How Do the DJI Mavic Mini and Mini 2 Fly Within Canadian RPAS Rules?

The DJI Mavic Mini is the first fully-featured drone to weigh less than 250g. How do the 2019 Canadian RPAS Regulations apply to a drone this small?! Let’s find out in this video!

Transport Canada published formal guidelines for sub-250g drones, here:

**I do make one small error in this video: The Mavic Mini does NOT have obstacle collision sensors. Apologies for my pre-product-release assumption. **

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  1. yuyo57 on December 18, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    I love your videos, I own the Mavic mini and it’s the best drone I have owned. Oh I watched this 3 times it really funny and enjoying to watch.

  2. Galen Woodburn on December 18, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Does anyone know if you can use a Mavic Mini for an RPAS Advanced Flight Review in Canada or does it not meet the requirements?

  3. Myles Jarvis on December 18, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Thankyou for clearing this up! I bought a Mavic Mini a few months ago but have been nervous about where, what and when I can fly this. I do plan on becoming certified for larger drones, especially after watching all of Don’s videos. I used to fly large gasoline helicam systems before the drone biz killed it (ugh) The good old days! There were no regulations in those times. I have flown r/c for over 37 years–everything from helicopters to turbine jets and everything in between. I consider myself a very disciplined and professional in the r/c industry….but the little Mavic mini had me nervous! LOL No longer! 😀

  4. John van Gurp on December 18, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    This is extremely helpful to me as a brand new Mavic Mini owner. Thanks so much for demystifying it and putting it in such clear and easy to understand terms. Cheers!

  5. Kyler Jones on December 18, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    I notice VLOS is mentioned specifically in this video. I think my question is answered by your overall message but I thought I’d ask: this means VLOS is not required to fly the Mini…right? I’d like to be able to use my Mini on job sites for inspection which would mean flying around walls or above roofs at times. Thanks!

  6. Canamanik66 Nik on December 18, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    So there aren’t "Any" no fly zones, including height restrictions. Except national parks, airports, prisons and military installations that are obvious?

  7. HouSSeM Zouaghi on December 18, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you for the awesome content, I would like to know if I can publish my sequences recorded by mavic mini online and monetize them without certificate ?

  8. daM Mad on December 18, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Also known as stupid ! hahaha I love it !

  9. DMS on December 18, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    I think it’s worth mentioning that you aren’t allowed to fly any kind of drones inside Provincial Parks. I have considered buying the Mavic Mini as I hike a lot but then I read in Parks Canada’s website that you aren’t allowed to fly any kind of drones. Period. Bummer, but understandable.

  10. phil robertson on December 18, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Great Info ..thanks

  11. Canamanik66 Nik on December 18, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    I’ve had my Mini for a week. I live in Calgary so I kept driving to places that "Airmap" (drone restricted airspace app) told me I was free to fly in. Now I realize I don’t have to. That’s great news. But I’m not going to be stupid.

  12. NEK on December 18, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Thanks for this video though, just a question here: Controlled Zone (Airspace) and Red Zone is the same? So, can Mavic Mini flies in a Red Zone? Thank you

  13. stallman liu on December 18, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Hey Don, I think there are rules for drone less than 250g:
    You should:

    Keep your drone below 122 metres (400 feet) in the air – approximately a 30-storey building
    Keep your drone where you can see it
    Avoid advertised events

  14. D S on December 18, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you for video

  15. GrowthGuided on December 18, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    So if you keep it below 120 m you can still be within the victoria airport zone and harbour zone???? Thanks for the info

  16. Sean Murrell on December 18, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    What about in CLASS E airspace outside of the airport well off the approaches? It says 0 to 2000ft AGL

  17. D.R. W on December 18, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    I’m having a lot of trouble determining if I can do a Mavic mini roof inspection of one of my buildings that stands within 5 km of an airport. Municipal/Federal confusion.

  18. JH on December 18, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    You may want to add in your description that micro drones still have hobby pilot rules:

    Keep your drone where you can see it at all times
    Fly below 122 meter (400 feet) above the ground
    Keep your drone at least 30 meters (100 feet) away from bystanders
    Do not fly near emergency operations or events, such as forest fires, parades or concerts
    Keep your drone 5.6KM ( 3 miles) away from airports, 1.9KM (1 mile) away from helipads
    Acquire authorization to fly in controlled airspace
    Do not fly anywhere near other aircraft

  19. Simon Ghantous on December 18, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you for the information. I got my dji mini yesterday and i was a bit scared to fly it. Now i feel comfortable flying it. And i do have a mavic air too. But I’m going to fly my mini. Thx bud 🍻🤜🤛

  20. Scuba Travel and Adventure on December 18, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    I have something to share, I just was in Banff Alberta Lake Minnewanka I see a dude visiting from BC taking his Mavic mini on a visitor Parking lot near on the Lake. Starts flying over people and cars. I come politely to him telling hime it is illegal to fly in the park and over people and asking if he is familiar with CDN drone regulations, he tells me that is mini and rules don’t apply keeps on flying, I told hime to get familiar with the rules but he did not seem to care people like that will destroy freedom of flying a drone under 250 g and take away the fun for others that follow the regulations. Even do you don’t need the pilot license you should be familiar with basic regulations where and when you can fly safely

  21. Kevin O'Neill on December 18, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    shouldn’t 900.06 also include wildlife e.g. flying over birds nesting

  22. Kat E-M on December 18, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    This video is exactly what I was looking for! I’ll likely still take the exam later on (I have more than a paperclip’s worth of accessories I want to eventually add on) but this is video’s brought peace of mind until then. Thanks a bunch, Don!

  23. Gabes on December 18, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    So are we technically allowed to fly in controlled airspace?

  24. SHIYU ZHANG on December 18, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks a lot! Hey Don I have 2 more questions:
    1. Can I fly up to the height limit of mavic mini (should be 500m) in Canada?
    2. With propeller guard on, it’s over 250 grams, then do all the rules apply again? If so I’d not put the guard on.

  25. BenMattRadd on December 18, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    I’m pretty sure they aren’t allowed in Class F controlled zones though

  26. Thomas Mcphee Videographer on December 18, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Brilliant video don, really enjoyed it. Check out my channel if you get the chance. You might like it……subscribed 👍😊

  27. LostInTheElectricalAisle on December 18, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    for commercial drone operators:
    PIPEDA doesn’t apply if you’re collecting, using or disclosing personal information for purposes that are:

    for not-for-profit organizations or charities

  28. Joe Friday on December 18, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks Don. Great video.

  29. hurleyvcr on December 18, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Some controlled airspace can extend from the surface up and extend into an area that somebody wants to use their mini that could very well be in their own back yard, would this restriction also apply to the mini?

  30. Yuanxue Ma on December 18, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Hey Don thanks for ur video. Just wanna ask can mavic mini be flown in regional park?

  31. Scuba Travel and Adventure on December 18, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Hi Don another great video just pulled the trigger and bought the mini. I bought just to get some family air video and to add few bits to my motorcycle rides. This is my first drone, few questions to stay legal, if the dji app says takeoff permited not in National Park or air space im assuming i am safe as long as my Mini is in the line of sight? Thinking of purchasing your app will that give me additional benefits where i can fly safely not breaking the rules? I live in Calgary Alberta and do travel to BC sometimes will the app tell me if it is safe to fly i see a lot of positive reviews and I do not want to break any rules and pay fines. Tried taking basic exam failed it lol lots of terminology that i don’t understand as English is not my first Language but probably will try again as I Learn a bit more as I like to know more then needed to operate safely and follow guidelines as much as possible. I love this addition to my photography gear and YouTube Channel.

  32. EVAC KARMA on December 18, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    A karen told me I cant fly my mavic mini in residence so I’m just making sure it’s legal which it is

  33. Aerosnapper on December 18, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Don – not to be contentious – but I think it would be worth drawing the attention of Mini operators to the following section in the AIM – "If CAR 601.04 – IFR or VFR Flight in Class F Special Use Restricted Airspace or Class F Special Use Advisory Airspace, 601.16 – Issuance of NOTAM for Forest Fire Aircraft Operating Restrictions, and 5.1 of the Aeronautics Act restrict the use of airspace to all “aircraft”, they therefore apply to micro RPAs as they are considered aircraft under the Aeronautics Act and CARs. For more information, see RAC 2.8.6 Class F Airspace in the TC AIM."

  34. Loufi7 on December 18, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Is the video still relevant?

  35. Chris Kotsopoulos on December 18, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Hey, Don. This is a great video! Is there official documentation online that says you can fly this drone over people/traffic/private property responsibly? I’m still nervous to do such things without having something official online I can show someone on my phone if I’m given any trouble.

  36. John Galea on December 18, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Very informative, oh and amusing … Thanks!

  37. John Parly on December 18, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Canada, UK, US: implements new rules and some people think they are "TOO EXTRA"
    DJI: Hold my coffee
    **DJI launches the Mavic Mini**
    DJI Buyers: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner 😎

  38. Major Xbot on December 18, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Hi Don,
    I’m a new drone pilot (Mavic mini)
    At this time I do not have even a basic drone license. That is why I bought the Mavic mini.
    I intend to eventually get licensed in hopes of making a living with drones.
    But for now , am I legally allowed to make money using a Mavic mini to take photos & videos
    for people ? (EG: a friend has a roofing business, can I put together a video & photos of his work for him to use to advertises his business ?) or do I need to get some licenses first ?
    And if you could point me to the info that I should Begin with, in this new task that I have set for myself, that would be very appreciated.
    Oh & yes I will be getting the "Drone Pilot Canada" app
    Although it is my understanding that where I am, in the Inter-lake reign of Manitoba, Selkirk area.
    The closest airport is St. Andrews, then Winnipeg, I am allowed to fly in this area, according to the transport Canada website. Am I correct ?
    Point me to first base coach, tell me where to start please & thanks.

  39. krunal rajyaguru on December 18, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    If u are a international worker can u still fly a drone under 250 gm like mavic mini without any permission?

  40. Jair Vélez on December 18, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Hi! What about if I’m resident permanent in Canada, I can’t fly a Mavic 2zoom?
    Thanks for yours videos and info!

  41. Jon Brierley on December 18, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    I find it somewhat ironic that the rules designed to make it safer are forcing people (myself included) to favour less capable drones over those that weigh slightly more but are arguably safer. Single IMU over redundant IMUs, no collision avoidance over multi-direction avoidance. Less robust components over heavier-duty ones. 10 kmh less less wind tolerance over a slightly heavier one… you get the picture. IMHO a drone like the Mavic pro that weighs under a kilo is safer to operate under the microdrone rules than the Mavic Mini is… but I now fly the mini over the pro most times. I believe the old 1kg guideline limit was far more reasonable. Just another example of the wrong people making the rules and bureaucracy run amok.

  42. Babar Masood on December 18, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Bought it a month ago it’s really good for it’s size and footage is amazing but I’m looking to upgrade in 1-2 years

  43. XI XI on December 18, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    I couldn’t find any rules about this: can I fly the drone on ski facilities? does it count as likely to endanger the safety of any person?

  44. Lucas Candy on December 18, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you for finally answering the question "can I fly closer to people" question.

  45. Palmieri TV on December 18, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    I want to buy the mavic mini but I’m worried that when he goes to weigh it it will be exactly 250 or 251grams

  46. HereAfter Media on December 18, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    I’m curious if you’ve looked into Drumheller. It sounds like they’ve passed a bill to make flying inside the municipality totally illegal. That being said when the law was passed this sub 250 drone didn’t exist

  47. Jason Mulder on December 18, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    As a MM flyer or "pilot" I have dug deep into the transport canada postings for drones under 250g. Unfortunately the regulations are very difficult to translate into fact. Id like to see a video that shows these regulations specifically. There are may odd wordings it makes the head spin. My conclusion is the the regulations as you have pointed out in this video are stated in a manor that states the rule without clearly stating it. The main posting that states the rules as mention in the video can be found in Subpart 3-Special Flight Operations-Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems: Prohibition Section 903.01. Its strange that the regulation for micro drones in in this section. Again saying the regulations without saying it. This is why municipal drone laws have not been challenged in court. Too confusing. FYI: Costco currently is selling this item. Someone will screw this up for everyone.

  48. Matthew Milne on December 18, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    Great video with some great points. Look forward to learning more before I buy one.

  49. KyleGreer on December 18, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    You should update the description with the updated rules.

  50. Hatch Media on December 18, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Hey Don,

    Just checking in to see if these rules are still relevant and nothing has changed. Am I able to fly this drone, with no issues (I do have my basic license) for real estate photo/video in Canada in controlled airspaces, as long as I’m not reckless?

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