After months of deliberation, the FAA has released some definitive guidelines for real estate professionals who wish to use their drones for real estate purposes. Many real estate investors and other professionals use drones to take great pictures for listings, but the FAA had some pretty serious issues with how the images were being obtained. In fact, previously, the government required a special waiver be obtained before a real estate investor or agent (or anyone else for that matter) could use drones for photography in their business.
Fortunately, the FAA has decided that it will no longer require such a waiver and even went ahead and shut down the section on the FAA website where such applications were made. However, drone operators using their drones for real estate photography still must pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved testing center or, if they already possess a Part 61 pilot certificate, then they must have completed some continuing education in order to use the images for their business. “We’ve worked hard to strike a responsible balance that protects the safety and privacy of individuals while also ensuring realtors can put drones to good use,” said Tom Salomone, the current president of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in a statement about the new regulations. “Getting here wasn’t easy,” he added.
Drones still must be lower than 400 feet above the ground or within 400 feet of a structure that is higher than 400 feet, and the drone may not exceed 100 miles per hour in airspeed. Pilots cannot be younger than 16 years of age.
Might be time to start figuring out how to use your drone to take pictures, responsibly of course!
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