It seemed like drones were set to become a big thing in Real Estate when the FAA stepped in and banned them. Change happens. But don't run out and buy a drone, unless you have a pilot's license and an exemption from the FAA.
On Tuesday, The Federal Aviation Administration issued permits to use drones for 2 purposes, one is for monitoring crops and the other is to photograph properties for sale. This is the first time the FAA has granted permission to companies involved agriculture and real estate.
The exemptions to the current ban on commercial drone flights for real estate were granted to Douglas Trudeau of Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Arizona.
Trudeau’s was given an exemption that will allow him to fly a Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter to “enhance academic community awareness and augment real estate listing videos,” the FAA said. Isn't that an interesting statement!
The permits requires a team, both a ground “pilot” and an observer.The pilot must have at least an FAA private pilot certificate and a current medical certificate, and the drone must remains within the line of sight of the operator at all times.
I am sure this will bring lots more requests for such permits from the FAA, as many in the real estate industry want to use them, especially on high end homes. Want to fly a drone, better get your pilots license.
image courtesy of flicker.com by Don McCullough