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DJI Corruption scandal

DJI, the leading drone maker, have published an open letter regarding their investigation into corruption within the management structure at the company:

New Statement on Employee Fraud Investigation


New Statement on Employee Fraud Investigation

Since our founding 13 years ago, DJI has been a company that emphasizes honesty and integrity in our operations. We strongly believe that upholding these values is a critical element in DJI’s long-term development.

We have been disappointed to learn that not all employees have upheld these goals. As DJI embarked on a management reform effort last year, we discovered problems that had evolved during our period of high growth.

Uncovering inefficient and ineffective management processes is extremely important for DJI to continue pursuing its success. This is an imperative for our company, and indeed for any company.

Unfortunately, DJI has discovered instances of cost inefficiency, purchasing manipulations and outright theft. We cannot ignore these issues. Indeed, for the sake of the vast majority of our employees who work hard and honestly, we need to uncover and eliminate these problems.

We also understand that strong management is the key to setting honorable expectations for our employees. While mature companies have established the training, controls and management protocols to limit these issues, DJI has in the past emphasized corporate growth over new internal processes.

In fact, taking greater control over internal processes is key to ensuring companies can continue to innovate and grow. Eliminating factors that artificially raise costs may be painful at first, but doing so clears the path for a company to operate at maximum efficiency and reach its full potential while upholding high ethical standards.

DJI will now take a leading role in developing clear policies, procedures and expectations to address corner-cutting and employee theft. We call on more companies to take similar steps.

As DJI has taken action to address these issues, we have seen rumors, speculation and incorrect information reported publicly. While we thank the media for treating this issue with the respect it deserves, we do not publicly discuss details of our employee discipline process.

We urge the media to pay close attention to the facts we have presented. DJI and its hardworking, honest employees are focused on growing our business by creating products that improve the world, and our efforts to eliminate inefficiencies and losses will help all of us continue to achieve this goal.

Lets hope they can sort themselves out and continue to provide us with incredible drones for the future. We love the products and wish them well in bringing their house in order. If you need any help overseas, always here!

Phantom 3 Advanced

Gatwick getting back to normal after drone ‘attack’

It looks like Gatwick is getting back to normal after the drone incursion left thousands of holiday makers stranded.

The BBC are reporting that the police have several lines of enquiry so lets hope they can catch these irresponsible people.

Remember that if you have a drone, fly it within the rules and you will be fine.

DJI Phantom 4 front view


Shoot the drone down?

Was i really watching TV when I saw that a company thinks you can use a big Nerf dart to shoot down a drone. While watching I was amazed to see a demonstration of the SkyWall100 bazooka taking out a poor little DJI Phantom.

Opneworks SkyWall100 bazooka
Opneworks SkyWall100 bazooka

The demonstration was impressive, highlight the drone, zone in to a green dot and fire! Hey presto, easy peasy! Well, actually, if you looked more closely, the drone didn’t move, it was hovering, almost as if waiting to be caught?

Of course, it did look like fun, and big boys need big toys, but it didn’t appear to be a realistic way of removing unwanted drone intrusions!

The real method is jamming radio signals, using locating technology and bringing in professionals. I can’t understand how, with all the technology at our disposal, Gatwick has been forced to shut for so long. How come it has taken over 24 hours for any sort of reasonable response to the situation.

Of course we could always bring in the birds, yet another mad hat way of capturing a rogue drone! Thank you to the Dutch police for providing this idea.

Dutch police using anti-drone technology.

Llangennith, Wales, a hidden treasure.

Llangennith is possibly one of the best beaches to visit in Wales, or indeed the entire UK, even if the weather can be a little harsh sometimes. Catch it on a good day and just lark about on the beach or splash around in the sea.

Fantastic footage from the DJI Phantom 4 Pro as usual. Luckily caught this before the weather turned.