DJI just nerfed its DJI Credit program (which gave you discounts on future purchases)

DJI just nerfed its DJI Credit program (which gave you discounts on future purchases)

Bad news if you were loyal to buying from DJI. The dronemaker just nerfed its DJI Credit program. The program isn’t gone, but it’s a lot less likely you’ll be able to take advantage of it now.  DJI Credit is a program where — after you create a free account — you’ll earn 1% on every purchase made directly through DJI in the form of DJI Credits. Those credits are a type of virtual currency that can then be applied toward a future purchase. But as of this week, new credits accrued now expire. The expiration date system is a little funky, but in general, credits expire anywhere between 12-24 months after they were accrued. Here’s what you need to know about the new DJI Credit Program expiration dates: The credits expire on the last day of the calendar year following the year in which they were accrued. So, credits earned for a purchase in April 2020 would expired on Dec. 31, 2021, giving you 21 months to use them. Yet, credits earned for a purchase in December 2020 would also expire on Dec. 31, 2021, giving you just 12 months to use them. If your DJI Credit balance is larger than your next purchase, older credits will be used first to fund your next purchase. The good news: any existing credits in your account do not have an expiration date. And as always, DJI Credits are automatically earned for purchases made when you are logged in to a registered

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DJI Enterprise Shield: is it worth renewing for the price?

DJI Enterprise Shield: is it worth renewing for the price?

DJI’s Enterprise Shield program is a customizable drone protection service plan that provides enhanced insurance for many of DJI’s enterprise-grade (and yes, that means more expensive) drones. DJI Enterprise Shield goes beyond the traditional warranty by providing broad accident coverage, repair and replacement services, free shipping and delivery, and more — with no deductible. Once you activate DJI Enterprise Shield, you’ll have coverage for one year. After that, you can purchase another year of coverage through a program DJI calls Enterprise Shield Renew. If your drone can’t be repaired and was covered by Shield, you typically won’t get a brand-new drone. But DJI will send a replacement device with “the equivalent performance and reliability of a brand-new product”. What does DJI Enterprise Shield cover? Shield covers a broad range of situations including: pilot error crash & collision damage signal interference water damage (this is especially rare, and probably useful to many people!) Compare that with DJI’s standard factory coverage warranty, which is just 6 months and covers fewer circumstances. Standard factory coverage Enterprise Shield Enterprise Shield Renew How long it lasts 6 months 1 year An additional year (2 years total) Covers faulty DJI equipment? Yes Yes Yes Covers user error (ie. flying with a low battery, flying with a weight greater than safe takeoff weight, etc. No Yes Yes Covers drops or collisions? No Yes Yes Covers water damage? No Yes Yes There are actually two types of Shield coverage: Basic and Plus. Here are the differences between the

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UPS to get new fleet of package delivery drones from Wingcopter

UPS to get new fleet of package delivery drones from Wingcopter

Atlanta-based package delivery company UPS has been stepping its feet in the drone industry for years. And now, it’s about to get a new fleet of package delivery drones, designed by German drone-maker Wingcopter. UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF), the drone delivery arm of UPS, announced that it had selected Wingcopter as the creator of its “next generation of package delivery drones for a variety of use cases in the United States and internationally,” according to a news statement. Wingcopter is known for making drones that can perform vertical takeoffs and landings in tight spaces (like a helicopter), and then transform into an aircraft capable of high-speed horizontal flight (like an airplane). What are the next steps for UPSFF and Wingcopter? Wincopter will need to earn regulatory certification for its unmanned aircraft to make commercial delivery flights in the United States. If approved, UPSFF said it intends to go beyond deliveries in the healthcare and retail industries, and into solving “long-standing challenges for high-tech, industrial manufacturing, hospitality, entertainment and other customers.” A history of UPS and package delivery drones UPS has long been involved in the drone delivery game. Their history in package delivery drones dates as far back as 2015, when they studied using drones for humanitarian disaster relief operations with the American Red Cross Then in 2016, the UPS Foundation partnered with California-based drone startup Zipline to use drones to deliver blood for transfusions throughout Rwanda. UPS has since created its UPSFF spinoff, which began operating commercial drone delivery flights in

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Is it worth going into debt to keep up with the latest drone tech?

Is it worth going into debt to keep up with the latest drone tech?

Drone technology is rapidly changing, with the big players putting out new drones about once a year (and sometimes more than that). Experts have suggested that DJI’s rapid growth may even be cannibalizing itself. But should you go into debt in your own drone business just to keep up with the latest drone technology? Mark Taylor, CEO of Arizona-based drone company Extreme Aerial Productions founded his company in 2014, amassing a drone collection over the years. He shared his thoughts on the upsides to investing in new tech, vs. the downsides of steep prices that might even compel you to take on debt. So with that, enjoy this guest post from Mark Taylor: The DJI Agras T16 When going into debt for new drones can be a smart bet:  Debt doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Take on “good debt” and it can lead to more money in the long-run.  “The key to successful borrowing is simple: Borrow money to buy assets that will gain value or produce income,” said Michele Cagan, a certified public accountant and author of “Debt 101.” For drone pilots, here are instances where you can take on “good debt”: When technology helps open you up to new market segments: If you’re investing in a drone to offer new services and open yourself up to new markets, consider debt. For example, let’s say you want to break into agriculture and have the opportunity to purchase a DJI Agras T16. If you had five of them,

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Financial relief and freebies for drone pilots and small business owners affected by coronavirus

Financial relief and freebies for drone pilots and small business owners affected by coronavirus

If coronavirus has made it harder for you as a small business owner or pilot to work, a number of companies, government arms and organizations are providing financial relief. Even though drones are often a technology that promotes social distancing (drone delivery could reduce the risk for delivery workers, who say their health is jeopardized while going to strangers’ homes, often where people are quarantined), even the drone industry isn’t immune from the economic hit the world has taken, considering a record 3.2 million people filed unemployment claims in the U.S. in the week ended March 21. If you’re a small business owner or drone pilot and have taken a hit from coronavirus, there’s help for you. Here’s how some private companies, non-profits and governments are providing financial relief and other help to drone workers affected by coronavirus: If you need drone insurance now (or you’re having trouble paying for existing insurance plans) Flock: U.K.-based drone insurance startup Flock provides insurance targeted at businesses that fly drones. They’ve launched a few initiatives, including: Free insurance for companies using drones to fight coronavirus: If you’re working on a project that uses drones to fight coronavirus, you may qualify for a free insurance policy. Flick has pledged £10,000 of free insurance to organizations using drones to tackle coronavirus. To qualify, you just need to fill out this application form with details about your project, and Flock will contact you to let you know if you’ve been selected. Ability to freeze existing insurance policies:

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