How the Canadian RPAS Rules Apply to the DJI Mini 2: What YOU Need to Know!

The DJI Mini 2 is the latest sub-250g drone from DJI. This video tells you precisely how the Canadian RPAS (drone) Regulations apply to this drone, and answers many Frequently Asked Questions. I also provide clear guidelines for safe and legal operation of this extremely capable drone.

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Further information about how the Transport Canada regulations apply to sub-250g drones can be read in the TC AIM (Aeronautical Information Manual), RPA chapter, here: https://tc.canada.ca/sites/default/files/2020-10/aim-2020-2_rpa-e.pdf

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50 Comments

  1. Canada Points Guy on March 23, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Great video @Don Joyce. I imagine these rules also apply to the original DJI Mavic Mini?

  2. Daniel Gallant on March 23, 2021 at 12:34 am

    I am a lawyer, and new to droning.

    Your videos are great for food for thought. I am debating on returning Mini 2 for a larger model…but, there are additional responsibilities, generally described in your videos.

    I am curious about the in person flight test for advanced pilot certificate for droning, and whether I need to travel to do this – as I am in northern bc.

    You are helping me come to a logical decision…not there yet, lots to consider.

  3. Parjesh R on March 23, 2021 at 12:35 am

    So wait.. I have a mini 2… I typically never exceed 120m. But am I allowed to sometimes? Like how far can I push it you think? I’m far from any NFZ. Also how far out of line of sight can I go? Sometimes there are trees around me. Also my eyesight sucks I can’t even see it when it’s right above me, so like then what? 🤔

  4. dantech1 on March 23, 2021 at 12:35 am

    I was going to download the APP to see where I can and can’t fly, but the cost of the APP is $179.00 !! Seriously ?? No wonder people break the rules.
    In your first video, you mention that the Mavic Mini can be flown just about anywhere as long as you don’t do anything to endanger people, but yet on the NRC drone site, places like the whole city on Toronto is highlighted in red as a no-fly zone. In your video it states that the Mavic mini does not even qualify as being a "basic" drone so it doesn’t need to follow these rules, yet the NRC site makes no mention of sub 250 gram drones.
    I’m more confused now as ever.

    https://nrc.canada.ca/en/drone-tool/

  5. Boeing 898 on March 23, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Finally passed my basic. Are the rules and regulations in the USA similar if I decide to take the FAA license.

  6. Binh Dan Doi Song My on March 23, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Hello my new friend, wonderful the video , very nice information , thank you for sharing, happy weekend ❤️

  7. Purple Girl on March 23, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Very helpful information and so simple to consume. Thanks Don.

  8. Pinetree Line Productions on March 23, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Awesome information Don for those who have bought or want to buy the Mini 2! Thanks brother!

  9. David Burrows on March 23, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Awesome as always. I tell all my drone friends about your channel. Thx so much!

  10. Mike Seto on March 23, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Hello Don. About to pull the trigger on a Mini 2 but do you or anyone here know what the final weight will be on this drone once a typical ND filter is put onto the drone? Most likely will need to shoot video and photos with a filter. Thanks for the video. Just sub’d.

  11. Joanna Gray on March 23, 2021 at 12:46 am

    i just bought a mavic mini and already have buyers remorse hearing everyone talk about how good the mini 2 is ☹️

  12. Joseph Savage on March 23, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Incredible information in a time that makes a plethora of information available, but valuable information hard to come by.
    I have one question for you sir.
    I see pretty much the whole of toronto there is a ban on basic flight operations. Based on the video this drone doesn’t fall under this category, however the red circles are rather daunting.
    Would I be okay to carefully fly this small drone anywhere downtown?
    Thanks for all your help!

  13. Mario Carvajal on March 23, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Thanks Don! You are extremely clear, I appreciate this video a lot.

  14. Bob 078 on March 23, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Thanks so much for your videos. I’m a newbie with a mini 2. I’ve read and continue to study a lot of regulations preparing for the basic exam but your videos, such as this one, put it all in a much clearer perspective and help to ensure safe flying within the regulations.

  15. Elshad Aliyev on March 23, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Hi Don 🙂 I have one question, are parks listed on toronto.ca site are municipal parks? (https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/parks/index.html) If yes, can I take-off near the park and land near the park (but fly over it) with my mini2?

  16. Thanawat Sa-ngiam on March 23, 2021 at 12:53 am

    very useful information thank you

  17. RecreationAutomotive Garage on March 23, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Great video thank you.
    What about RC planes and helicopters do they follow the same rule? As They don’t have camera on them

  18. Xris M on March 23, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Great video! Thank you for explaining everything so well!

  19. Chris Carson on March 23, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Don’s guidelines: No! 😉

  20. schulerruler on March 23, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Great Video! Exactly what I was looking for. Picked up my mini 2 about a month ago and I’m loving it! Subbed so I can see what’s next!

  21. rick racine on March 23, 2021 at 1:00 am

    THX for the info only problem i have with the drone rules is that you cannot fly in parks as you mentioned ,thats were most people fly their drones at least i do anyway ,that being said I’ve not had a problem yet with authorities more over i live next to a police station ,but i make double sure im in compliance with the rules & laws as best as i can , and common sense goes a long way

  22. Teddy Roosevelt on March 23, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Buying and flying a drone in Toronto seems pointless unless I’m missing something. The entire city is a red zone

  23. Sanchit Sukhija on March 23, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Thanks Don, appreciate it!

  24. Sieva Kimajeŭ on March 23, 2021 at 1:02 am

    I was reading all these articles and regulations and couldn’t understand whether they applied to sub-250g drones or not. I live on the edge of a controlled airspace (Class C), 8km from the airport, and was thinking of getting an advanced operations certificate, that I don’t need apparently.

    Your video answered all my questions, Don. Thanks a lot!

  25. TheJeffstera on March 23, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Thanks Don – your a Canadian Drone treasure! Being new to Drones I have found your content to be a god send! I like your approach "if all drone users behave the restriction will stay reasonanble’

  26. Dave Stredulinsky on March 23, 2021 at 1:04 am

    An excellent update on the Canadian RPAS rules and how they apply to sub-250 gm drones and excellent additional suggested guidelines on flying sub-250 drones safely. Thank you for sharing my friend.

  27. Overland Subaru International on March 23, 2021 at 1:04 am

    you just save my chrismas wow that super good

  28. Hans Hinterschinken on March 23, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Good information that anyone should be able to understand!
    One question (I hope you still come back here for feedback): not being a Canadian citizen currently visiting, are there any requirements in the sub 250g class for foreigners to register with Transport Canada like there is for the bigger drones?
    Thanks!

  29. Ron Hassman on March 23, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Excellent video very informative Thank you.

  30. Medicating With Steve-O on March 23, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Hey Don. New pilot here, got my Mini 2 and am ready to get started with aerial photography. Got filters on the way and everything, super excited to fly and make some side money doing it. I love that there’s really only one regulation to follow too, I really didn’t want to have to take a test so when I found the mini 2 had just came out I had to get one. I just wanna know your opinion on something, would it be best to get Drone Pilot Canada on my IPad that I fly with and switch between dji fly and it or should I get it for my phone as a "dedicated second screen" so to speak? Not sure if I wanna be switching apps while flying or not 🤔

  31. Patricio Garcia on March 23, 2021 at 1:11 am

    Thanks for the video. I have a question, if you are not a Canadian resident, can you fly the DJI Mini 2? Thanks

  32. Overland Subaru International on March 23, 2021 at 1:11 am

    my question is more about people fly above them mavic pro2 or mavic mini 2 in theorie it the same for both of them like familly camping or beach would you clarify…. it just for exemple gang of off road vehicule like mine going in the wood my croud will be happy for my video no problem but if this legit for both ???

  33. Michel Chevrette on March 23, 2021 at 1:11 am

    One little question, If I don’t register my DJI Mini 2 with Transport Canada and then add a camera filter on it (meaning it will be in the 250g and more category), I then will have to register it as you well explained. And subsequently, if I register it and fly without any add-on (249g) will I be subjected to the rules for 250 plus drones or not? Since it will have been registered and having a C-xxx number on it…
    Autrement dit, can it switch categories depending of its total weight once it is registered?

  34. ibar_rider on March 23, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Thanks great video

  35. jeziel pama on March 23, 2021 at 1:15 am

    Hi Don. Just recently purchased my mini 2. Can I fly my drone 400ft in GTA? Thanks don!

  36. Vynle Shmynle on March 23, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Where would one find a list of municipal parks that will allow drones like the mini 2 to take off and land in.

  37. André Paquet on March 23, 2021 at 1:18 am

    Again a very complete video on the subject Thank you. My question is about national parks. I know we can’t fly in these parks but I tried to find the text in the Law, AIM and CAR documents with the ctrl F 🙂 function without success. I read this information on the Parks Canada website ” All Parks Canada places are “no drone zones” for recreational use. Please leave your drone at home. ” Is there a legal document for this? Thank you

  38. Philippe Kaplo on March 23, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Hi Don, thanks for your videos. They are very useful. I have a concern with flying Mini 2. I live in Montréal and have been taking some nice footages in the city. I have built more than 1 year experience in flying Mini 1 and 2 and I fly it always safely and never had any issue. I shared a video recently on social media in Downtown Montréal. I never got any No fly zone there in the app. Could you please inform me if flying mini 2 in downtown area like Montréal is fine as long as I respect the basic rules? Thank you and your response is really appreciated ✌️

  39. Kelvin Smith on March 23, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Very informative video, Thanks!

  40. Gary Sanocki on March 23, 2021 at 1:20 am

    Hi I fly both a Mavic Dual and a Minin 2, thanks for your vids, helped with lots of confusion. I do fly both drones and fixed wing Aircraft for search and rescues, mostly under RCMP or JRCC guidance, I also fly both at the farm for scouting ect. 

    With the mini am I legally restricted to line of sight? 

    80% of what I need to do myself or for SAR would require BVLOS, I know I can apply for SFOC but normally it’s a we need the drone up now kinda thing. And usually after-hours. And normally it’s flight over unpopulated areas. I see there are possible amendments coming to allow for such flights, but as is now what are my options? 
    Thanks again and again I must stress what we are needing and asking to do are done with upmost care and safty, under RCMP control and we know all the local ATC controllers by name and have all the contacts we need to do so safty including notams and even closing runways in emergancys.

  41. Daniel S. Bedard on March 23, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Hi Don, you’re my bible for flying my DJI Mini 2… If I succeed being under 250g, can I fly my M2 at night in Canada with a Lume Cube?

  42. Jma. 82 on March 23, 2021 at 1:22 am

    Great information ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  43. Overland Subaru International on March 23, 2021 at 1:23 am

    serious IM SO HAPPPPPYYYYYYY !!!! MANY Thanks

  44. Ewan MacKenzie on March 23, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Thanks Don, I was wondering what regulations apply to the Mini 2. You cleared that up, Thanks. I feel a lot of Mini 2 pilots think they can fly anywhere with out any ramifications! You also answered another one of my burning questions in this video, it was regarding the difference in no fly zones between the DJI software and the Canadian Drone Pilot app. I also had a chuckle when you said it was easy to get your Basic Drone Pilots Licence. I found it a lot of work and a lot more knowlege required than I expected. Having said that I do feel that I have a greater understanding about air space and avaition safty, which helps keep everyone safe. I did use a lot of your videos to study for the exam and for that I must say a big Thank You. Keep up the great work, very much appreciated.

  45. Querencia.tv on March 23, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Awesome Work ✌️

  46. Torki Khalid on March 23, 2021 at 1:27 am

    Hello Don, a little off the mini 2 topic. I find it ironic how me as a foreign person in Canada was able to become a licensed commercial pilot by Transport Canada but I can’t get an advanced drone pilot certificate from them LOL. I was planning on getting a better drone & an advanced license to go with it. But with TC’s rule my plan fell apart & I guess I’ll stick with flying planes 🥲

  47. Robert Gallant on March 23, 2021 at 1:28 am

    Again thank you for clarifying the regulations on mRPA. I hate figuring out legal mumbo-jumbo, I just want to follow it the best I can.

  48. Andrew Jarman on March 23, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Thanks for trying to clarify these regulations for micro drones. I’m not sure the regulations on micro drones (under 250g) are very clear – definitely not as black and white as they’ve made all the other regulations…it’s kind of annoying. I’m getting a Mini 2, and definitely want to follow the regulations – but at the same time, the drone selection tool/map shows “red zones” for just 250g-25kg (basic and advanced) not micro drones, and the TC site says for micro drones to “Stay far away from aerodromes, water aerodromes, and heliports”. Stay far away. Well that’s clear. Doesn’t say 3nm. Doesn’t say 1km. Just “stay far away”. A good chunk of Calgary is in the red on that map, however Calgary’s own bylaw allows use in “Open space in a regional park (in compliance with the aforementioned Not Permitted list), Community parks, Playfields when not in use” To add to the confusion, that Not Permitted list includes things like “Any natural area”, and then also lists several of Calgary’s larger parks. Between TC and municipal regulations, they’ve done a poor job of being specific about this. Either that or I’m missing something.

  49. Alain Thibodeau on March 23, 2021 at 1:30 am

    National and provincial park could be great place to make beautiful pictures. Why? What is the reason for being restrictied area? Fire in case of crash? Hitting birds in flight? Why? Just want to understand their logic.

  50. Angus Wong on March 23, 2021 at 1:32 am

    Hi Don, Can I confirm that does that mean when the Drone Tool from NRC says "Airport.Basic drone operations are not permited within the 3 nautical mile zone indicated by the red circle."and "Part of the selected shape overlaps with a Control Zone, and a Class F Restricted or Danger Airspace, and a Certified Airport/Heliport. Basic RPAS operations are not permitted in those areas" This does not apply to Mavic Mini 2 owners? Thanks

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