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. AnaJaimz on December 16, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Good to know. I just got my mavic mini and haven’t use it.

  2. Victor Reise on December 16, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Line of sight vs visual line of sight is because with the VLOS they required that the aircraft must be visually distinguishable without aids but with mini drones like the mavic mini this rule doesn’t make sense because the range would be ridiculously small because of their size making them hard to see so with line of sight what they mean is to no go out of the horizon you can see : dont go around a massive building where you cant see the surrounding with your own eyes

  3. StevieWunderKind on December 16, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you for clarifying things for Mavic how Mini owners. I appreciate the information.

  4. Nash Explorer on December 16, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks Don, BTW how about in national and provincial parks in Canada. Are they allowing mini drone to fly?

  5. HowToGuy on December 16, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks Don.. Awesome video and super well explained

  6. Jim Au on December 16, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Don. Very informative. I could not find any video talk about mRPA rules in Canada. Great work. One question: I heard from other youtube video that if mRPA pilot posts video on YouTube to make money, then license/certificate is required. Is that true? If yes, why it is not covered in the AIM?

  7. Dennis Lovelady on December 16, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Good job, Don. I for one am glad they put in the guideline about maintaining that connection with the RC. I was about to cut that cable on mine. Saw your video just in time. A bullet dodged. 🙂

  8. Christian Cantarutti on December 16, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Great video! Thanks!

  9. LuBi Bochum on December 16, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Hey Don, we have new rules here in Germany. Almost no space left to fly….:-( Thanks for your video. Greetings LuBi

  10. Andrew Skowronski on December 16, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Another element they did not specify is an age requirement and parental guidance. Have viewed an 8 year old buzzing around all over the place at 10 feet or less in a public walking space, this type of activity will definately not bring favourable results to future drone enthusiasts. That manual will change for the worse if parents view this as cheap entertainment for Bobby…..!!

  11. MR. NURSE_훈종 on December 16, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Hi, this is a great video that helps us to clarify all the rules fast and accurately. I just wonder how people can drone-shot in national parks such as Banff despite the fact that it is prohibited by the law. Do we have certain areas we can fly drones in national parks?

  12. robert brander on December 16, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks for the Good Information ! ….. My friends cousin lives in a gate controlled residential mobile home trailer park in Canada ….. The Park says No Drone Flying in the park for privacy reasons …… asked to clarity Drone vs toy drone … they said any Drone with a Camera …… is that legal for them Banning under 250 gram toy Drones like the Mavic Mini and Syma X11C ? …. She wants to fly , but doesn’t want to cause Trouble …… Cheers !

  13. John van Gurp on December 16, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks for the excellent information… I’m looking at a Mavic Mini purchase soon and am learning the rules. Your channel is a great resource.

  14. Clement Lo on December 16, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    I live in Toronto area, I really wanted to get a Drone like the mini 2. But as I know, even drones under 250g, I still pretty much can’t fly it anywhere in Toronto. Toronto and the GTA have a park bylaw that I can’t operate any RC aircraft. This really sucks, I live in Scarborough, it is out of any restricted airspace, but parks are still not allow. So where can I go in the GTA to fly this thing?

  15. Howz Channel on December 16, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Have to agree, these are very vague, especially if you are correct that these <250g drones do not have the normal rules of CARS applying to them. ie: not within 30m of people, 3nm of aerodromes, etc. What??

  16. Superman MTL on December 16, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Does that mean Mini and Mini 2 are allowed to fly over downtown area as long as they stay clear of aerodrome ?

  17. Darren Miller on December 16, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    It seems that they are trying to keep it simple for folks who have the money to acquire a wee drone, but not the inclination to dive deep into the AIM or other pubs. Any clarification is good I guess…

  18. Debonair Drone Media on December 16, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    well said, thanks Don!

  19. Elie Nader on December 16, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    first like. great clarifications. thank you!

  20. François Girard on December 16, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks Don, it clarify a few things. As a newly certified drone pilot for advanced operations, I would add that flying near an electrical line might affect the communication between the remote and the drone. It should probably be included in the list of critical infrastructure. Good video, thanks!

  21. T on December 16, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Hey Don, thanks for the video. I am somewhat unclear though. Is it ok to fly a sub 250 gram drone, such as DJI Mini 2 in class C zone (Control Zone Airspace) in Canada? I cannot find a direct answer anywhere.

  22. cities_n_skylines UrbanPhotog416 on December 16, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Great video Don

  23. Adrian Mateo Drones on December 16, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Good afternoon my drone brother Big Don. Thanks sooo much for sharing this video with us brother. Love the commentary. Your information and updates on drones are always much appreciated. God bless and stay safe. Thanks for all you do and please keep flying.

  24. Shivam Gupta on December 16, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    This is such a helpful video! Thank you so much!!

  25. Nitun Das on December 16, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Many many thanks for nice explaining.

  26. Mary-Kate Trembley on December 16, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks for the information. It’s really helpful

  27. Nick Paws on December 16, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    It seems pretty sensible to me. For the most part people are going to fly responsibly anyways because of the price of drones. Do you fly FPV, Don?

  28. Terry Singh on December 16, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Great video. Thank you for the information!

  29. Madhavan R on December 16, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Great video ! You are doing an excellent job at explaining things in a very simple and interesting way. Please keep up the good work.

  30. Paul Reid on December 16, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks again Don, second video I watched on your channel and I am not disappointed. Keep them coming.

  31. Dominic Owens on December 16, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Was so thrilled to see these updates to the AIM when it was published!

    The clarification was certainly needed for those users who aren’t all to familiar with the legal language and structure of certain regulatory information documents.

    I 100%, I found it odd that impaired operation wasn’t mentioned either, while on the other hand disaster or emergency zones is a variable situation.

    In the past I have flown at an active emergency scene, but have always been granted authorization to do so from either the investigating officer, chief on scene, or incident command prior to even unpacking the drone.

  32. Overland Subaru International on December 16, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    wwwwoooow super happy for the info so many thanks for your work

  33. Tom S on December 16, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    direct line of sight is maybe between transmitter and receiver of the drone not visual

  34. Sean Murrell on December 16, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks for the update. So the mini I’m about to fly soon is fine in Class E airspace SFC to 2000ft AGL? Obviously I’m not going to be on the approaches and these are far from the airport in the area. I’m going to keep within the Mini’s default height limit and whatever other limits. Then other than your 1st video and what is here I should be fine? When I seen SFC to 2000′ AGL on https://nrc.canada.ca/en/drone-tool/ I guess I was concerned.

  35. Sarah Stephens on December 16, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Very informative. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Red Arrow Media on December 16, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Hi Don, thanks for the video. I just finished uploading a new video on my Mavic Mini and I didn’t know Transport Canada updated their guidelines. Thanks for the heads up.

  37. Jujun Foo on December 16, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Hi Don, I’m planning to buy the mavic mini 2. Is it ok to fly it in the city? Sorry if it’s pretty obvious to some but I’m new to these drone stuffs and I got no idea at all.

  38. Garth Woodworth on December 16, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks for this video and the clarification of the updated official view of small drones.
    You were a little surprised at the tone of the regulations. I think this can be explained because, officially, the small drones are intended to accommodate children, and therefore the new comments are made to be understandable by children.
    I think this is a proper and intelligent official position. I hope the situation stays like this.
    This leniency toward children’s use of drones will enable them to grow up correctly learning how to use them intelligently and safely.
    I have a feeling that the wording is intentionally designed not to criminalize children, but at the same time in a way to be more forceful if adult pilots abuse these rules.

  39. Jorge Abreu on December 16, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    As a recent Mini owner, thanks for the video!!

  40. Alan's Lightroom on December 16, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Hey Don! Nice work! I am an international student who does not hold a citizenship yet. Can I still apply for the advanced pilot certificate?

  41. Steve Coutts on December 16, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks Don! I appreciate all your hard work keeping us up to date. Cheers!

  42. Canamanik66 Nik on December 16, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    I found this video not only helpful but a relief from all the critics who claim to "know" that I’ve been flying in violation because I live near a major airport and am close to a heliport. This clears up a whole lot of questions so I can fly with confidence and defend myself when I get challenged. Thank you for doing the investigation into this.

  43. Fahrizzle on December 16, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks so much for this video. Thought I might treat myself with a Mini 2 for my birthday, and now I’m researching all the rules. Seems like this video answered all of my questions regarding the topic.

  44. Overland Subaru International on December 16, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    im getting my first drone i was hesitating between mavic pro2 and mavic mini 2 but just for the rule for xmas 2020 from me to me MAVIC MINI 2 INDEED SHE MIND hahahah thanks again

  45. EliProduction on December 16, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Hey Don I’m so glad you clarified that the direct line of sight is not required but recommended because when this update came out I was really upset as I fly FPV micro and it often cannot be maintained by VLOS

  46. g.mic_ 05 on December 16, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Great vid 👍🏼

  47. Yoshi Cho on December 16, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Thank you Don for the great video for all drone loving Canadians.
    My question is if we don’t need to file a flight plan and permission at all to fly a drone under 250g. Is it correct?

  48. Pollux Chung on December 16, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    I am getting the mini 2 in spring. Thanks for explaining the details. Really appreciate it.

  49. Gin Ton Hic on December 16, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    Thank you for the useful info. Will have my mini 2 this week.

  50. WM Somers on December 16, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    Super video. I’m about 6 months in with my Mavic Mini and try to fly responsibly. Your video makes it that much easier to figure where I shouldn’t be. Keep up the great work. Next step for me is getting a copy of the AIM book to have in hand so if someone thinks I’m in violation I can show them the Regs.👍

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