DJI has designated "zones" to maintain safe airspace for all users and the general public. These zones are usually set up around airfields, stadiums, and other popular tourist attractions.
Some of these zones are completely off-limits to all aircraft; however, Restricted, and Authorization zones can be unlocked as long as you take full responsibility for the flight.
Here are the different types of zones on DJI's Safe Fly map:
You should always check before you go out to fly that your chosen area isn't in restricted or authorization zones. You can do this by going to the DJI Self Unlocking webpage.
If you do find that you are going to fly in one of these zones, there are two ways to unlock authorization zones (blue). Note: Restricted zones (red) can not be self unlocked and require a Custom Unlock.
Method #1—Scheduled Self-Unlocking (recommended)
If you're planning to fly in an authorization zone without an internet connection or want to plan head, you can use follow these steps to schedule up to 30 simultaneous unlocking flight missions. Each unlocked zone will remain unlocked for three days.
Note: Self Unlocking requires you to be currently logged into a DJI user account that is verified with a credit card or cell phone number. You will also need the Flight Controller Serial Number for your drone.
Once logged in, scroll down to the map on the DJI Self Unlock page. Be sure to check that you have the correct area selected.
Next, select the type of aircraft (from the dropdown menu) you will be flying in the desired zone.
Then type in the address where you wish to fly.
Select the blue pin associated with the authorization zone you wish to fly in. This will give you more details on the zone and restricted times associated with it.
Finally, double check that the correct zone is selected, input your Flight Controller Serial Number from your drone, and the dates you wish to unlock this zone.
The Flight Controller Serial Number can be found in the Aircraft Info menu under the aircraft details.
From the main screen, tap the three horizontal lines.
Choose the "drone" symbol on the left hand side of the screen.
That will bring you to the Flight Control Number for your drone.
Click SUBMIT once your details are all correct. You will then be asked to agree to the terms and conditions and confirm responsibility for the flight. Enter your mobile phone number and click SEND to receive the verification code. Once you receive the text message, type the verification code into the website and click VERIFY.
Once your unlock has been approved, you will now need to power up your controller and import the unlock certificate.
From the main screen, tap Fly and then tap the 3 dots in the top right corner. Scroll down to the bottom of the Aircraft Settings menu to find the Unlock certificate list.
Tap Synchronize to fetch the most up-to-date list of unlocks for your controller. Then tap Import Aircraft for the unlock you wish to proceed with.
Switch over to the Aircraft list and activate the switch.
Your aircraft is now ready for takeoff!
Method #2—Live Self-Unlocking (not recommended)
When connected to the Internet, DJI GO and DJI GO 4 allow you to unlock authorization zones on-site when you take off inside of or fly into one. Unlocking lasts for 24 hours and requires just a few taps on the screen.
Note: In addition to unlocking your DJI firmware, it will most likely be necessary to receive authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in order to operate a drone legally in controlled airspace. For more information on how to accomplish this, please refer to this help article.
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