Description: DJI will render your Spark drone inoperative, also known as"bricked," if you don't do a firmware update on your drone and all of it's batteries by September 1st, 2017. Kendall Mark has the details for AirVūz News. --- We recently reported that DJI is addressing issues with their Spark drone flying away and losing power mid-flight. A lot of the cases we chalked up to user error: (SOT of crash sound) In this case the battery latch was damaged from a previous crash. (SOT: [previous crash] “That’s not good at all.” Peter Homer’s case has DJI a bit more concerned, as you can see by this YouTube comment. So as you can see from this thread, DJI is taking this issue very seriously. If you’ve had any issues with your Spark flying away or losing power mid-flight DJI encourages you to upload your flight data to them, the instructions for which you can find online at DJI’s Support page, so they can troubleshoot any issues. Supposedly updating the firmware of both the drone AND every individual battery you own with this August 21st 2017 update will correct any potential safety issues with the Spark. The update will also enable your Spark to support the DJI FPV goggles, optimize the palm launch function, and improve the QuickShot Dronie mode. The big deal, though, is If you fail to download their latest firmware to correct your Spark by September 1st - it will be bricked! Meaning DJI will render your drone inoperable! Some people are up in arms about this development… but DJI is firm with their statement, saying: “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.” Luckily updating your Spark is fairly easy straightforward; you can find video tutorials to walk you through the process on DJI’s website.