Last Friday, I wrote about the DJI Smart Controller and when it might be shipping to customers in the US. Sometime that same day, the FCC re-activated the equipment authorization system and the filing for the DJI Smart Controller appeared. Since then the product listing on DJI’s online store has been updated as well and the product is now available for purchase.
DJI Smart Controller is now in stock
The DJI Smart Controller was introduced during CES 2019. The device is a remote controller for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom/Enterprise drones and features a very bright 5.5″ built-in display that allows you to fly your drone without the use of your smartphone. The controller can be bought in combination with one of the Mavic 2 drones for an additional $400 or separately for $649. Many people have commented that the DJI Smart Controller is on the expensive side. For professional drone operators, this device may be a must-have though.
From the FCC statement on 1/18/19:
FCC REACTIVATING EQUIPMENT AUTHORIZATION SYSTEM
After the launch at CES 2019, the DJI Smart Controller was listed as out of stock for US customers even though it was sold, shipped and delivered elsewhere in the world such as Germany and Taiwan. DJI admitted that the delay for US customers was related to the government shutdown that also affected the FCC. However, as of last Friday, that situation has changed and the FCC got back to work.
The Federal Communications Commission’s January 2, 2019 Public Notice on the impact of a potential lapse in funding noted that the Equipment Authorization System (EAS) would not be available.1 After reviewing our statutory authority, the status of contract obligations and our lapse in funding plan, we will be reactivating this system today. All other provisions of the Commission’s January 2, 2019 Public Notice continue to apply.
The DJI SMart Controller showed up in the FCC database and is now available for purchase in the US through the DJI online store and authorized resellers. This is great news for people who have been wanting to get their hands on this product.
What do you think about the DJI Smart Controller? Did you order one? Let us know in the comments below how you like flying with it.
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