The Mavic Mini – The Rules You Need to Know.

With the DJI Mavic Mini coming in at a very light 249 grams, are there different rules that apply when flying it? Are there any rules at all? This video discusses the most important rules you should know when flying the Mavic Mini.

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*Please note: if you have the LumeCube strobe attached to the Mini, it surpasses 250grams, requiring registration. (Yes, I know it’s a mess, but that’s how it stands)

*Also, the “flying over a canyon” scenario is highly debated. We honestly have no true answer. Just speculation from many people. When it doubt, go with the safest practices.

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  1. Chris GT on August 8, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Thanks for the video – interesting to know that in Australia 🇦🇺 the rules are the same with the exception one – we can’t fly the drones at night. There are changes coming in 2020 where all drones regardless of size and purpose need to be registered and licence will be required.

  2. EDM AB on August 8, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Thanks for great info

  3. Random Center360 on August 8, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Thx nice vid

  4. Dolphin Productions on August 8, 2020 at 9:46 am
  5. Teddy Flood on August 8, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Good thing my ground drone has no limits. As far as I can dig! 🇺🇸

  6. Dad's From a Distance Ron Jon Timmons on August 8, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Who’s going to enforce the "rules" cops??

  7. HDR School on August 8, 2020 at 9:47 am

    The light on top of the drone would screw up the footage. For real.

  8. Robert Andrews on August 8, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Thank you for this video.

  9. Kenneth PECK on August 8, 2020 at 9:48 am

    show me 1 case involving a mavic mini that has hurt anybody……ill wait

  10. Cody Alan de la Torre on August 8, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Oh no…

  11. Raytheonx on August 8, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Serious Question VLOS If using the DJI Goggles does that mean your breaking the rules as soon as you take off???

  12. Carlos Merighe on August 8, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Summary: You can’t fly it.

  13. Craig Garcia on August 8, 2020 at 9:52 am

    ok. grandma

  14. Haakan Sten on August 8, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Remember to show some respect for nature. Wild animals and (nesting) birds get scared of drones

  15. LW II on August 8, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Complete waste of time, he holds you captive to tell you the sky is blue, its like one of those click here articles, you keep clicking and there is never anything good once you get to the end and he has wasted 10 minutes of your time, what he could of told you i. 15 seconds

  16. moses brown on August 8, 2020 at 10:00 am

    can I fly a mavic mini without registering it online first, out of the box??

  17. Kyle H on August 8, 2020 at 10:00 am

    So basically just jeep it in the box and dont fly….. so if I go 401 feet above the ground are the sky police going to come arrest me?

  18. blair elander on August 8, 2020 at 10:01 am

    All good rules and and a basic exam is a good idea.

  19. StilettoSniper on August 8, 2020 at 10:01 am

    @51Drones Good job on this video, you called it like it is and explained it all clearly and in terms everyone can understand. Many may not LIKE what you stated in this video, but you are 100% factually correct. It is absolutely amazing how many people think that by not registering your drone, you are insulated from following FAA regulations and cannot be tracked down or identified. In reality, nothing can be further from the truth. Keep it up!

  20. Memes Entertainment on August 8, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Thnak you for the tips

  21. icedeamon on August 8, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Very informative video. Up here in Canada we have a different set of rules, but I got a funny feeling those will in time trickle down to US (ex Canadian regulations require pilots to demonstrate flight proficiency for advanced operations) – kind of makes sense you wouldn’t give out a driving licence to a trucker without passing some kind of an exam.

  22. Parrot Bill on August 8, 2020 at 10:04 am

    What about flying over private property owned by you or a friend doing nature videos? It would seem no rules should apply other staying under 400ft, but 400ft would be too high for the shots I want to do. Beaver, alligators, and water foul around a pond or marsh.

  23. Quinn Karter on August 8, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Oh, by the way, night flying is the safest flying for a drone. Most planes especially the smaller ones don’t fly at night. There are much less people and traffic that need avoiding, and the lights on the drone allow you to maintain line of site much farther than during the day. You put a bright light on a Mavic Mini and you will be able to go long distances , as long as you can see the lights.

  24. Don'tSnortAdderall on August 8, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Glad for this knowledge as I am in the market for my first drone. But now I am wondering where I’ll fly it.

  25. Ken Gosalvez on August 8, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Thank you. I appreciate you taking the time to provide the basic rules of drone flying.

  26. Richard Cole on August 8, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Well I was looking to buy one NO THANKS !!

  27. Brent Turner on August 8, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Does adding the light for night flying change the Mavic mini to an “over 250 grams” aircraft? Does it then have to be registered if you add it?

  28. Incredibly BadVideos on August 8, 2020 at 10:07 am

    8 months later, are there updates on 2020 changes?

  29. Daniel Bergström on August 8, 2020 at 10:12 am

    How Many Drones

  30. Michael Erdmier on August 8, 2020 at 10:14 am

    "Wherever you take off from is ground level" but also "If you take off and fly over a canyon, wherever you took off from above the canyon is not ground level" excuse me, what? Also you can go above 400 feet if you’re flying above anything that may be in your way at 400 feet or lower. The law states you can go 400 feet above anything like that because it’s classified as an "obstacle"

  31. Martyn H on August 8, 2020 at 10:14 am

    The 400ft AGL rule is going to be very hard to enforce. In any case I just flew my Mavic Mini up to 230 ft AGL and with my not-so-good 66 year old eyes, it was darn hard to see already. Worried about the wind up there I brought it back down and landed it within a foot of where it took off!

  32. bubba watson on August 8, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Earth definitely flat i do know that! Sun is close, water wont curve contained

  33. kenneth cruz on August 8, 2020 at 10:18 am

    So basically…. don’t fly your drone ….

  34. Jerry Williams on August 8, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Great video. I just ordered my Mavic Mini and was wondering what the laws were. Thanks for posting.

  35. Jack Again on August 8, 2020 at 10:19 am

    VLOS is never maintained, especially with the Mini.

  36. Jim Ward on August 8, 2020 at 10:20 am

    To much government

  37. wolfe1970 on August 8, 2020 at 10:20 am

    You can fly at night, so long as its illuminated

  38. Adventures of Chloe dog on August 8, 2020 at 10:20 am

    I lost mine yesterday in a very windy day was a poor choice I got lucky and found it landed to the left of some water and some weeds 3 miles from my house me to pour choice too windy to try to come back a lost contact but I found it after the cupboard above me which I didn’t know back an hour later a good 15 minute video over on my other channel cowpote podcast I got lucky made a poor choice but anyways good video thank you sir

  39. The Based Update on August 8, 2020 at 10:24 am

    As someone who just got their first drone a few days ago, most of these rules makes sense — even though I didn’t know a few of these. I do have a question about the "Don’t Fly Over People" rule. If you were doing a stereotypical ‘drone selfie’ on a beach and you panned out from were you’re standing out into the ocean for scale, you technically aren’t flying ‘over people,’ but other people are in it. Is that different? Seems like there is a lot of grey area when it comes to other people being in the footage.

  40. al b on August 8, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Wow ! Your opening line described me exactly!

  41. Tatical Droid on August 8, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Before the consumer drones, the RC plane players are highly aware of their responsibility, now so many people ignore the rules even they are written in the Apps and manuals.

  42. Omar Al Khatan on August 8, 2020 at 10:28 am


  43. Whit10mm on August 8, 2020 at 10:29 am

    The " Commercial pilots" are the ones that ruined the hobby for people. Remote controlled aircraft, helicopters and others have been around for 40 years or more with no problems. When the Smart drones came about and people started charging for services and doing stupid things with them the government got involved. I really wish they wouldn’t call themselves commercial pilots. Most of them couldn’t get a J-3 Cub to even track straight down the taxiway.

  44. Quinn Karter on August 8, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Build your own drone, no rules, no records. Oh, speaking of night flying. You can travel super far distances if you can see your drones lights. Line of sight is easier at night with super bright lights. One thing that is stupid about the 400 ft rule is, if you fly away and there are trees you will soon be unable to see your drone, night or day, and you will lose radio contact as the trees get in the way. To maintain radio contact of a drone, it is often necessary to go higher than 400 ft due to trees and other obstacles, like buildings. The idea of landing a drone when an aircraft is approaching is ludicrous. How do you land a drone, maintain radio contact, and keep line of sight . You just broke the law, to follow a law? What if there is a forest or swamp below you? you can’t land in that crap. If there are trees around a good landing site, you lose radio contact and lose your drone. The drone will not take off and return home, once it has landed. The rules are contradictory. Also, I read somewhere that 400 ft AGL means 400ft from the point of takeoff. That piece of land where your drone took off from is the AGL. Not, where it goes after that, except for mountains and buildings you can go higher. I never could find anything about cliffs. Oh, by the way, how does a drone flying at 200 ft above a first responder situation and 200 ft away horizontally, interfere with their duties as first responders. Do they get mesmerized by a hovering blob in the sky or a light nearby at night. "Oh no ! Run, It’s a UFO".. If an emergency helicopter comes in, just fly lower or away. These laws are ridiculous and virtually impossible to follow. The only way you know if you are flying directly over people is if your camera is facing straight down. So face your camera down and then weave in and out around their bodies. When you get to a street with cars, stop the drone, look straight down, get to the edge of the road and wait until you see no cars, then cross the street at high speed. LOL. Oh, what was that about voyeurism? Um, I think almost everyone on the planet walks around with a camera in their pocket and can take it out whenever they want and film you closer than any drone can. It’s called a cell phone. All they have to do, is pretend they are talking on the phone, while the thing is recording a person nearby. Voyeurism at night with a drone? Who has a camera that can get close enough to a person at night without making a horrible buzzing sound. At night? You can’t do voyeurism unless you have a super powerful, low light zoom camera and a drone that costs about 6,000 bucks or more.

  45. BigFoot on August 8, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Fly the mini at night is illegal without a part 107. Weight rule…

  46. Skid Skid on August 8, 2020 at 10:35 am

    what is a 249 Gram drone going to do to a fucking helicopter? That’s like a Cardinal vs a Hawk.

  47. Kelvin D on August 8, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Love the change of scenery for every rule. Well planned. Probably as good as his flight plan

  48. Philip Geraci on August 8, 2020 at 10:36 am

    Is there a clear definition of "flying over" something. Example. If I’m at an altitude of 200 feet but also 300ft away from the center of the event or traffic accident, am I still "flying over" these things?

  49. Night Society on August 8, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Bullshit you can’t fly around people when there’s almost no chance they can get hurt. What’s next? Mandatory closing of all windows so nothing falls out and hits someone? And a 1000 gram drone would get smashed by a plane or chopper. When has a drone EVER damaged a large aircraft. All these rules are absolute bullshit. Big brother can’t handle flying cameras, might catch them on their bullshit. That’s the real reason for all these draconian “regulations”.

  50. Jose Santiago on August 8, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Thank you for the info.

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