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Imagine being able to take high quality photographs and videos of your real estate listings. In just a few minutes, you can upload them to social media, send them to buyers, and get the property sold faster than you could ever dream. This will become a reality in the next couple of years. Drones are going to change the way you sell real estate.
The Current State of Drone Use in the United States
Drones are considered unmanned aerial systems (UASs) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). For a long time, law enforcement, the military and scientists were the only ones who could use them legally. The Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibited the use of drones for any other purpose, unless there were exceptions granted through a certificate. The certificate meant the drone user had met all requirements for air safety set forth by the FAA. While some real estate agents sought and achieved this certificate, it hadn’t been until recently that they have been able to gain a permit much easier.
Drone Guideline Changes for Commercial Use
The passing of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 has changed the way people like real estate agents and many small business owners can use drones. This act forced the FAA to establish standards for commercial drone use.
Those standards include, but are not limited to the following:
- Drones must be between 0.55 to 55 pounds.
- Register all drones online.
- Know and follow safety guidelines by organization such as the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).
- Never fly the drone higher than 400 feet.
- The drone should always be in eyesight.
- They should never interfere with manned aircrafts.
- Do not fly drones over people or vehicles.
- It should remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and properties.
- If flying the drone within 5 miles of an airport, notify the airport or control tower.
- Never fly the drone in inclement weather.
- Never use the drone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- User should know how to use the drone.
- Never fly it near infrastructure such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, and other areas that provide resources.
- Inquire about specific laws concerning flying drones over private property.
- Recording or photographing individuals in private settings without permission is illegal.