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Published on: August 5 2023 by pipiads

Hey guys, it's Billy here and I want to talk about the DJI Mavic Air 2 and its awesome feature called Air Sense. This system allows you to see the location of manned aircraft near your drone. Now, whether you have the Mavic Air 2 or not, it's important to know about this technology because it will likely be included in all future DJI drones.

So, let's start by understanding how Air Sense works. The Mavic Air 2 has an ADS-B receiver that picks up signals from an ADS-B transmitter in manned aircraft. This allows you to open the fly application on your mobile device and see the position of these aircraft in real time. It's important to note that your drone's location is not being broadcasted to others, so you have privacy.

I took a screen recording to show you how it works. When a manned aircraft approached my drone, I was prompted with a notification and the map started flashing an outline of orange. By tapping on the map, I could see the position of the aircraft in relation to my drone. It updated in real time, giving me a clear understanding of how to avoid a collision.

I really like how DJI integrated Air Sense into the existing map in the fly application. It makes it more powerful and valuable. However, there are some improvements that can be made. For example, it would be great to know the type of aircraft and its calibrated altitude.

Now, if you don't have a Mavic Air and still want to track manned aircraft, I recommend using the app Flightradar24. It shows the location, type, and altitude of most manned aircraft in real time.

In conclusion, Air Sense is a great feature for drone operators. It allows you to be aware of manned aircraft in your vicinity and take necessary precautions. It's not about limiting where you can fly, but rather ensuring safety. So, what do you think of Air Sense? Let me know in the comments below.

ADS-B for Drones: Why airplanes don’t always show up

Hey folks, Greg here from Pilot Institute. Today, I want to talk about a topic that's a little bit confusing: ADS-B. If you've never heard these letters before, then in this video, I'm going to talk about what ADS-B is and how it applies in aviation. Is this something that we should be wondering about for our drones? This is a drone/UAS specific video. Then, we'll talk about whether you have ADS-B on your drone and what it means. Should you be looking for it when you purchase your drone? Let's get to it!

- ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast)

- Device on board an aircraft that broadcasts location, altitude, and speed

- Purpose is to help other traffic in the area be aware of aircraft's movements

- Became a requirement for certain aircraft in 2020

Understanding ADS-B:

- ADS-B out: aircraft sends signals to others

- ADS-B in: aircraft receives signals from others

- Signals can be sent to a ground receiver or to another aircraft

- Aircraft without ADS-B may use a transponder instead

- Some aircraft may not have ADS-B or a transponder

Different Scenarios:

- Aircraft sends ADS-B signals to other aircraft or ground receiver

- Aircraft receives ADS-B signals and displays them in the cockpit

- Aircraft without ADS-B or transponder can only be located in 2D

- Location information may not be available if no ADS-B or transponder

Difference Between ADS-B In and ADS-B Out:

- ADS-B out: mandatory in most airspace

- ADS-B in: optional, receives ADS-B out signals

Exceptions to ADS-B Requirement:

- Government and military aircraft

- Aircraft not flying in specific airspace

Drones and ADS-B:

- Drones can only use ADS-B in, not ADS-B out

- FAA prohibits the use of ADS-B out for drones

- Remote ID, a similar technology, is not the same as ADS-B

Should You Buy a Drone with ADS-B In?

- Yes, it's a feature worth considering

- Both DJI and Autel have ADS-B receivers on some of their drones

- DJI plans to include ADS-B receivers in all their drones above 250 grams

- ADS-B is a technology that helps improve safety in aviation

- Drones can only receive ADS-B signals, not send them

- Look for drones with ADS-B receivers for added safety and awareness.


Hi everybody, welcome back to the channel! Today's video is all about the biggest and best safety feature for drones. I believe that every single drone, regardless of manufacturer, should have this feature. So let's get into it!

A short while ago, DJI launched a service called AirSense, which is available on some of their high-end drones. I previously did a video on AirSense when I got my DJI F2S, but I didn't have enough time to fully demonstrate how it works. One of my biggest regrets was not opening up the map to show its functionality properly.

Since then, DJI has released an update for AirSense on the DJI Air 2S. It's important to note that after the firmware update, you need to check your settings because AirSense may be turned off in the DJI Flight app. Simply go into the safety settings and turn AirSense back on.

Now, let's talk about what AirSense actually is. It's DJI's term for using ADS-B technology. Although the drone itself doesn't transmit ADS-B signals, it can receive them from other aircraft in the area that are transmitting them. However, not all planes have ADS-B technology, so it's crucial to be vigilant.

When it comes to low-flying aircraft, AirSense becomes extremely valuable. Regulations state that manned aircraft should fly at a minimum of 500 feet, while the maximum flight altitude for drones is 120 meters or 400 feet. There should always be a 100 feet area of separation between your drone and any manned aircraft. However, in certain situations, such as police helicopters or air ambulances, this separation can be compromised. This is where AirSense and ADS-B technology come into play.

Now, let's cut to the video and see AirSense in action. In the video, you'll notice that I received a notification about a manned aircraft nearby. I didn't even need to take off for this notification because the helicopter was already flying in the area. The notification appeared at the top of the screen, cautioning me to fly carefully.

In the bottom corner, there's a flashing icon indicating the presence of an aircraft nearby. If you click on that icon, a map will show the exact position of the manned aircraft. This allows you to see how far away you are from the aircraft and take avoiding action if necessary.

It's essential to understand that if you encounter a coast guard helicopter or any manned aircraft, it's not their responsibility to get out of your way. As the drone operator, it's your responsibility to ensure your drone is either on the ground or at a low altitude, far away from the manned aircraft.

I want to address a common misconception about increasing drone visibility with strobe lights. Strobes are not meant to increase visibility for other aircraft. Instead, they are there to help you see your drone and avoid other aircraft. So, it's important to place the strobes underneath, at the back, or at the front of the drone.

As the aircraft on the map starts to turn away, the notification will downgrade and eventually disappear completely. This technology is pre-installed on the DJI Air 2S for everyone. It was previously only enabled for users in North America, but now it's available to all Air 2S users worldwide.

In conclusion, I believe that every single drone should be equipped with AirSense or similar ADS-B technology. It's a powerful safety feature that can potentially save lives. I hope this short demo gave you a clear understanding of how AirSense works. Thank you for watching, and please consider subscribing for more videos on the DJI Air 2S and other drone advice. See you soon!

I lied! ADSB drone RC plane alarm with radarscope

Hey, welcome back to the channel! I'm back in the home studio doing some editing. The weather is about to get really bad, so I went out this morning for a quick fly. But what I want to talk about today is the new and improved ADS-B alarm. You've seen it before, but it's changed now.

Let me show you what it looks like with my camera. As you can see, there's a radar scope on there now. I mentioned earlier that I thought it would be a good idea to have this radar scope on the ADS-B alarm. At first, I was worried about getting feature creep, but on reflection, I realized that it's the best way to display the data.

The radar scope shows you a whole lot of stuff. It tells you how far away the aircraft is with those rings. Each ring represents five kilometers or three miles. So if the aircraft appears on the outside ring, it means it's nine miles away. And as it gets closer, you can see not only which direction it's coming from but also whether it's approaching or departing. Plus, you can see the call signs of any displayed aircraft on the radar scope.

This is a much better way to present the data than just a bunch of text. With the radar scope, you can see everything at a glance. It's so much simpler and easier to understand. I should have done this from the beginning! Whoever suggested the radar scope idea, thank you!

I went out to the airfield this morning to test it out, and it worked perfectly. When an aircraft came within 10 kilometers, the alarm started beeping. I tracked the aircraft as it flew directly overhead, and once it got 10 kilometers away, the alarm stopped. It was a smooth and efficient experience.

Now, I'm planning to include the radar scope version in the launch version of the ADS-B alarm. It's just so much better than the previous version. While I was recording this video, another aircraft came onto the ADS-B alarm. We are currently in an alarmed state because the aircraft is within five kilometers of the airfield.

I'm really impressed with how this system works. It's a lot simpler and easier to see what's going on. You can tell the direction, distance, and whether the aircraft is approaching or departing at a glance. This is what we need in aviation!

Speaking of aviation, it's interesting to note that there have been several recent collisions between manned aircraft. It's happening way too often, and people are getting injured. That's why I don't understand why manned aircraft don't have a collision avoidance system based on ADS-B. It's affordable and could save lives.

The reason we don't have these systems in manned aircraft is because of certification. It's a costly process, and the certification fees are putting a burden on the implementation of these safety systems. I believe that when lives are at stake, certification fees should be waived. We should prioritize safety over profit.

I'm also frustrated with the regulations in recreational flying. They demand that I have an observer when I'm flying FPV, even though no one has ever been killed or seriously injured as a result of recreational flying. Yet, every week, we hear about collisions between manned aircraft. It's time to reassess our priorities.

So, stay tuned for more updates on the ADS-B alarm. I'm working on a wiki and putting together all the necessary information for you to build your own. It's taking longer than expected, but it'll be worth it. Soon, you'll be able to have your own ADS-B alarm system.

Thanks for watching, and fly safe out there!

RemoteID and ADS-B for UAS - What you need to know

Today, I want to discuss the ATSB and remote ID for drones. These are terms that you may have heard before, but you might not know what they mean. So, let's dive in and learn about ATSB and remote ID, how they are used in the drone industry, and what we can expect in the future.

- ATSB and remote ID are important technologies in the drone industry.

- In this article, we will explore what these technologies are, who uses them, and how they benefit drone pilots.

- We will also discuss the future of ATSB and remote ID.

What is ATSB?

- ATSB stands for Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast.

- It was originally designed for manned aircraft pilots but has now been adapted for use in the drone industry.

- ATSB allows participating aircraft to share their altitude and position with other aircraft and air traffic controllers.

- This information is crucial for pilots to know where other aircraft are located and their flight direction.

Components of ATSB:

- ATSB consists of two components: ATSB-out and ATSB-in.

- ATSB-out broadcasts information from the aircraft to other aircraft and ground stations.

- ATSB-in receives and displays the information broadcasted by other aircraft or ground stations.

Mandatory for Manned Aircraft:

- ATSB-out will be mandatory for manned aircraft flying in certain parts of controlled airspace by January 1st, 2020.

- ATSB-in is not mandatory but is highly recommended for pilots to have access to the information broadcasted by other aircraft.

ATSB and Drone Pilots:

- ATSB provides critical information to drone pilots to prevent collisions and ensure safe flights.

- DJI, a leading drone manufacturer, will equip all their drones with ATSB technology by 2020.

- However, ATSB is not required in all airspace, so drone pilots may not receive traffic information for all aircraft.

Pitfalls of ATSB for UAS:

- One pitfall is that not all manned aircraft will be equipped with ATSB, especially in Class C airspace below 10,000 feet MSL.

- This means drone pilots may not always receive traffic information for the airspace they are flying in.

- Over-reliance on ATSB can lead to a decrease in situational awareness and an increase in risk-taking behavior.

- Remote ID is a system used to identify drones operating in the national airspace system.

- It functions as a digital license plate for drones, allowing others to see who is flying the drone and the purpose of the flight.

Future of ATSB and Remote ID:

- ATSB and remote ID are still evolving technologies in the drone industry.

- The FAA and drone manufacturers are continuously working to improve these technologies.

- It is important for drone pilots to stay updated on any changes or requirements regarding ATSB and remote ID.

- ATSB and remote ID are crucial technologies in the drone industry.

- ATSB provides important information for pilots, while remote ID allows for drone identification and tracking.

- It is important for drone pilots to understand these technologies and their limitations to ensure safe and responsible flying.

ADS-B 2020 and Drone Operations - Remote Pilot 101

Hey remote pilot 101, Jason here. By now, you've probably heard about DJI AirSense. Let me explain a bit more about what it means and what this DSB technology is all about.

- DJI AirSense is a new technology in manned aviation.

- It is being added to airplanes, such as the Airplane 3 Mike Zulu and Airplane 4 5 Tango Alpha, as mandated by the FAA by the year 2020.

- However, there is still a large waiting list for aircraft that need to have a DSB added.

What is DJI AirSense and DSB technology?

- DJI is now adding DJI AirSense in all its drones over 250 grams.

- DSB stands for Data Sharing Broadcast, meaning you can receive the DSB data that our Airplane 3 Mike Zulu is broadcasting out.

- If your aircraft becomes a threat, it will pop up on your screen, giving you spatial orientation of its location.

- However, since it is only a DSB in, you won't be able to send out a signal, so I may never get the traffic alert that you are there.

Limitations and exemptions:

- It's important to be mindful of this limitation and not solely rely on DJI AirSense as a crutch.

- Not all aircraft have DSB technology, and some aircraft, like vintage planes without electrical systems, are exempt from the mandate.

- DJI AirSense is a great benefit for drone pilots, as it helps identify potential threats in the sky.

- However, it is not a substitute for being aware of manned air traffic.

- If you have any questions or comments about DJI AirSense or DSB technology, please leave them in the comment box below.

- Remote Pilot 101 is the leading Part 107 test prep course on the market, with over 18,000 tests passed. Join us to learn more about DJI AirSense and other important topics in the future.

How to display ADS-B traffic in Mission Planner

What's that coming around the hill? It's a manned aircraft! If you're serious about droning, you'll have to play with DSP receivers. They will be part of UTM SATs, unmanned traffic management systems that are currently being tested worldwide. From 2020, the FAA and other aviation authorities have mandated that manned aircraft must be fitted with a DSP if they fly in certain airspace. So, it's important to have a working knowledge of what a DSP looks like.

Tracking DSP traffic will be more useful, not less. It doesn't have to be expensive either. I personally recommend the FlightAware Pro Stick Plus, which costs around twenty dollars. It has filters and other features that make it a great receiver. If you want to go all out, you can get the Ping USB for around one hundred and twenty-five dollars. It has the same functionality as the Pro Stick Plus but cannot change antenna, limiting its range.

You might be wondering, why bother with real-time radio speed when you can just use an app on your cell phone to see aircraft? The problem with apps is that they are time delayed and require an internet connection to work. Plus, the data is not shown on the ground control station, where you might be operating your drone. It's not in the same place, and not all aircraft are shown on the apps.

To solve these issues, it's best to have your own data. Setting up the receiver parts is plug and play, and there's plenty of information available online. Once your system is working, you can feed the apps mentioned earlier and create your own internet-based local real-time solution. By placing multiple receivers in different locations, you can expand your coverage and have more time to plan and react.

If your base stations are feeding a provider, you can pull back the data into your local system. This method, called multilateration, requires an internet connection at the point where you want to use the data. I won't go into detail about setting up multilateration, but a quick Google search will provide all the information you need.

Adding a DSP data to Mission Planner is straightforward. Our do pilot, much low born, and Mission Planner's ground control station have made it trivial. Just open the conflict tuning, tick the little ADS-B checkbox, and enter the IP address of your local receiver or group of friends when you're working together.

In addition to tracking, developers are also working on a running away algorithm. This algorithm, currently in simulation, is being tested by Randy McKay from ardupilot. If your airframe is fitted with a Ping receiver and it detects a manned aircraft within 300 meters, it will do exactly what its name suggests - run away. This feature will become standard in the future, and the DJI Matrice M200 already comes with a DSP from Ping. But don't worry, any Pixhawk aircraft can easily have a DSP installed.

So, it's time to start getting familiar with a DSP. It will be an essential tool for droning in the near future.

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