URGENT MESSAGE: you could be subject to civil and criminal penalties !

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As a service to ALL of my ActiveRain friends and colleagues, I am putting out a blog informing everyone of this new government rule.   However, it doesn't just pertain to ActiveRain users but to everyone.   As Christmas approaches, this new rule may apply to many people that weren't affected previously.

The rule comes down from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and involves drones.   I'm not referring to the weapons of war but rather the hobbyist's toy or the Realtor's tool.   The new rule applies to all drones weighing under 55 pounds which would include most of these.

Do you have a small drone or "Unmanned Aircraft System" (UAS) as the government describes them ?   Does your child have a "toy" that will fall under this classification ?   Does a member of the family use a flying platform of this nature to shoot video for work, school or play ?

The government has decided these devices need to be tracked for safety reasons.   We have heard in the news about drones flying close to the flight paths of commercial airliners approaching airports.   We have heard of drones flying over private property and infringing on the owner's rights.

Effective on December 21st, owners of these UAS devices are REQUIRED to register them with the FAA.   The web site describing this requirement is:  http://www.faa.gov/uas/registration .   The site includes an FAQ section as well as a place to register beginning on that day.   The fee is $5.00 and will be refunded to those who register in the first 30 days before January 20, 2016.

Many Realtors, Appraisers and Surveyors use these UAS devices in their day to day functions, especially when dealing with larger pieces of property.   Many people buy UAS devices as hobbyists and fly them for enjoyment much like a remote controlled airplane.   Some folks may have bought them for someone as a Christmas gift this holiday season unaware of the new law.

Regardless of the purpose of the usage or who actually bought it, just like your motor vehicle has to be licensed; your UAS must now be registered.   As the old saying goes, "Ignorance is no excuse for violating the Federal law".   Don't ignore this because it can come back to bite you in the wallet !

As the air space over your head and mine gets more and more crowded, the chance for accidents and all out disaster increases.   If a UAS is involved in an incident and it is not registered; it could be costly !   Please; if you have one of these or plan to get one, take note of this . . . . . . . 


URGENT MESSAGE: you could be subject to

civil and criminal penalties !




Deanna Early is the # 1 ranked Mortgage Loan Originator in Franklin County, Virginia as scored by the ActiveRain real estate site.   She is a Nationally Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator located near Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.   She does both purchase and refinance loans throughout the state of Virginia.   She is a residential loan originator for American National Bank and Trust.   She provides home mortgage loans, construction loans and lot loans as well as second or vacation home loans and investor financing.

Please visit her website at   www.DeannaEarly.com   and learn more in the Virginia Mortgage Blog

You can contact her for your financing needs at (540) 721-2349 or by email at  "earlyd@amnb.com"

The views expressed in this post are mine only and do not necessarily reflect the views of American National Bank and Trust Company.   Any scenarios presented are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to refer to or represent any actual or specific clients, negotiations or financial transactions.


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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Deanna. Great job getting the information out, hopefully every complies with this new regulation.

Dec 14, 2015 06:07 PM #1
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Good information to have. It appears they have some issues with drones.

Dec 14, 2015 06:30 PM #2
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Deanna: Good job of making this information available. I have passed it on to my drone guy for action.

Dec 14, 2015 06:36 PM #3
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Thankfully, this doesn't apply to my business at all and I have no need for drones. It's challenging to keep up w/ all the new regs. - Debbie

Dec 14, 2015 06:58 PM #4
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

I knew such a law was in the making. I have been wondering my liability if I hire a photographer with one that does not comply or has an accident while hired by me?  So for I have not used one.

Dec 14, 2015 08:46 PM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good information to share with those who own or plan to purchase a drone.

Dec 14, 2015 10:35 PM #6
Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

So glad you put this blog together.  Drones are a great way to showcase a property.  Even though Realtors aren't intending harm, they could be subject to some pretty stiff penalties if they don't know the law.

Dec 15, 2015 12:36 AM #7
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Thanks for sharing the new regulations on the drones.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 16, 2015 11:33 AM #8
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

We have been talking about this in our board. I know several Realtors that have them but have heard that registration is easy.

Dec 17, 2015 10:22 AM #9
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