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DJI Spark Users Need to Update Firmware ASAP

Update or face dire consequences

August 28, 2017

DJI Spark users need to update their drone’s firmware before September 1, or the Spark will not take off. The firmware on both the aircraft and controller must be updated to the new version .

According to a press release, this update will maximize flight time, increase stability, and improve accuracy of controls.

The Spark was a highly anticipated drone, but it wasn’t long after its May release that users began experiencing problems. According to Quartz, multiple users reported their Spark drone falling out of the sky. Leah Froats, assistant editor of Drone360 magazine, experienced a few instances of connectivity loss during her flight tests (read her review).

“DJI decided on the option of a mandatory firmware update in order to maximize flight safety and product reliability which we consider as top priorities,” according to the DJI press release.

Here’s how to update, per DJI: “When prompted on the DJI GO 4 App, users with internet connectivity will be able to download the new firmware to update their aircraft’s and battery's firmware. The aircraft and battery firmware updates can also be done via the DJI Assistant 2 desktop software.”

Does all this talk about connectivity issues and drones falling from the sky scare you away from the Spark? Don't let it. DJI is the largest consumer drone company in the world and has numerous other successful models. Just a little trial and error. Here's to hoping this firmware update corrects those issues.
Featured image: Drew Halverson