Drone - FAA Proposes sUAS Rule Change

Real Estate Agent with Tierra Antigua Realty



The long awaited FAA proposal for sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Systems) was released today. What many will misinterpret is that they can now go out, buy one, and take to the air commercially. That is far from the truth. There is still a 60 day public comment period to go through. If like the announcement last year that drew over 30,000 comments that period may be extended beyond 60 days just like before. Then all those comments will need to be reviewed, or at least the ones of substance. In all reality we may be looking at two years before rules are changed for sUAS intervention into NAS (National Air Space). In a perfect world maybe as little as six months. Safety is a key factor with the final rule making. For this sUAS proposal the FAA seems to have hit the nail on the head for the most part. I still have 112 more pages to read of the 195 page proposal. Since I have my section 333 approved for real estate, I am intimately involved in the process. Many of the 33 conditions I have to follow today will be removed. But, for now compliance with those current conditions is the only way to I can conduct aerial video/photography with an sUAS. So, before anyone contemplates going out buying an sUAS and shooting aerial photography with it, remember today's release was just a proposal not the final rule change. A section 333 approval is the only current way to get in the air for now. It is a 120 day process. Mine took 177 days. For Tucson Realtors with clients who have a desire or need for aerial video/photography I graciously accept referrals.



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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have an agent who is playing around and taking photos on his own property to get ready for when/if...

Feb 15, 2015 11:31 AM #1
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Douglas,  a beautiful read today that will definitely give us food for thought to today's message.

Feb 15, 2015 12:59 PM #2
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for explaining this to us Douglas, I saw a headline about it earlier but did not have time to dig into it.

Feb 15, 2015 02:02 PM #3
Cheryl Johnson
Highland Park, CA

I have seen some truly breathtaking aerial photography of the Los Angeles area lately.  And as much as I am tempted to try flying a drone of my own, I have pretty much decided I'll hire a pro if and when I need some of those fabulous sky high shots.  :-)

Feb 15, 2015 09:39 PM #4
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

I read the "Overview of Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" and the FAA Press Release.  I am encouraged by what I read. If your business model includes the use of UAS to make money, I understand why you might want to proceed with caution. 

I and many others I know, are not convinced that taking an aerial photo or video that you don't pay for, falls in a commercial application category.  All you are doing is giving a customer a different perspective of a property.  

This is no different than a private pilot without a commercial license who might say, "I will be happy to fly you above the property at no charge so that you can better determine if the property meets your needs and requirements".  

As long as all current rules and regulations are followed, I don't see a problem at all as long as you don't participate in a "for pay" service.  My husband flys a quadcopter because it is "fun".  You can see some videos here .


The only question or comment I have in the proposal is, 100 MPH! What the heck is that for?  How do you continue to have line-of-sight when something is going that fast?  How can it be safe? How can you react at that speed? 

Feb 16, 2015 11:58 PM #5
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