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DJI Phantom 4 Advanced packs a 4K camera, 45MPH top speed, more for $799 (Reg. $1,199)

As part of its Mega DealZone, B&H offers the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced Quadcopter for $799 shipped. Typically selling for closer to $1,200 at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and direct from DJI, that’s good for a $400 discount and beats our previous mention by $30. Rated 4.6/5 stars. B&H only charges sales tax at the time of purchase for New York and New Jersey shoppers.

How do you clean debris of a power line? Simple, you use a drone!

What is the easiest way to clean a power line? You use a flame-throwing drone, of course. Long-time readers of DroneDJ have seen this before when we reported on Chinese power companies using this method last year. This time we get to see a short video, in which a drone (DJI Matrice?) uses a flamethrower to burn off a large piece of plastic from a power line. Very effective as you can see.

In our search for more information on DJI’s most recent product announcement ‘See the bigger picture‘, we stumbled upon a new trademark filing from the Chinese drone-maker. DJI registered a new trademark ‘POCA‘ on May 17th in the camera gimbals category. Since it is a relatively new registration it may indicate a new product that DJI might release at some point in the future. Although keep in mind that not all trademarks are always actively used by companies. Sometimes, names are registered simply as a reservation or to prevent competitors from using that name.

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Good morning, here are the headlines you may have missed. We have the latest DJI FCC filing for you. A long read story in the NYT Magazine about drone pilots who sustain ‘moral injuries’ after flying drones in war zones. A great search and rescue story where a 75-year-old missing man is found with the help of a drone. DJI’s announcement. A foil paddleboard video and more… So, let’s jump in!

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Yesterday

Just now we discovered that DJI had filed for an FCC certificate (FCC ID SS3-NB06251803) for a new ‘Multilink’ wireless communication device. It seems to be a unit that you would wear over your ear and that is connected wirelessly to a controller. In the filing, it shows a DJI Phantom like controller. The unit works over both 2.4Ghz and 5.8Ghz frequencies. In the documents that accompany the filing, there is a lot of talk about Phantoms and Phantom 5, however, that seems to refer to testing equipment and not to any new drones. It is uncertain if this filing has any connection with the upcoming product launch on July 18th.

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The New York Times Magazine featured a lengthy but excellent article about the ‘wounds’ that drone pilots suffer when they engage remotely in overseas wars. For instance, behind computer screens at the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, drone pilots fly missions with unmanned aircraft such as the MQ-9 Reaper in far away places like Somalia, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen. Some people have thought that these ‘joystick pilots’ would escape the gravity of war but, we are now learning that they are suffering ‘moral injuries’ from their actions similarly to soldiers when they return home from battlefields.

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