The drone's release Mavic Mini gives DJI Not only surprised you reader for all he has differentials, especially its weight below 250 grams, also surprised the Brazilian authorities responsible for matters related to unmanned aircraft.
The channel Dronemodelismo, who specializes in drone content, contacted Colonel Jorge Vargas of the Brazilian Air Space Control Department to clarify some points regarding Brazilian legislation. He discovered a detail that completely changes the scenery of one of Mavic Mini's biggest differentials, the drone's framing by its weight below 250 grams.
In Brazil the legislation considers the Maximum Takeoff Weight
Brazilian law considers the Maximum Takeoff Weight (PMD) that the unmanned aircraft owns. I will try to explain how understanding as clearly and directly as possible. The Mavic Mini when ready to fly, read the power-on drone awaiting takeoff command, has 249 grams (The aircraft's takeoff weight includes battery, propellers and microSD card), but it can fly with a higher load. This is because it supports other accessories, such as propeller protectors. This naturally causes the weight to exceed 250 grams, and this is the value considered by our legislation. This is a point that will generate many discussions.
I point out that companies don't even report the "PMD" on their product specification pages, just the "Takeoff Weight". Even if the launch in Brazil considered a version without any accessory and consequently the pass of 249 grams, the drone has the ability to fly with higher weight and that is true in our laws, would soon make no difference.
Given this new fact, which is actually not a novelty, as stated in our unmanned aircraft legislation, the scenario changes at a very important point, directly into one of the biggest marketing differences for DJI. Not only for the sake of making the Mini a more popular drone than others because it does not have to go through the same bureaucratic process as heavier models, but because of course the final price will be impacted, as higher regulations imply more fees. So much, that there was already a value in reais "pre-announced" by the company in the $ 2,000 and it ceased to exist minutes after the launch. One possible reason is that it is associated with the "normal" framing of other drones, which have a higher weight.
We are waiting for a positioning from DJI, we will update the news as soon as available
We have already contacted the DJI staff and are expecting a position from the company on this scenario, although it does not take away at all the very attractive points of the drone, can influence bureaucratic issues and of course the price he has here.
Now wait for the official price announcement in Brazil that will happen on November 13 To get a better conclusion on how attractive the Mavic Mini will be to our market. But again, even with situations like this, he is still a drone with great potential for success, even here in Brazil. DJI has been able to develop a very compact product that can be carried easily on any trip without giving up a good drone specification, with a 30 minute flight time and good camera.
Not surprisingly, there will be changes in the legislation of several countries following the launch of the Mavic Mini.
Just yesterday I made a video with my impressions of the Mavic Mini and I emphasized that the key point weight for the drone, but it is not a valid attractive for our legislation, but as I said above, it is still an amazing product and should be the biggest. DJI's worldwide success. I also think that other countries tend to generate restrictions or changes in legislation because of its potential for popularization.
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