NEW MAVIC MINI & MINI 2 LAWS IN THE UK 2021 – Fly in town? Is the drone code still valid?

Hello mini pilots,

UPDATE: Since this was published the laws have changed and now you only need and operators ID and NOT a fliers ID to fly you mini as long as it remains below 250g.

Lets take a deeper look at the new EASA laws which will be effecting the Mavic Mini and Mini 2 from the 1st January 2021 and answer your FAQs.
The Drone Code contradicts the EASA laws? Can you fly in a town or London? What is the minimum age for the Mavic mini? Do you need an A2 CofC?

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Thanks for watching and I hope to see you in the next one!

0:00 Intro
0:35 Disclaimer
0:41 Sources
1:02 Overview
1:23 Mavic Mini subcategory
2:52 Drone Registration
3:30 Minimum age
4:07 Where can you fly your drone?
5:24 Drone Code vs EASA
7:27 Flying limitations
8:03 Can you fly your Mini in a town?
8:43 Can you fly in London?
9:40 A2 CofC and Commercial use
13:50 Summary


  1. Gary Groom on January 1, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks for the update Paul
    it does tend to get a bit confusing…Will see what the final outcome is later in the month

  2. Dave Barker on January 1, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Very informative Paul thank you Keep these videos coming. See you in the next one ….

  3. Barney Kennett on January 1, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Nice explanation Paul, thank you…๐Ÿ‘.

  4. Wasdale Man Exploring Outdoors on January 1, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Will these new rules mean that places like the Lake District, national trust ect will follow them or will they still have there own rules? For example you canโ€™t use them in National parks as I understand it.

  5. zeboa on January 1, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Just got my flier id and it says it is valid for 3 years and expiry date is 2025 ๐Ÿ˜

  6. Pete Thomas on January 1, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    hahahahahahaha caa Bob. Thanx for doing all that research Paul when I tried I lost the will to live and gave up. You sir must have the patience of a saint.

  7. David Harle on January 1, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    I’m really confused, I’m wondering how it affects me when using my Parrot Anafi. Thanks for the video.

  8. Gayle Blackie on January 1, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Hello ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m only 4 minutes in and I’m already confused. As I understood it you only need an operators ID to fly the mini under 250g. I thought a flyers ID was for drones 250g+ or something optional if you wish to do it. Do I have this wrong? I’ve read people say this a lot on mavic mini drone groups. I’m just going by what the groups have been repeating but I fear this information is incorrect now. Glad I watched this video if so.

  9. babycharliebrown on January 1, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Thanks for that Paul. Youโ€™ve been busy and have cleared up a few points. I still need to do the online test to register my Mini but I gather itโ€™s quite straightforward. Regards Joe ๐Ÿ‘

  10. Droneverse on January 1, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Nice explanation! Very usefull for when i go there ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. SubduedPenguin on January 1, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Thanks Paul. Great info. I kinda want to go back and watch it again and do a drink every time you say A2 CofC. Might get my head around the laws better that way ๐Ÿ˜‚

  12. Super Nova on January 1, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    The CAA rules are messy. Looks like the who process has been thrown together and you get the honour of being charged for it.

  13. Bigdwazda on January 1, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    From the website it states a drone thatโ€™s not a toy and has a camera only needs an operator ID and you donโ€™t need a flyer ID. I think that table is now out of date

  14. DeeJay9870 on January 1, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Does crowd only mean people who are outdoors? Eg if Im going over a residential area with everyone indoors in their houses, does that still count as overflying a crowd?

  15. TheAthleticsSpot on January 1, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    I just did the test after watching this video, took me around 30minutes and I had no prior preparation and got 36/40 first time. Itโ€™s not hard if anyoneโ€™s worried. Thank you also ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

  16. COAST TO COAST CARAVANNING on January 1, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Great info mate really cool jan ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  17. Mr Messy on January 1, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    You don’t mention in the video if you have to label your drone with your operator ID?

  18. Shaun Madill on January 1, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    The test is now 40 questions, not 20. It lasts five years now instead of three.

  19. porsche964t on January 1, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Thanks Paul, well explained. So adding a skin, lights, carbon fibre props or landing gear would technically put you into A2 territory?

  20. Tony DD on January 1, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Thanks for the info l will register my Mavic mini and take the flyer ID test. l would recommend anyone to check your local council website if the are any
    by-laws regarding flying drones. l checked my council web (chester & cheshire west) have not found anything at the moment. Thanks again for the useful information.

  21. PD Tech on January 1, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Interesting video! It seems registering the Mini and Mini 2 will now bring great benefits on Jan 1st 2021. I was under the impression the DMARES online test didn’t apply to models below 250g and the only requirement to register a 249g or less model, was to read and understand the owners manual? I’ve seen this topic covered in a few other videos. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Ž
    I might be wrong though as the rules and regs keep changing. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜Š

  22. Scott Gallacher on January 1, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    So… I thought I just had to register the drone for ยฃ9, but you mentioned a test?

  23. Mr Messy on January 1, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Honestly, if you take your kid to the park, you should be more worried about your kid getting hit with a cricket ball or mauled by a dog than hit by a drone.

  24. james standing on January 1, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Children under 12

    Children under 12 must be supervised by someone aged 16 or over when flying a drone or model aircraft.
    The only exceptions are when they fly either:

    a toy drone or model aircraft that is marked as C0 class

    a privately-built drone or model aircraft below 250g

    If the drone or model aircraft requires a flyer ID, both the child and the person supervising them must have a flyer ID.

  25. Shaman on January 1, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    If I come to UK on vacation: do I need to register the drone in UK, insure it in UK or take the exam you have for it?

  26. jack sparrow lookalike shaun hammant on January 1, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    hi mate good info i fly a mavic air 2 are rules different and is the a2 course you mentioned any good ?

  27. Dave Martin on January 1, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Heh, Another good video regarding an up-in-the-air (pun intended) subject.

    I was the guy asking the question in the video regarding buying his son a mini 2. I ended up getting him the fly more pack. Hopefully the updated Drone Code will clear some of the contradicting stipulations. As I have to be the drone operator, the lad will be supervised during his flights. We live on the outskirts of a town within the Derbyshire Peaks so, with any luck, it’ll turn out to be a decent hobby for both of us to enjoy.

  28. Joe Ortiz on January 1, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    On commercial flying, you mention insuring the drone. Would it not be more a case of the pilot being insured for public liability? Please clarify. Thank you!

  29. RODPIKER DRONES UK on January 1, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Hi new to your channel great video and information very well done big thumbs up from me and I hit that big Red button cheers ๐Ÿ‘

  30. Josh Rooster on January 1, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Hey Paul! Great video, thanks very much for covering this topic. I just bough a Mini 2 today as my first ever drone, I’ve done a ton of research already and this video helped me a lot too. I just passed the test and got my operator and flying ID like 15 minutes ago. I got 38 answers correct from 40 which isn’t that bad, anyway I wanna ask how to fit the operator ID on the drone and what about the flyer ID? Are they gonna send me a card in the mail or is it just I have to print it out myself?
    Thank you!

  31. Through The Lens on January 1, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Just completed the theory without any revision. 31 out of 40. Not bad. Thanks for the tip. Never knew we needed I.D

  32. james standing on January 1, 2021 at 11:13 pm
  33. Gucci Gang on January 1, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Can I fly my drone over houses but like 500 ft off the ground.

  34. Manuel Perez Galavis on January 1, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Amazinh video!! You really explained it really well!!! Love Bob haha

  35. barrie Williams on January 1, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    I’ve been (safely) flying model aircraft of various types since I was 12, I’m now 83. I will NOT be registering my Mini just because it has a camera on it. Where I live I have not seen a policeman/woman in 15 years & the one I saw then was lost! The world is being strangled by regulations. We will soon all have to have our own personal secretary just to keep up!!

  36. Luke Sayers on January 1, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Hello, thank you for the video. I have a question about Mavic Air 2, this is my current drone, i only fly for a hobby and take photos. Will i need A2A CofC training to just to fly for hobby? Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š

  37. Stuart Eldergill on January 1, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    keep up the good work. The only thing stopping me from taking the course is finance. I believe in taking this hobby seriously.

  38. philip Chambers on January 1, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Hi Paul
    Just watched your latest Video about Registering it you mentioned about flying it 400ft high 120m which i know that’s law you also i believe said you can can fly it only 500ft horizontal from you ?
    I thought as long as you have visual sight of it i.e with you human eyes glasses not your iPhone on the controller there was know limit ?

  39. Pete Sloan on January 1, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks for your video, Paul. Really informative. Iโ€™m completely torn between the Mini 2 and Mavic Air 2. Have you done much research into how the Mavic Air 2 will be impacted by the new rules in Jan 2021? Iโ€™d be really interested in understanding if itโ€™s possible to fly it in a city location and where it falls on the chart you shared (guessing itโ€™s C2 whilst covered by CofC and transitional period) and then itโ€™s C3?

  40. All I want to see and no one shows on January 1, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    All wrong about ID’s for MINI 2, stop confusing people with wrong information…

  41. Lindsay Heyes on January 1, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    The rules are the rules, and eventually the courts will indeed decide on their interpretation. Anyone up for "taking a hit for the team"? Nah… thought not. Very wise.

    I’ve put a link to CAP 722 on my phone’s home screen so I can show it to… whoever… probably me when I’m not sure.

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