Do you need authorization to fly the Mavic Mini (or sub-250 drones)?

With the release of DJI’s $399 under-250-gram Mavic Mini, Greg looks into whether or not you need authorization to fly the drone and whether or not it is subject to the FAA registration process. Greg digs into the regulation under Part 48 and under Section 336, section 349, and Part 101 to see if you need airspace authorization to fly in controlled airspace with the new DJI Mavic Mini.

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39 Comments

  1. wryanne vanornum on August 8, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Put a paper clip on top of the drone and police caught the drone flying, but the paper clips falls off. Then they weight your drone. "Oh you’re all good"

  2. cnnw3929 on August 8, 2020 at 8:56 am

    This is dead on accurate!

  3. Tim Galletas on August 8, 2020 at 8:57 am

    I registered with the FAA as a recreational pilot. Paid the 5 dollars and got a registration number. It didn’t ask me to register a drone in particular. If I’m adding strobe light to the Mini, I’m good to go by attaching my registration number to the drone? Or is there an additional step to register the mini for recreational?

  4. Lairam Kulthang on August 8, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Thanks bro I am gonna buy the drone AND I AM ONLY 15 I thought that I would have to have faa but I don’t thanks man

  5. Tim Galletas on August 8, 2020 at 9:01 am

    This will be my first drone and I will register it just in case I add filters guards etc. I read soon the FAA it passed, will require hobbyists to take a test. This will include any sub 250g drones as well?

  6. S H on August 8, 2020 at 9:02 am

    License required to fly the 250 gram drone?

  7. Nihar Dalai on August 8, 2020 at 9:03 am

    The registration aspect was clear. But I still have a few questions about the airspace authorization.
    1. I understand that class G airspace does not need any authorization from FAA. Is that correct?
    2. If I want to fly in a class D airspace, I need to get authorization. Is that correct?
    3. For getting authorization, do I have to go through AirMap, KitttHawk etc or can I get an authorization using DJI Fly app as well?
    4. I have seen “Take off permitted” message in the DJI fly app in a class D airspace. What does this message mean?
    5. What do they mean when they say “airspace unlocking”?

    Thanks in advance.

  8. Eddie George on August 8, 2020 at 9:03 am

    Thanks, Greg. A lot of confusion (with some folks) about this topic. Good info.

  9. Adam Amengual on August 8, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Sorry, so I’m still a bit confused. If I’m flying as a non professional with a 249g drone, do I need to get preauthorization from an app like AirMap to fly in let’s say a class D airspace?

  10. Mark Huynh on August 8, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Money grab its stupid. Good on Dji.

  11. John Doe on August 8, 2020 at 9:08 am

    as long as you dont fly near Airports,and fly near Kids ,then Transport Canada Can Fuk Off.

  12. John .T on August 8, 2020 at 9:09 am

    Don’t care, will not comply. Never will.

  13. Benoit Gagnon on August 8, 2020 at 9:12 am

    But that is for the USA, Canada will be a different ball game 🙂

  14. Behind The Wheel on August 8, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Does the mavic mini pass the 250grams with an SD card istalled?

  15. Cockpit Scenes on August 8, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Everybody is missing the point. It’s not the $5 I object to, it’s having ANY dealings with the FAA. After 40 years of "working" with them, I can tell you avoid them at all cost. They would actually fine you $10,000 for being .5 g overweight – really, I’m not kidding. They won’t accept responsibility for killing 350 people in the unsafe 737 MAX (I have 10,000+ hrs in the 737), but they will find time to chase you down for flying a toy drone.

  16. Jason S on August 8, 2020 at 9:16 am

    As always Greg your prospective is right on the money. Five dollars is really a small price to pay to ensure your flying legal. When I saw the Mavic Mini for the first time it had 360° prop guards on it. My first thought was that those alone are going to put the aircraft above the .55 lbs limit.

  17. Sam Ib on August 8, 2020 at 9:19 am

    IT IS CONFUSING do I need a License to fly it ? Meaning to be licensed taking a test and get an actual license?Why no one can answer. Can I go out and fly it? do I have to ask for a permission to fly it by the FAA

  18. Dabeer Rizvi on August 8, 2020 at 9:20 am

    how can I know that I need authorization for this specific space?

  19. RailfanS1 on August 8, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Can you actually get authorization through LANNC without a registration number though?

  20. KonTiki Nomads on August 8, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Technically FAA has no Authority under 2,000 feet Due to the air sovereignty Act. We just let them get away with making up laws without approval.

  21. Edgar Venzor on August 8, 2020 at 9:27 am

    What all do I need to do "professional" work. I see the $200 option for business, is that what I need?

  22. 3D Printwiz on August 8, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Never register your Mini if you do not want to be included in the Remote ID.

  23. Bone Crusher Curtis on August 8, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Can I use the new Mavic mini videos footage in my videos on YouTube to make money without having a 107 ?

  24. John Doe on August 8, 2020 at 9:34 am

    here its Transport Canada,and Fuk them to.

  25. T. Jefferson on August 8, 2020 at 9:34 am

    This is a very accurate and informative video. It’s such a fine line and I know a lot of people, kids in particular don’t register because they know they’re under the 250 gram limit. Then they put on prop guards and don’t realize that at the point, they’re adding 23 grams of weight and will put the drone over the limit. It’s truly a very fine line.

  26. Jeff Bob on August 8, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Am I correct in assuming that in the US, you still can’t fly this over a crowd or in a national park? (Non 107).

    Is it considered a ‘toy’ and is exempt from those rules?

  27. xtrimcg on August 8, 2020 at 9:36 am

    how do I get to know the area where I can fly my mavic mani in Toronto

  28. Gerald's Videos on August 8, 2020 at 9:38 am

    Spot on.

  29. jag on August 8, 2020 at 9:41 am

    The FAA should make this video

  30. Cristián Uribe on August 8, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Do I need a drone pilot licence to fly the Mavic Mini?

  31. Chad Garber on August 8, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Very helpful.

  32. Steve Ha on August 8, 2020 at 9:43 am

    If I fly my Mavic Mini indoor with the prop guards on, do I still need to registered my Mavic Mini? Thanks.

  33. Rosmery P on August 8, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Do I need licence for👉🏽 Mavic air 2 ?? I’m just planing to buy it ,take nice pictures with it ,and post them on my social media . Please

  34. Jet Martin on August 8, 2020 at 9:46 am

    THANK YOU for this video. I’ve seen so much confusion on this issue. And as you know the $5 fee for registering your drone covers your registration for 3 years. so on an annual basis your registration fee boils down to $1.67 per year. 🙂 . The only caveat that I would make is that if you’re outside of the USA then the 250g may be a bigger deal as other rules may come into play.

  35. Ian in London on August 8, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Hi Greg. I got confirmation direct from the FAA this week on this. You Still have to register if you’re flying under pt 107 and in all cases all other rules and regs apply. So in the USA, the only benefit is the exemption from registering as a hobbyist…. Canada on the other hand definitely gets exemption from all the rules…. I checked out the rules for USA, Canada and Europe.. cheers! Ian.

  36. Jayson Or on August 8, 2020 at 9:47 am

    So can fly it on the city below 400ft away from the airport?

  37. bigg timber on August 8, 2020 at 9:48 am

    So… Is Mavic Mini good without permit and license in canada?! EEskimos

  38. Dung-Ngoc Le on August 8, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Hi Pilot Institue, if I live in Lorton, VA zipcode 22079, how do I know if I can fly a mavic mini in my back yard? thanks

  39. wmuylaert on August 8, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Hello.
    First of all I’m sorry for any misspelling, grammatical or even agreement,
    because I’m from Brazil and for not speaking your language I’m using an
    automatic translator. Here everyone was happy with the possibility of

    not having to follow more specific rules such as the obligation to register in
    regulatory body, but in chat groups and some YouTube channels have already
    questioned whether we will still have to register, because here is necessary
    due to the official position of the Department of Airspace Control (DECEA) on
    the subject, because the understanding is that the Maximum Takeoff Weight (PMD)
    which is the maximum weight than an unmanned aircraft (including fuel, cargo
    and equipment) may have to be able to take off and perform a flight safely).
    That is, even if it weighs 249g this would not be the PMD since it supports
    some accessories, including the propeller protector and with this must fulfill
    all tramite, because regardless of the drone is with accessories or not, since
    the DRONE PMD is higher than the 250g estab elected. They clarify that any
    country that has this kind of understanding will eventually act in the same way
    as here in Brazil. But from what I understand in the explanation and that as long as I don’t put any accessory, then I won’t have to register. Right? I appreciate it right now.

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