New Mavic Mini and Mini 2 Guidelines for Canada! Sub 250 Drone Rules

New Mavic Mini and Mini 2 Guidelines for Canada! Sub 250 Drone Rules

On October 8, 2020, Transport Canada published new guidelines for sub-250g drones like the Mavic Mini, including rules of thumb and clarifications of no-fly-zones. Let’s discuss.

Here’s a link to the RPA chapter of the Oct 8, 2020 version of the Transport Canada Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM): https://tc.canada.ca/sites/default/files/2020-10/aim-2020-2_rpa-e.pdf

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50 Comments

  1. tomatoface181 on September 14, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    What about regular parks national and provincial?

  2. giobikefans on September 14, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Does this mean I have to delete all of my glorious 500 m aerial shots?

  3. YT DRONE on September 14, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    You are the best
    I learn many thing from you
    Huge thanks again for your detailed explanation.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Be always safe and healthy

  4. Torin Gunnell Digital on September 14, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Hey Don, In Ontario Parks which prohibit the flight of drones, can you fly a sub 250 gram drone there? Or none at all, thanks!

  5. Matthew Elias on September 14, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Don, you won me with this video. You are both thorough and concise and that really helps. Cheers!

  6. Devon Ganss on September 14, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Thank you so much for this! Got my mini yesterday and needed a touch up on the regs

  7. Cristian Talos on September 14, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    I wonder, nowadays, many cities (like Montreal) have implemented laws that prohibit drones take off and landing in their parks. Do you think these kind of rules apply to sub 250 gramms drones? Where are we supposed to fly drones, if it is illegal to take off or land in a park?

  8. harold cook on September 14, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    I have a mRPA and there are a lot of restrictions where I live (Halifax, NS) due to the proximity of heli-pads for local hospitals in our downtown core along with nearby military bases. I went on Transport Canada’s no-fly map and took my drone out to an area that was not marked as restricted. During my flight, I did 4 passes over a bridge with vehicle traffic below. Do roadways and bridges fall under the vague “don’t do anything stupid” guideline? Are mRPAs generally allowed over vehicle traffic?

  9. Trusty E on September 14, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Thank you sir! Great needed info! 🤓

  10. Jus Phone on September 14, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Can we fly in parks?

  11. CrediblePrism on September 14, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks for the video, very informative!

    I’m wondering if I should purchase a Mini 2 or any sub-250g drone. Is it completely exempt from all NFZs except for the ones listen in the AIM that you covered today, or do restrictions still apply for any NFZs?

    Is your recommendation for staying under 30 metres in most NFZs “official”, or should we try to avoid flying in these zones anyway, even if we stay under 30 metres?

    Thanks again!

  12. trantienlan on September 14, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you so much.

  13. Doug Burton on September 14, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    I recently purchased a Mavic Mini 2, primarily for taking footage of my sailboat in various anchorages throughout the BC Sunshine Coast and the Gulf Islands. I feel safe that these areas are all far away from major airports, "critical infrastructure," etc… but float planes do operate throughout most of these areas. Am I generally safe to fly if I observe the guidelines you pointed out in the video? Most notably the 400ft rule? I downloaded the Nav Drone app but I’m finding it difficult to interpret the various shades of red and what constitutes a "warning" vs where drones are forbidden to fly. Thanks in advance – any help/clarity is appreciated!

  14. Andrew Van Beek on September 14, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Another Mini 2 owner here. Very very helpful and re-enforces what I was thinking.

  15. Tom in the North on September 14, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Thanks Don for the clarity on the sub 250 class done. You always do a great job. I just picked up a mini 2 and am having a great time.

  16. F&T on September 14, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    F&T Cheers!!!

  17. Science and Imagination Station on September 14, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    I just got one the other day and I JUST LOVE IT! I never crashed it so far, It’s legal and super easy to fly. I’m practicing every day on it, except on windy days or rain, thunder. I failed the exam TWICE! But I didn’t give up, I just had to save up to fly one, I could fly. I’m Hooked. My big one still works, but nowhere to fly that one.. I’m a Droner now. lol

  18. MuxaH X on September 14, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    all good. now they should increase weigh from 250 to 500gr and everyone going to be happy.

  19. The Werewolf on September 14, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    I think you may be overthinking this and at the same time forgetting that minidrones is a BIG class of devices that run from dumb toys to smart devices with a lot of autonomy.
    The "advertised event" rule is a sop to commercial performance/event operators who dread the idea that they hold an outdoor concert to find the sky over if filled with drones recording the event. More to the point, ALL of those rules are "rules of thumb" not actual enforced rules. They want to promote the spirit of some of the full drone rules because minidrones could be used to cause problems (same reason they want minidrone users to not fly into airplane engines). A minidrone casing a bank is going to result in someone calling the cops and that’s an expense. But they’re not saying "don’t fly near a bank".
    Ultimately, the one rule is the one rule: don’t be stupid.
    Like, you’re allowed to fly over people with a minidrone, but if you fly just out of arms reach of one person and keep circling around him or her – well, you’re not *technically* breaking the rules – but you are being a dick.
    The connection advice is simple: yes, the Mini 2 has a smart controller and is smart enough to RTH all on its own… but a LOT of low end minidrones (like the Parrot Mambo, for example) aren’t – they rely entirely on the controller (ie: smartphone) for flight control. THAT’S who that advice is aimed at.

    As we’ve seen with Covid, no matter how the gov writes the rules, there will be some people who look for every possible loophole and some people who don’t want to interpret and so restrict themselves unnecessarily. The truth is somewhere between.

  20. Director of Unnecessary Projects on September 14, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Hi Don,
    I just bought a Mini 2 and this video (And your others) were exceptionally helpful in clarifying what rules and regulations applied.
    Thank you for your great work on these videos to help clarify what can be an overwhelming amount of information for the new drone owner.

  21. Samphe Brulé on September 14, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    I’ve been trying to find an answer to this question with no luck: Do you need a license for commercial drone photography/videography in Canada? I have a Mini 2 and I’d love to film some stock footage, but I just learned you need a license to sell your drone footage? Anyone have an answer to this?

  22. You Do Go On on September 14, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Great video, Don. Thanks for taking the time to explain the rules. Your video was and is very helpful.

  23. Cameron on September 14, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    you know the funny thing, if you’re a member of MAAC in Canada, you are exempt from part IX in the Canadian aviation regulations! As it says in the letter written to the president of MAAC you can fly anything above 250 g to 25 kg legally with your good standing account! No need to register, no logbooks, no pilots license or training! If I am wrong about this please correct me but from what I’ve read on the Canadian aviation regulations website there’s a link right to the MAAC information! I also even have the letter from Canadian aviation regulations to MAAC Regarding this exemption that started June 1, 2019.

  24. 好厉害 on September 14, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    It says don’t fly over 400ft, what to do if I want to fly in a downtown and take pictures about buildings higher than 400ft?

  25. Marcos La Torre on September 14, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Hi; I just move to canada and I bring with me my Mavic 2 Pro. I’m looking and trying to find how I can get the permit to fly here in Canada. I really need help please. Thank you for any help in advance.

  26. Shawn Turner on September 14, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    I honestly get so confused about the areas to which i can and cannot fly. I live 4km from Waterloo Regional Airport, and until watching this video, I hadn’t flown anywhere in my area because I was thinking I was too close to the airport to even take off at super low altitudes. Thank you for showing me that I can put it up, but with an eye for anything in my area.

  27. MG on September 14, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Great video! Wish I knew how many likes and dislikes this got. This has helped me tremendously!

  28. Andy's Weekly Vlog on September 14, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Great info here. Thank you 👍🇨🇦

  29. Jonathan Waldie on September 14, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    I just got my first drone (DJI Mini 2) and your videos have been an immense help, thank you!

  30. Maxim S D on September 14, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    I have a mavic mini 2 (249g) and I’m having difficulty to figure out if I need a license to use it for commercial use. I would like to use it for some of my clients.

  31. Hoba on September 14, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Hi Don, thanks for sharing your knowledge.
    I’m wondering if we’re allowed to use sub 250 dtones( I have mini 2) in British columbia parks as I see tons of footage from the parks but It’s mentioned in BCparks websites that it’s prohibited. Thank you again and keep up the good work man 🌺

  32. CreativeMode on September 14, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    So… basically your saying if I have a mavic mini or any other drone under 250g i dont need to follow the other regulations (Like getting a license or maintaining flight records…etc) except for the ‘dont do anything stupid’ rule? Awesome video btw!

  33. Aditya Pathak on September 14, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    I have my house inside an Authorization zone. Can you say whether I can fly or not? New to the drone community.

  34. Walley on September 14, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    this explains why the DJI mini 2 does not have waypoints function. it could let you take the drone outside of your controllers radio signal.

  35. Bobby Fischer on September 15, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Don for Prime Minister!!!! Thank you I’m buying my mini 2

  36. christopher britton on September 15, 2021 at 12:02 am

    thanks again, critical information…

  37. youandi06 on September 15, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Awesome video. I currently own a mavic pro. And will be getting a second drone. The mavic mini 2 or mavic air 2. I have my pilot certificate. But I’ve been looking for another drone that my girl can fly with me. I’m in British Columbia

  38. Mike's Mycology on September 15, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Hi Don, what type of lighting is required to fly a mini 2 at night? Is just a lume cube strobe enough, or is position lighting also required? Love your videos!

  39. robert brander on September 15, 2021 at 12:06 am

    What is the legal meaning of Stupid ? …. and how many does it take to Screw in a Lightbulb ?

  40. Eddynazha on September 15, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Does this include restrictions on National Parks for sub 250g drones?

  41. ram dat on September 15, 2021 at 12:10 am

    The don’t do anything stupid part is there for officers to use there own judgement and have a court deal with it..

  42. JamiefromHali on September 15, 2021 at 12:10 am

    It would seem the deliberate vagueness of some of these new micro drone rule additions can lead you to being ticketed and have to defend yourself in court. It leaves too much interpretation for the ticketing officer.

  43. P G on September 15, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Very very helpful! Thanks for sharing your insight Don.

  44. Tommy B on September 15, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Hi Don! Ive just arrived to Canada from the UK and im living in Vancouver. Am I aloud to fly my mavic mini around beach and seaside areas such as kitsilano, so long as im not in the close proximity of people? Thanks!

  45. Emily TestAccount on September 15, 2021 at 12:11 am

    "Don’t do anything stupid, but you can, if you’d like, we’re not going to stop you"

  46. Normand Bédard on September 15, 2021 at 12:12 am

    I am looking at the AIP 15/20 for the Sherbrooke Quebec detention center. It is not officially a Class F restricted done.

    Not sure about what it means legally for the sub 250g. It says authorization is required, nothing else.

    I am aware it is not a good idea to fly in this zone, but would it be legally okay?

  47. Crocus on September 15, 2021 at 12:12 am

    I find it strange that they use the word "avoid" instead of "dont". Rule of thumb ‘B’ "Avoid flying your mRPA above 400ft in the air" Avoid is a terrible word to use, it implies choice. A person can legally avoiding taxes but not evade them.

  48. HuckThis1971 on September 15, 2021 at 12:13 am

    With our large bodies of water, please take note a float plane could arrive at any moment at a low altitude. Use common sense and look out for single engine aircraft!

    The new craze is these stol tundra tire flyers like to fly low and slow and increase risk with tire skipping the water.🙄

    I fly rc aircraft and in the aviation Industry. Use common sense and adapt to your surroundings where you fly!

  49. Charles Dodge on September 15, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Pirate’s Code…..more like a guidelines…sorry could not help it. 😀 1:48

  50. MC on September 15, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Does it mean I can fly drone in Parks? National parks of Canada? Recreational areas? I don’t see any limitations for Mini2 anymore ? Is it correct?
    Thanks for the video!

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