Can I Fly a Mavic Mini Without a License | JC Drones

The Mavic Pro is a great drone for any beginner. It is the perfect drone to take a test flight before moving on to a bigger more complicated drone. However, before you can fly the Mavic Pro you will need to know the laws and regulations of drone flying in your area.

The DJI Mavic Pro is a brilliant drone but one question that keeps coming up is can you fly this drone without a license. Of course, the short answer is No you can not fly it without a license. But the longer answer is more complicated. So this blog is going to look at why you need a license to fly a drone like the Mavic and how you can get one.

This blog will look at the new DJI Mavic mini drone. It’s a great new toy for any drone enthusiast and you do not need a license to fly it. I know what you are thinking, what about laws, rules, laws and all that, well I’m here to tell you that you can fly it without a license.

Can You Fly a Mavic Mini Without a License?

The Mavic Mini drone by DJI is one of the most widely known drones in the world and has earned its reputation as one of the best drones for beginners in just two years on the market.

Due to its user-friendly design, this little drone has found its way into many camera bags, capturing amazing footage wherever it goes. If you are thinking about getting your own Mavic Mini but aren’t sure if you need a license to fly it, here’s everything you need to know about how to fly without a license.

What you need to know

Under most circumstances, you don’t need a license to fly drones that weigh less than 55 pounds and fly below 400 feet. However, each state can set its own regulations when it comes to flying unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs).

In fact, some states require pilots to have their UAV registration with them at all times when flying, even if they have an FAA pilot’s certificate. If you do need an experimental aircraft certificate for your drone, learn more about those requirements here. Some other things you should know: Flying at night is not permitted, and if your drone weighs more than 55 pounds or flies above 400 feet or over people not involved in flying it is considered commercial use—in which case all certification requirements apply.

Why you should be aware of this

In some countries, you can buy a drone and fly it without any specific training or certification. In others, you need to obtain a license before operating one. Some countries don’t allow drones at all. Other restrictions might include flying within certain limits of an airport or not flying above an altitude that would interfere with airplane traffic.

You should learn as much as possible about local rules for drone use so you can fly safely and legally (and maybe get paid to do so). Keep in mind that just because it’s technically legal doesn’t mean there aren’t still consequences if something goes wrong—ask Raphael Pirker if he regrets flying his drone too close to buildings in 2011.

The regulations on flying drones

Before we get into flying drones, let’s talk about drone regulations. Whether you’re looking to fly commercially or recreationally, there are a few things you need to know. First, commercial drone operators must have an FAA Section 333 Exemption if they want to fly for work (this excludes hobbyists).

The commercial pilot must pass an aeronautical knowledge test and have flown manned aircraft under instrument flight rules before he or she can even take it. Recreational pilots don’t need an exemption and aren’t required to take any tests (of course), but they do need to register their aircraft with the FAA by providing their name, address, and birthdate before flying in certain locations like national parks or downtown Chicago.

How and where can I fly my drone legally?

Buying your first drone can be exciting, but it can also be stressful to know where you’re allowed to fly it. But no matter where you live in North America, there are some basic rules you must follow to fly legally: The operator must have at least 5 miles of visibility of their drone at all times and be able to maintain visual contact with it at all times; and lastly, only fly your drone during daylight hours.

If you’re a professional or commercial pilot interested in flying for money, there are special FAA laws that apply just for you—which is why we recommend hiring an experienced pilot from your local hobby shop!

What happens if you break the rules?

You should be able to fly your Mavic without a license, but it depends on where you’re flying. The FAA allows non-commercial drone operators to fly below 400 feet and at least five miles away from an airport. But if you’re within five miles of an airport, such as in some rural areas, you need to follow rules similar to those of commercial pilots—so yes, technically you would need a license.

There are ways around that though: If flying within that distance requires you to get an air traffic control clearance (or ATC clearance), which generally requires training and passing exams, then instead of getting licensed for day-to-day flight with your drone, you can instead get permission for one special flight via AirMap Permissions or SAM.


We hope you have found this article useful! Regardless of whether you are a beginner or an experienced drone pilot, you can use this list of rules to safely enjoy your Mavic Mini drone. So if you’re interested in purchasing your own Mavic Mini drone, we would be happy to assist you in any way possible.