I see that the slogan “drones are airplanes” is uttered by all aviation authorities, but if this were true, we would either have similar rights and obligations for drones and their operators as for aircraft, or drones would have been allocated airspace from 0 to 120 m and all other aircraft >120 m, except near runways, heliports or emergency areas. Simple. It is much more dangerous for helicopters and planes to fly below 120m, so why call drones instead? Why are planes allowed to fly over cities and crowds, but not drones (including airplanes, they say)? Instead of difficult classifications, one should simply be penalized if a drone has actually caused damage or injury, regardless of the cause of the loss. This is then the only thing the operator should consider. Nevertheless, the Mavic Mini is the first fully functional camera drone ever made and bypasses the FAA`s registration requirement. It`s great to start; Later, you can easily upgrade to more advanced (and heavier) models once you`re comfortable with all the limitations and requirements. Some drones, including those from DJI, include geofencing tools to identify restricted airspace and obtain take-off clearance if necessary. If you have a model from another make, you can check the FAA`s B4UFLY app (opens in a new window) to make sure your flight schedule is solid and legal. In fact, very unique for hitting a head (people do not stand so close that their relatively small heads are sunk together on a large area like a concert hall), and if it did, it is still unlikely to cause serious damage (should fall fast enough and hit the person directly, not just wiping). There was one study that had this result, and almost common sense if you “do the math” – add up the tiny areas the drone would have to hit (center of the heads), divided by the huge area of the place. And that`s IF it crashed. A lot of ifs.
I don`t think there`s a need to fly over dense crowds, but let`s not inflate the mathematical/objective risk. I thought this story would go on and on or go straight over my head, but it was short and to the point. In short, follow the same guidelines that apply to heavier drones. One notable exception is operations in controlled airspace. For a larger drone, not only must it be registered with TC and have a RPAS operator certificate, but also obtain authorization from NAV Canada, which governs movement in Canadian airspace by manned and unmanned aerial vehicles. Helicopters can also fall, but they can fly, the car can kill a lot of people. No one wants their drone but we`re going to put you in a situation where you`ve decided to use a drone for commercial purposes, which means you intend to sell the gear picked up by the drone afterwards. Plus, you like to live on the sidelines and you decide not to get a remote pilot license because you think playing the bad side will come without consequences.
This “harmless” idea could cost you $1,100 in fines just because you don`t have the license! If your new flying toy weighs less than 0.55 pounds of total weight in flight, you`ll need to follow these basic guidelines, but you`re nowhere near ready to go out and hit the sky. If your drone weighs more, the FAA will be in charge of your flight and you will need to register before flying. The FAA has an age restriction for drone registration, you must be 13 to sign up for recreational flight and 16 to sign up for Part 107 commercial certification. However, once the vehicle is registered, the registered pilot may authorize any licensed person to fly. The FAA TRUST certificate is required of all amateur pilots, there is no age limit, but you must be old enough to read, write, and understand the training to pass the test. Cool toy that most people buy to collect dust. If you literally follow all the rules, there`s almost no place where you can legally drive these things. DJI`s promotional videos probably required a number of permits to transport people, around the city, etc.
In my area, most public places are off-limits to drones, no matter how small, not just parks. This pretty much leaves your garden behind if you live 5 miles from an airport and hope your neighbors don`t care. If you want to use the Mavic Mini for commercial purposes in the US, which means you want to receive compensation for the work done with your drone, you must register the drone and have your Part 107 certification. Personally, I recommend Remote Pilot 101 for easy and affordable training. There is, of course, a conundrum that comes with following the rules.