Geo-fencing is the ability for a drone’s software to restrict your flight into legally restricted areas as determined by pre-installed firmware using multiple communication / location networks.
Many popular drone brands utilize geofencing, but there are no Hubsan drones on the market that currently utilize geo-fencing.
Popular current Hubsan drones
- H501s x4 Brushless
- H502e x4 Desire
- H507A x4 Star
- H107D x4 FPV
- Zino Mini
Popular consumer drones with Geo-fencing
- DJI Mavic 3
- DJI Mini 3 Pro
- Exo Mini
Reasons for geo-fencing
In essence, geo-fencing is a digital barrier that can limit flight access and takeoffs, as determined via various location and communication networks within the firmware of your drone.
Although sometimes it can be disabled, the default is to disable flight functions and disallow entry into these restricted areas as determined by the drone manufacturer.
If you encounter these areas while in flight, the software usually visually notifies the pilot and will slow or completely stop the lateral movement of the UAV.
Some models will go into a RTH (return to home) if you continue to try to access the restricted area. In contrast, others will maintain a hover on the outskirts of the restricted area and await the pilot to retreat back from the area.
If you try to pilot the UAV into the area, it will just ignore your control inputs.
Particular areas which are often geo-fenced:
- Police/fire stations
- Construction sites
- Military areas
- Outdoor venues (amusement parks/stadiums/arenas)
- Urban areas
Safe drone practices
Since Hubsan drones don’t utilize geofencing, it is up to you as the pilot to make the decision to follow safe flight practices. A major part of this is avoiding restricted flight areas.
It is important for any drone pilot to always respect the space of others and to always employ safe flight practices to ensure all flights are safe for themselves and those around them.
It is our sole responsibility as UAV pilots to not allow our UAVs to enter an area where they could injure someone for any reason.
Whether an accidental flight error or a mechanical malfunction, if someone gets hurt, it is the responsibility of the pilot. Any time we remotely control an object which can hurt someone, it is our duty to maintain safe control and awareness.
Don’t fly near people. Simple. If you are licensed and have the proper insurance, then you know the proper channels and paperwork you will need to be responsible and safe.
Don’t fly near other flying things. Whether living (such as a flock of geese), or the hospital helipad or another drone enthusiast at the park.
It’s safest to stay away from situations where accidents can occur. Animals and people are unpredictable, and even if your drone is less than 250 grams, it can still severely injure someone or something.
It’s sure nice to get a few lovely shots of a beach full of beautiful people playing in the surf – or that cool aerial of the corn maze. But it’s never worth any artistic view or creation if it’s at the expense of someone else’s safety or property.
We all share the same spaces, so let’s be nice to each other and respect each other’s right to a safe space and at least try to keep our toys away from impacting someone else’s rights.
Watch the video below to learn more about geofencing and how it works.
Be safe. Have fun.