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 dont run out and buy a drone.
On Tuesday, The Federal Aviation Administration issued permits to use drones for 2 purposes, to monitor crops and photograph properties for sale, for the first time granting permission to companies involved agriculture and real estate.
The exemptions to the current ban on commercial drone flights were granted to Douglas Trudeau of Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Arizona.
Trudeau’s exemption authorizes him to fly a Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter to “enhance academic community awareness and augment real estate listing videos,” the FAA said.
The permits require both a ground “pilot” and an observer, that the pilot have at least an FAA private pilot certificate and a current medical certificate, and that the drone remains within 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