which have caused them monetary loss and mental distress. The pilots in the suit are all qualified in the MAX and their case hinges on the allegation that Boeing did not tell them about the Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), which is implicated in the crash of two airliners and the loss of 346 lives. According to the network, the suit was filed in Chicago, where Boeing has its headquarters and a hearing date has been set for 21 October. The pilots allege they ‘suffer and continue to suffer significant lost wages, among other economic and non-economic damages’ and that this also causing personal problems and undue stress. The pilots allege MCAS made the aircraft dangerous because it took data from a single source to trigger its activation and that Boeing didn’t let pilots know how to deal with a failure of the system.
AW169 helicopter enters European crew change offshore market
Recently Leonardo signed a contract for two AW169 light intermediate helicopters with helicopter service provider NHV Group. The aircraft, expected to be delivered between 2019 and 2020, will be used by NHV to perform offshore transport operations in the UK and North Sea area. This latest order brings the total number of AW169s purchased by NHV Group to five, with the first three aircraft already in service in Norway for harbour pilot shuttle duties with NHV’s subsidiary Airlift AS. The contract also marks the entry of the new generation AW169 helicopter type into the European crew change offshore market following the rapidly growing success for emergency medical service and VIP/corporate and private transport. With offshore and onshore operations in Europe and West Africa, NHV Group delivers a range of services including Oil & Gas support, EMS/SAR, transport and aerial works. Already being an established AW139 operator for longer range and higher capacity offshore missions, with the AW169 NHV Group is now expanding its fleet of Leonardo helicopters supporting the Oil and Gas industry with latest generation technology.
The only new generation light intermediate twin engine helicopter in the market in nearly 40 years, the AW169 design and versatility is demonstrating extremely successful across geographies with orders for over 200 units from more than 80 customers in over 30 nations to date. More than 70 aircraft are in service worldwide. In Northern Europe, in addition to passenger transport and rescue tasks, the AW169 has also been chosen for windfarm support and law enforcement.
ATR announces 75 new orders at Paris airshow
Regional aircraft manufacturer ATR racked up a total of 75 order commitments, including 35 firm orders from NAC disclosed on June 18, during the 53rd International Paris airshow. The total value of the deals reaches $1.7 billion and shows ATR is well on track to achieve its order targets for 2019, according to the plane maker. These commitments include 17 orders for the new ATR 42-600S – the Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) variant of the ATR 42, offering optimised capabilities to take-off from and land on runways as short as 800 meters. ATR has announced three launch customers for this new version, including Air Tahiti, Elix Aviation and one undisclosed customer. ATR is currently finalising the process for the official launch of this new 42-600 variant and received authorisation to take in orders for the aircraft, subject to the final confirmation for launch from the company’s Board of Directors, expected before year end.
These commercial results are also further proof of the efficiency of the turboprop technology, which ensures the enduring appeal of the ATR aircraft, which have the best environmental credentials on the regional market. The ATR 72-600 has a strong environmental advantage compared with regional jets, in that it emits 40% less CO2, enabling savings of 4,000 metric tons of CO2 per aircraft per year.
Embraer announces KLM’s intention to purchase 35 E195-E2 jets
At the Paris airshow Embraer announced, KLM Cityhopper’s intention to purchase up to 35 E195-E2 jets, 15 firm orders with purchase rights for a further 20 aircraft of the same model. This intention, which still requires a purchase agreement, has a value of $2.48 billion based on Embraer’s current list prices. The order will be added to Embraer’s backlog as soon as a firm contract is completed.
With a fleet of 49 E-Jets, KLM is already the largest Embraer operator in Europe and adding KLM to the E2 family of operators would be a huge vote of confidence in Embraer. The aircraft uses 30% less fuel per seat compared to KLM Cityhopper’s current E190s and in terms of aircraft noise, the aircraft is the quietest in its class both internally for passengers by a significant margin. The economic and environmental performance of the aircraft makes the E195-E2 the ideal aircraft for growing KLM’s European business and supporting their hub-and-spoke operation, complementing the mainline fleet.
NASA conducts RJ crashworthiness test
Last week NASA and the FAA dropped a 33,000-pound Fokker F28 regional jet from more than 150 feet in the air as part of a crashworthiness test. Along for the ride were 24 crash dummies, designed to mimic a range of individuals from a three-year-old child to a 273-pound adult. In addition to helping the FAA develop guidance on how to determine aircraft crashworthiness and gathering data on how the cabin interior and occupants are affected in an accident, the agency says test results will ‘support the development of a new performance based rule that will simplify the certification process by eliminating or minimising the use of special conditions to certify aircraft.’
The test took place at the Landing and Impact Research Facility at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The aircraft was rigged with high-definition and high-speed cameras and painted with hundreds of black dots. “Specialised cameras tracked each dot so we can track the motion of any deformation of the aircraft,” said Langley’s structural dynamics branch head Martin Annett. “Once all dot locations are computed, the entirety of the airframe deformation can be displayed and examined.”
After the drop, the National Transportation Safety Board conducted dimensional scans of the aircraft “to compare its pre- and post-test structure.” NASA purchased the aircraft used in the test in 2000 after it retired from service with Canadian Regional Airlines. Once generated, test reports will be made available to the public.
Delta Air Lines places an order for five additional A220 aircraft
Delta Air Lines has ordered five additional A220-100 aircraft, bringing to 95 the total number of orders placed, including both the A220-100s and A220-300s. The airline is the first to select the new increased maximum take-off weight option for its entire fleet from 2020. In May Airbus announced that it would increase the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) for the A220 by 2.3 metric tons. The new MTOW will increase the respective maximum range capabilities by 450nm to 3,400 nm for the A220-100 and 3,350nm for the A220-300. Delta was the US launch customer for the A220, placing an initial order for 75 aircraft in 2016 and booking an additional 15 in December 2018. With this latest order, Delta’s orders total 45 A220-100s and 50 A220-300s.
Daher, Airbus and Safran team up to develop EcoPulse
As part of their innovation strategies, Daher, Airbus and Safran have announced a collaborative partnership for the design and development of the wing-mounted EcoPulse distributed hybrid propulsion demonstrator with a maiden flight scheduled in 2022. Based on Daher’s TBM platform, this project, kick-started by CORAC (the French Civil Aviation Research Council) with support from DGAC (the French Civil Aviation Authority), will develop technologies that boost the environmental efficiency of aircraft and meet the future needs of the air travel industry.
The aviation industry as a whole is committed to the development of cleaner aviation. “Reducing the environmental impact of aircraft is a priority for the industry as a whole. So it is with enthusiasm and determination that we welcome the opportunity to be part of this unique partnership alongside Airbus and Safran to succeed in the ambitious challenge set by CORAC. We are determined to make it a distinctive feature of the French aviation industry, and are certain that all stakeholders will unite around it,” said Nicolas Orance, SVP Aerospace and Defence BU at Daher.
RAF scrambles fighters to escort passenger jet back to London
The Royal Air Force scrambled two fighter jets Saturday to escort a Jet2 airliner back to London after the crew reported a ‘extremely disruptive passenger’ on board. The passenger, identified as a 25-year-old woman, was arrested when the airplane landed. CNN reports that the flight had departed London Stansted Airport en route to Dalaman in southwest Turkey. The RAF jets were sent to intercept the passenger plane about 20 minutes into its flight. An Essex Police spokeswoman said that the passenger had been arrested ‘on suspicion of two assaults and endangering an aircraft.’
A Jet2 spokeswoman said in a statement to CNN that the airline was ‘aware of an incident regarding an extremely disruptive passenger on a flight from Stansted to Dalaman’ on Saturday. ‘The aircraft has returned safely and we are liaising with the relevant authorities to support their investigation.’ The RAF jets were identified as being Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. Several residents of the nearby town of Bishops Stortford called an emergency phone number reporting they heard sounds like explosions about the time of the incident. Essex police said it was likely those sounds were sonic booms generated by the Typhoons as the descended into Stansted airspace.
Issues NPRM to clarify ‘inconsistent’ rules
The FAA has issued a notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM) to remove regulatory inconsistencies that have caused misunderstandings over the fact that medical certificates are not required for check pilots and instructors at commercial operations who perform their functions in aircraft, as long as they are not serving as part of a required flight crew.
National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) chairman John Niehaus said in a statement posted on the NAFI website that current regulations are contradictory. For example, FAR 135.338(b)(5) states that flight instructors (aircraft) must hold at least a third-class medical certificate. However, FAR 135.338(e) states that an airman who does not hold a medical certificate may serve as a flight instructor in an aircraft if functioning as a non-required crew-member. According to the FAA, this confusion has unnecessarily limited airmen to conducting check pilot functions in flight simulation training devices. Changes are also proposed for similar contradictions in Part 121.
Requiring a medical certificate for check pilots and flight instructors who are not serving as required flight crew-members is an ‘unnecessary burden,’ the FAA said. ‘Moreover, there has been no degradation in the safe operation of aircraft resulting from the current application of the regulations during the estimated eight years the agency has allowed eligible check airmen and flight instructors to serve without medical certificates if not serving as required crew-members.’
H55 zero emission electric airplane completes first flight
Powered by H55’s electric propulsion system and manufactured by BRM Aero, the Bristell Energic is a two-seat fully electric airplane to be used for pilot training and flight schools. For H55 this is a stepping stone for the development of electric propulsion systems designed for VTOLs and flying taxis. H55 develops certified electric propulsion solutions to enable the next aviation revolution. The company focuses on the entire propulsion chain, to be certified CS 23, starting from the energy source and its management, through thrust and power, to pilot interface and control systems. Through its close and long standing collaboration with regulatory authorities, including the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation, H55 leverages certification as an important source of innovation.
This electric flight trainer airplane has received considerable interest from flight schools, airport resident associations and aviation authorities. The Bristell Energic offers a solution which is clean, quiet, cost efficient and safe. The airplane has an endurance of 1.5 hours, providing 45-60 minutes of mission flight with enough reserves, a typical training program for flight schools. BRM Aero is becoming a major airplane manufacturer in the growing trainer market. The company’s Founder and CEO, Milan Bristell sees continued growth as “the emergence of civil aviation in large markets such as China and India requires pilot training with a real flight trainer with a maximum take off weight equal to or above 750 KG. The market is impatient for an electric airplane and our goal at Bristell is to be able to respond to this with a flight trainer which is clean, quiet and affordable to operate.”
DJI creates high-security solution for government drone programmes
DJI is introducing ‘DJI Government Edition’, a new comprehensive drone solution created specifically for use in high-security situations by government agencies around the world. While DJI customers have always had full control over how the data they generate with drones is collected, stored and transmitted, Government Edition’s unique architecture ensures that drone data – including photos and videos captured during flight – never leave the drone and therefore can never be shared with unauthorised parties including DJI. This architecture ensures Government Edition meets the stringent requirements of the government sector for data management, risk mitigation and enterprise-level data sharing control.
“DJI Government Edition allows government agencies to serve the public more efficiently and effectively using the industry’s most widely-adopted drone technology, while maintaining total control over their data,” said Mario Rebello, Vice President and Regional Manager of North America at DJI. “This is DJI’s most secure drone solution to-date because it prevents users from accidentally or even intentionally transferring data off of the drone to other parties. By incorporating these assurances into its architecture, the Government Edition solution meets the rigorous data security expectations of government agencies, and provides them the safety, reliability and ease of operation that DJI’s products are respected for by commercial drone pilots around the world.”
Government Edition empowers government agencies around the world to benefit from DJI’s civilian drone technology for use cases like agricultural analysis and infrastructure inspections to public land management and disaster response. DJI developed the solution to meet the needs of the US Department of the Interior Office of Aviation Services, which operated more than 10,000 drone flights in 2018 alone. Government Edition drones were used in over 1,500 of those missions and their security has been validated through multiple audits performed by DJI’s external and internal partners.
The Government Edition solution is based on DJI’s industry-leading drone hardware and is controlled by custom device firmware and operational software in a unique architecture that supports the highest data security requirements:
No Data Transmission – A permanently enabled Local Data Mode within the custom DJI Pilot application prevents data transfer from the mobile application over the internet to third parties or to DJI.
Firmware Update Reviews – Government agency aviation and IT departments can review firmware updates in electronic isolation before applying them to their fleets, and have full control over how to validate them and when to install them on DJI drones.
Restricted Hardware Pairing – Drones and remote controllers running Government Edition solution firmware can only be linked with each other and are not compatible with other DJI products, preventing the use of unsecure hardware and unauthorised third-party applications.
“Government Edition allows us to tell our clients that all of their telemetry data, meaning where their drone is flying, is stored securely and not shared with anyone but them,” said Brandon Torres Declet, CEO and Co-Founder at Measure. “Having Government Edition will allow us more control over that process and avoiding automatic firmware updates that can potentially impact our operation schedule is important; it is also important to government customers.”
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