FAA Regulations for Drones Under 250 Grams

What are the rules and regulations that apply to drones in the United States that weigh less than 250 grams like the DJI Mavic Mini or a Tiny Whoop? If your drone is under this weight limit there are no rules right? Those are just some of the questions and misconceptions I attempt to tackle in this video.

More information on these regulations can be found at the FPV Freedom Coalition website:

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  1. Cody Gustafson on May 17, 2021 at 2:26 am

    I have a question for you. I am not seeing any regulations for flying more than one (< 250g) hobby flier at a time. I am asking because I am interested in doing (at least trying) a light show in my backyard for fun but am not sure if I am actually allowed to do so. In this scenario, I would be controlling them with my computer with a pre-configured flight path, all of them within my sight. Am I okay to do this?

  2. SonyAlphaLab by Jay on May 17, 2021 at 2:26 am

    I apologize your video was excellent, but I’m still a bit unsure. If I get the Mavic Mini 2 for example, can I fly it and use the footage for my monetized YouTube channels videos? Not selling the footage, but using some of the footage for visual interest in my regular non drone related videos… Do I need to register the drone? Do I need the License for that? I can’t seem to find a clear answer on this specific question. I’m not sure if that falls under commercial use I guess. It’s very confusing and I really appreciate your video and help, Jay

  3. SCIENCE IS NOT DEAD on May 17, 2021 at 2:31 am

    Magnificent chemtrails in your sky!

  4. Huginn FPV on May 17, 2021 at 2:34 am

    Thanks for the update!

  5. Carl Bradley on May 17, 2021 at 2:44 am

    Will your friend need remote Id on his plane? Over 250 grams and it flies.

  6. a fei production on May 17, 2021 at 2:44 am

    how do you define fly commercially. Posting it on my social media? student volunteer film project with no funding?

  7. Long 龙Huo 火 on May 17, 2021 at 2:45 am

    U gotta be fucking kidding even more rules for the micro drones? These governments are seriously pushing for illegal activities in the future. Dumbasses

  8. Trail Crawler on May 17, 2021 at 2:48 am

    How about that airplane pilot guys!!!

  9. the.ronin on May 17, 2021 at 2:51 am

    I’m clear on under 250 with and without part 107. But what about over 250 without part 107?

  10. Carbon Icarus FPV on May 17, 2021 at 3:06 am

    Yep.. the only advantage is that you don’t have to Register with the FAA as long as you’re not making money from flying.
    It’s a great advantage though, and nice to know you can still legally fly something without any kind of registration.

  11. mosephina on May 17, 2021 at 3:06 am

    Any idea on how they are going to enforce any of it? Unless somebody complains, law enforcement does little to stop people from flying drones; especially the further out into the boonies you go.

  12. Shane Sidebottom on May 17, 2021 at 3:10 am

    Great information! Thanks!

  13. J on May 17, 2021 at 3:11 am

    Thanks for the great video.
    I have to admit, I’m still a little confused regarding "you must have a visual observer co-located with you".
    Does this mean I can’t fly my 2.5 inch 2S quad around my house (outside) by myself in FPV? This seems a bit ridiculous, and it doesn’t seem too many FPVers here on YouTube take that very seriously.
    When I checked for myself at the FAA it seemed to be guidelines but not law.

  14. nerdCopter on May 17, 2021 at 3:12 am


  15. K M on May 17, 2021 at 3:15 am

    my question is …..for recreation flying does is FAA regulation says anything about flying a UAV or drone and operating or driving a moving vehicle ( not as a passenger ) but the actual driver. one one person do both at the same time? Like we see on youtube on/with many people’s videos. Also, the drone is not in their view (VLOS).

  16. End liberalism on May 17, 2021 at 3:17 am

    FUCK FAA ! PERIOD ! #1 the last thing I’m worried about is some stupid bastard from the FAA approaching someone for flying a toy quadcopter ! #2 the United States is incredibly close to entering into a civil war and and economic collapse , once again toy quadcopters are the LEAST of our worries. #3 I don’t think an FAA enforcer is going to risk his/her life for approaching someone about wether or not they are flying their toy legally ! It just so happens tensions are extremely high and people are getting fed up with nefarious laws being drawn up against the people on a daily basis, this shit MUST come to an end and IT WILL ! #4 While government is imposing on our rights to freedom they are putting up dangerous frequencies like 5G and very soon will be forcing vaccinations on the public, if you don’t accept these vaccinations you won’t be able to shop for food, you won’t be able to be employed without proof of vaccination, you also will not be able to sell or trade without evidence of these dangerous vaccines! So you tell me, do you think I give a flying FUCK about the FAA ? Absolutely 100% NOT , NADDA, NO, NOT EVEN CLOSE ! #RESTOREFREEDOMTOAMERICA

  17. Zhan Caitao on May 17, 2021 at 3:18 am

    Let’s say there is a YouTuber that has over 1000 subscribers and has a drone under 250 grams. 1) He cannot upload a drone video footage and monetize the video without registering. 2) YouTubers under 1000 subscribers cannot monetize videos so they don’t need to register the drone while uploading drone video footage. Are these claims correct? Thanks.

  18. Christopher Murphy on May 17, 2021 at 3:18 am

    What drone is used in the footage?

  19. Gene's RC Addiction on May 17, 2021 at 3:21 am

    Great info !!! Thanks for the update 👍👊

  20. Schrödi FPV on May 17, 2021 at 3:22 am

    Very cool

  21. Jawad Syed on May 17, 2021 at 3:24 am

    If i want to fly a drone <250 or >250 for recreational purpose, do i need to take the aeronautical knowledge and safety test?

  22. DrFrantic77 on May 17, 2021 at 3:25 am

    I think, we got the same here in europe next. Subbed let’s stay connected 👍

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