IAR members who are eager to use “drones” in their businesses should take note that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently become active about trying to stop the commercial use of drones and seems to be specifically targeting real estate brokers. FAA has clearly stated that use of drones by real estate licensees is prohibited, and that they are now actively enforcing this against real estate brokers. This could be that the video produced by a drone-mounted camera is usually uploaded to the Internet and thus fairly easy to find. NAR will be commenting on FAA’s proposed rules as they become available. However, rules won’t become effective until sometime in 2015 at the earliest.
Read the following from NAR:
FAA Clarifies Drone Use
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released information that clarifies the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the nation’s airspace. While current FAA policy prohibits the use of UAVs for any commercial use, the recent FAA statement clarified that use of these vehicles by Realtors to create a video to market property or to hire a third party to create a video is specifically disallowed. The FAA was directed by Congress to develop a proposed regulation to integrate UAVs into the airspace by 2015. NAR will be submitting comments on the FAA’s most recent guidance and is working with other stakeholders organizations and experts to respond to the FAA’s proposed rule when it is published and work with the FAA to seek an exemption for realtor use of drones.
(Source: National Association of REALTORS® July, 2014 Real Estate Services E-Newsletter Update, July 15, 2014)