FAA’s Commercial UAV Rules Are Now In Effect


The day has finally come.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s initial set of operational rules for commercial UAV flight officially goes into effect today. This initial set of rules was actually finalized back in June and essentially governs any unmanned UAV under 55 pounds that’s flown for “non-hobbyist purposes.”

This includes Realtors and Real Estate aerial drone footage.

To quickly go over these rules real quick, drones that meet these qualifications for commercial UAV flights can only operate during daylight hours, unless your drone is equipped with warning light (which most are) then you’re allowed to operate until dusk. All drones must fly within the pilot’s line of sight, makes perfect sense.

You’ll also need to be at least 16 years old to operate a commercial drone and will need to pass an Aeronautical Knowledge Test at a certified testing center before you can get your remote pilot certificate.

However, fully automated flights like Amazon’s planned delivery service are still not allowed.

Drones are also subject to strict height limits and are prohibited from flying over people and near airports (that’s a big no-no), however, the FAA allows for some exceptions to these rules if the pilot is granted an official waiver. Keep in mind, though, the turnaround time for these waivers will ultimately depend on the complexity of your request and if there’s already a backlog of applications that the FAA is sitting on.

So what does this mean for the Real Estate indutry?

A whole new door has been opened. Although technically, it’s already been open, we now have guidelines and regulations that govern commercial UAV’s. Which isn’t a bad thing, it’s meant to keep everyone safe.

And now back to you

Fellow Realtors, will you or are you already incorporating drone photography and video into your listings?

Let us know in the comments.

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