DJI Mavic Mini 249g Drone Rules for Hobbyists | What FAA Regulations Do You Have To Follow?

DID DJI just THUMB THEIR NOSE at the FAA REGULATIONS With the release of the DJI MAVIC MINI 249g Drone? Rules Explained here… Some FAA Rules apply while other laws do not. This video takes a deep look at the current state of regulations under the FAAs control in the US and outlines exactly what is the current state of affairs, for the moment. So is this a Brilliant or Sinister move by DJI, so slyly targeting 249g? What do you think, II’d like to know. Let me know in the comments…

Sorry, I said “below” 250g has to be registered, of course, below this does NOT currently have to be registered but “Above” does…

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50 Comments

  1. DRM THTR on March 6, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Funny how you rip on this company because they are skirting or thumbing their nose at the FAA regulations , but in the description you have a link to Amazon where you can buy it . The FAA set the regulations long before drones were around. The fact the company made one under the weight limit has nothing to do with trying to skirt around FAA regulations .

  2. Lester Yearwood on March 6, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    You do a great job with your delivery!

  3. Max on March 6, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    sooo i did a ton of research ….an amazingly i found a drone for 234$ bucks after tax and delivery costs that actually has obstacle avoidance sensor and 28min flight time, as well as GPS and allll the other little features including follow me ect. its the ONLY one i could find with all that for that price, and after watching a lot of youtube vids people seem to be pretty happy with it. Its the "ZLL SG906 pro MAX" not any youtube reviews on the MAX however the pro 2 had many positive reviews and only things different on the MAX is they added sensor and give what looks like a better remote with bigger lcd screen :). Im super excited and will be here in just a couple more weeks i ordered from banggood 👍✌😁 also its over 250g so need to register but not a big deal really its only like what 5 bucks for 3 years or something thats really nothing. I just wanted to give everyone a heads up i by no means work for them lol, also i can not give a hands on review on it yet but as such those youtube vids i watched people were very satisfied with it. EDIT: and oh the obstacle avoidance does 120 degree forward avoidance.

  4. Mr Bear Lee There - BearRon on March 6, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Important information, thanks.

  5. The Werewolf on March 6, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    It should be noted that in Canada, the 250g lower limit for registration is explicit and UAVs under 250g are exempt from most of the rules with two exceptions: fly safely and Class F zones, Forest fire NOTAM zones and 5.1 Zones of the Aeronautics Act zones are prohibited.

    https://tc.canada.ca/en/aviation/drone-safety/find-your-category-drone-operation
    (In the section "Micro drones (under 250 grams) and drones that weigh more than 25 kilograms")

    Apparently, this is a common approach outside the US and the DJI Mini drone is sold internationally. There is a world out there that is not the US. With the Mini 2, there’s a special version for Japan that gets the weight down to 199g. I don’t see this as "skirting the rules" as this weight class was explicitly created in most countries other than the US, so clearly most govs saw a legit argument for devices like the Mini. The real problem is that the US got their law wrong by creating a class of drone in one section, then forgot they did that in another and didn’t include the same range limit.

  6. Kid Henderson on March 6, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Good info but like I stated in another vid the MINI 2 cannot be authorized in AIRMAP since it is not included in the drone list. I checked to see if I could get auhtorization if I needed it but could not. So basiclly with the MINI 2 I cannot ever fly in any controlled areas and the FAA stated I would need PART 107 if I was in a zero grid on the FAA UAS map. Thanks.

  7. Jerry Alicea on March 6, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    First off…I like your new set. Nice job. Second…thanks for the useful information regarding regulations.

  8. Luchace Fox on March 6, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    F registering and F the FFA. I will fly when and where I want to.

  9. legniak1 on March 6, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Giving up my drone. Shouldn’t need a license for what is basically a toy with a camera on it

  10. Aldo N on March 6, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Thanks for the info. I think I will stick with the old school balsa planes Inused to fly when I was a kid… 🤣

  11. PaPa on March 6, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    I took flying lessons years ago and many of the items necessary to pass part 107 are the same for private/sport pilots. Nothing wrong about learning how to read METARs or know airspace. The majority of the rules are written not only to keep others safe but you safe as well. As far as DJI telling folks to skirt the rules….no. They obviously looked at the rules and created something that doesn’t require FAA registration. Nowhere in that is DJI advocating someone to "skirt the rules" since registration is not required for the "mini" class of drones. Common sense is still the best course of action and flying your drone where a loss of power would not result in harm or damage to individuals or property on the surface should be your guiding rule for any flight.

  12. Zorena on March 6, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Excellent video! Thank you so much for all you do for the drone community! I am currently a hobbyist and I’m studying to become Part 107 certified. If I’m currently registered on the FAA site as recreational, what must be done to convert/transfer over to Part 107 registered on the FAA Drone Zone site?

  13. DIEZEL CORA on March 7, 2021 at 12:00 am

    I know this is over a year old but I have to admit it still applies with that said yes I am 1:52 into this video and had to stop you are very correct this is how they got me I should done have done further research but I did not now I find myself look at great youtube videos such as this one as to not get in trouble with the FAA there are still rules to follow and I do not want to fly recklessly so I’ve been looking at helpful info. like this thank you!

  14. jdubdoubleu on March 7, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Does the dji mini 2 even go above 400ft?

  15. Andy Shaffer-Bigred on March 7, 2021 at 12:09 am

    My question is what if you live in an area that is a no fly zone and you just want to fly in your own yard not flying above 100 ft or so?

  16. Cristian Pineda on March 7, 2021 at 12:09 am

    nice info, I’m looking to buy a Mini2 but I’m getting info first… do you know where I can fly the drone legally in Jersey City, NJ or around? thanks!!!!

  17. Statewide tfd on March 7, 2021 at 12:09 am

    I don’t have none of mine registered and I don’t plan to. I’m about to acquire to DGI many And I am not registering it no matter what they say due to the fact that I live out in the middle of nowhere and I fly it From my property

  18. Leonardokite on March 7, 2021 at 12:10 am

    They really should have some law that even in controlled airspace, X miles or more from an airport one can fly up to 50 feet higher than any local obstacle. No airplane even in the act of landing is going to ever be in that airspace other than to crash.

  19. r g on March 7, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Nice, concise video. I am contemplating purchasing this drone for use in the desert, far from civilization. It fits my needs perfectly. I do not want to fly very high, I do not want to use it for pay, and have no interest in being in crowds or over cars. The 107 rules that you discussed seem like common sense to me. Question: Have the registration rules changed since your video in November, 2019? This is September, 2020.

  20. Max on March 7, 2021 at 12:16 am

    i like how that alienware has the blue lights on the sides, thanks for the vid im about to buy this model for my first drone, very excited.

  21. Samuel Greenway on March 7, 2021 at 12:17 am

    How is it skirting the FAA regulations, when it is the FAA that made the rules

  22. digits001 on March 7, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Thanks for the video! Is there anything more specific about the rules about flying over "groups of people"? It’s pretty vague. If I am flying a Mavic mini over the water at the beach and there are people in the water, is that a group?

  23. Charles M. on March 7, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Aloha Sir!
    Thank you for the video! We are new subscribers! Question.. we just got this and was wondering if we (to this date) still don’t have to reg. Our drone?
    Mahalo!

  24. TSM on March 7, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Can’t do everything I bought it for 😂

  25. Angelina Dash on March 7, 2021 at 12:22 am

    I’m absolutely not worried about the test. how bloody hard can be? LOL. It literally can’t be harder than a standardized driver’s license test, and I basically aced that.

  26. Harley Quebec en Revue on March 7, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Please define #6 line of sight. Because who can actually see a Mavic Mini after 300 feet distance? If my Mini is 1 mile away at 200 feet height over the ocean, is that line of sight?

  27. Hotwire on March 7, 2021 at 12:23 am

    So soccer balls weigh 410g to 450g and they fly for short periods of time. FAA should, as part of their jurisdiction, start to demand the regulations of all sporting toys that leave the ground. This is only reasonable according to FAA reasoning.

  28. larry gusman on March 7, 2021 at 12:24 am

    @alien Drones So I am brand new to this. I have the Mini and wanted to do some practice with it. Can I take off from my back yard and just kind of zoom around? Would I be able to take it up high under 400′ and then zoom around? I checked Air Map and I am not in any restricted airspace as there is no airport near me in Simi Valley. I really want to find a nice open area and see what this baby can do.

  29. CookieGamer UvU Henry on March 7, 2021 at 12:28 am

    You know what I quit drones now they are so annoying

  30. T. W. on March 7, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Hey, thanks for putting this together. I’ve been using a Mini for a little bit, mostly on my own private property. From what I could gather operating the drone so far: it’s actually difficult to break the 400 feet rule as the drone hits a ceiling at around 100 meters and beyond 110 meters it actively warns you. At that altitude, it’s also VERY difficult to still track it by line of sight as it becomes very small to keep an eye on.

    I have a question though. The weight of the drone itself is 249 grams. Many video makers attach ND filters to their drones’ cameras to keep the shutter speed low for video. When attaching such an ND filter, the weight would certainly go up to over 250 grams. So, when flying the Mini with an ND filter attached, that should mean you do need to register it, correct? Thanks!

  31. Chris Vidaurre on March 7, 2021 at 12:29 am

    So if you are getting paid to use the footage that is not considered recreational, do you have to register the mavic mini???

  32. Jeremy Mcpherson on March 7, 2021 at 12:29 am

    The FAA just wants you and I out of the sky so the government can rent the previously unregulated airspace to Amazon. Guess what? The FAA regulated that right out of being a possibility. Amazon would have to violate every regulation the FAA has created to deliver packages by drone. Think about it. How is it safer for me to fly if I make a few bucks off a drone video only if I have a remote pilot certificate? It isn’t. I think you should have no regulation other than do not fly near the airport or over an emergency if your flying a half pound or less drone like these. These things are no bigger than a bird is. Are they going to shoot all the birds?

  33. i519pka on March 7, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Hi am looking to get the mini, can it be flown at provincial parks since it is under 250 grams?

  34. Luis Antezana on March 7, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Hi, thanks for your work here. So even though the mini doesn’t need to be registered, the owner/pilot does?

  35. DeadSSD on March 7, 2021 at 12:32 am

    DJI never made a 249g drone to completely evade following FAA regulations as most regulations apply to any and or all drones. They just made a 249g drone so you don’t have to register it with the FAA. You still have to follow drone regulations and laws. You just don’t have to register it. Even though registering is very easy and only $5, it’s still one more thing to do.

  36. yuyo57 on March 7, 2021 at 12:34 am

    You need to study a little more.

  37. Rob Kitchen on March 7, 2021 at 12:37 am

    All I’d provide them would be a mailing address….and write Homeless for physical address. that’s all about having an easy convenient way to arrest.someone.
    I’d claim homelessness if physical address is mandatory then sue for discrimination due to housing status…
    I’d be arguing about the zero level of intoxicates….it’s a toy basically..
    Flying kites take more skill then these self flying hovering toys….these are Global Hawk or Predator drones the size of small jets….

  38. Jeremy Mcpherson on March 7, 2021 at 12:38 am

    I am all for regulating big drones in controlled airspace but who gives a darn about a 249 gram quad? I have flown for decades including big RC jets that would certainly cause serious damage if flown irresponsibly. In all those years I have seen zero injury and zero damage to property. I have seen a few multi-thousand dollar models destroyed but that is about it. This is about government overreach at this point. Like I said, a drone with a DSLR on it needs to be flown competently and it can be justified regulating something like that. A Mavic mini isn’t exactly a whirling death machine.

  39. purolaerte on March 7, 2021 at 12:38 am

    I don’t own a drone but I’ve been wanting to learn. I’ve been looking at the Mavic Mini just because it’s better than any Chinese drones on line. Does this mean that I would have to look up laws just to fly in my back yard?

  40. The Naborhood on March 7, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Has that test come out yet? I know I’m a year late. But I’d like to prepare for it. Thanks in advance

  41. Adriel Larisma on March 7, 2021 at 12:39 am

    One simple question and i’m sorry if anyone already asked this but for a youtuber do we fall under “recreational”? If yes, ig i need to register and take an exam or something idk i’m just still planning on buying a mavic mini 2. If no, yess! wohoo, imma buy it now lol please respond to my question 🙏🏻

  42. ldq23 on March 7, 2021 at 12:40 am

    You probably were a tattle tell when you were a kid.

  43. John Dalton on March 7, 2021 at 12:40 am

    You mentioned on heliports, I know both local hospitals have helipads, although the Air ambulance is based at the airport now (used to be at one of the hospitals). One of the more experienced droners here is also ex-military and ex-helicopter pilot. I live on the other end of the town from the hospitals, and outside the airport radius. This person indicates I should contact the air ambulance service that runs the local Med flight copter, let them know I will be in the air, how long and I will contact them when done. The hospitals are located on the hill part of the city, and I live and fly most my time in the valley, where the hills are probably 200 feet height. DO you think the call is overkill, or should I just listen the him (he is 107 certified obviously) If you want to see the situation, the city is Dubuque, Iowa . Great videos, going to try to view them all or least relative ones. I am recreational only. And I hope they eventually come out with the recreational testings. BTW I am member of the local RC club, but only have had drones, and the AMA field slightly overlaps the airport zones.

  44. Joshua Ferguson RC Flyer on March 7, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Very interesting. I going on holiday to USA from UK next year.

  45. ben yosep on March 7, 2021 at 12:41 am

    I want to buy a model train 🚂 . Do I need to get my engineering license? 🤦🏽‍♂️

  46. Dwayne Baker on March 7, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Great content, subscibed🙂👍

  47. Betlog Wiwi on March 7, 2021 at 12:41 am

    So, you can Burn, Loot and Riot but can’t fly a drone.

  48. Joseph Whitty on March 7, 2021 at 12:43 am

    New subscriber here. Thanks for your clear and thorough videos; you do a great job explaining. Myself wanting to fly safely and find legitimate areas to do so, I will be getting my Pilot’s license. Keep up the good work!

  49. Eric Clark on March 7, 2021 at 12:46 am

    i got a mavic pro platinum,i had to register got a id # had to put on it and took a test,and got a certificate emailed to me lol an the bottom of email they said happy flying

  50. Dtrain72 on March 7, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Thanks for going over the rules. It seems like a pain in the ass but in the end it is to keep folks safe and bad actors away.

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