Mavic Mini When do you need to register?
Well this is one of those topics that seems to cause a lot of confusion, in this short blog post we will shed some light on what you need to do and when you need to do it
About the Mini
The Mavic Mini and Mini 2 are some of the lightest consumer drones that DJI have released so far and a great way to get into flying Drones and Remote Control aircraft as they boast some great specifications and features but also have a lot of inbuilt safety features that will help to keep things flying smoothly as you learn the ropes.
Just bought yourself a Mini?
Right before you go out and fly there are a few things that you must do to ensure you not only operate safely but also legally
What you want to do is to head over to the https://register-drones.caa.co.uk/ website and do a couple of things.
Register drones is where you can gain access to the DMARES (Drone and model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme), as of 30 November 2019 it became law for those that fly certain types of drone and model aircraft to complete a few things.
How does this effect the Mavic Mini at 249g?
This Is one of the bits that has caused some of the confusion as when the new UK UAS regulations came into effect on the 31st December 2020 a change was made that had an impact on some Drones and model aircraft under 250g
The Mavic Mini and Mini 2 being one of these
If you were to head over to the “find out if you need to register page” – HERE You can find some useful information that can be used on all drones and model aircraft not just if you need to register a Mavic Mini if you have one.
Towards the bottom of the page you will find some clarification on what classes as toy and another point of note.
What about the flyer ID?
Even though you don’t need a Flyer Id for a standard Mavic Mini or Mini 2, here at INFRATEC Drones we’d highly recommend that you read through the materials and take the exam in the interest of keeping yourself and other safe and legal.
After all it is a free exam and valid for 5 years from issue.
See in the weight requirements section the difference between under 250g and above, this is something to bear in mind if you have any accessories that you use on your Mini, the likes of propeller guards, landing gear, filters or skins could very easily take you over the 250g limit.
It's also going to change the distances that you must be from uninvolved persons, congested areas and your ability to overfly, so do think carefully before throwing some accessories onto your Mini.
Can’t do with out those accessories?
You could reduce some of the regulatory issues around taking the Mavic Mini’s flying weight above 250g, While you can’t operate in the A1 sub Category you could still operate in the A1 Transitional category that allows craft up to 500g to be used until Dec 2023
However this would require the pilot to have completed the A2 CofC, more information on this can be found here but in short this would allow for flights in a congested area, however you would still not be able to over fly uninvolved persons.
If you require any additional information on any of the above, please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to assist you.