Drone Regulation

Comment on the proposed FAA rules up this week

Before the proposed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules come into effect there is a timeframe in which you can submit your comments. As of now, fewer than 100 comments have been received about flight at night and over people. The FAA actually pays attention to your input and takes it into consideration when making the final rules.

You can submit your comments on:

  1. proposed new rules to allow professionals to routinely fly drones at night and over people

  2. how to safely prepare for Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), implement payload restrictions and enable flight beyond visual line of sight.

Comment on Operating over People and at Night

Comment on Performance Restrictions

So, take a minute or two and check out these links below and submit your comments for the FAA to consider. The deadline is Monday, April 15th.

Navigating the FAA’s New Drone Rule for Realtors

Real estate professionals hoping to use drones in their business got some big news when the Federal Aviation Administration released a final rule governing the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems. This final rule, effective August 29, 2016, includes some hard-fought wins for the National Association of REALTORS®, and a clearer path for people to put drones to use in their businesses.

The new rule will no longer require a small unmanned aircraft operator to hold a FAA-issued pilot’s license. Instead, the final rule requires a person operating a small uas to either hold a remote pilot certificate with a small uas rating or be under the direct supervision of someone who does. This new remote pilot certificate will be less expensive and less time-consuming to obtain – a major victory for aspiring drone users.. In general, small UAS may only be flown during the daytime, and cannot be flown over non-participants, and the small UAS must be within the visual line of sight of the operator at all times.

To learn more about the rule, and the significant changes for Realtors

What’s Missing from the New Drone Regulations

Last week, we had the much-anticipated Part 107 drone regulations, which will supersede the current exemption process and is estimated by the FAA to eliminate 85 percent of the present exemptions to drone piloting.

Notably, the new rules replace private pilots at every flight with operators that have passed a less-strenuous and less-expensive aeronautical knowledge test.

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Anders Andersson Explains the Methods Behind His Drone Photography

What Anders Andersson can do with a camera is amazing. Because of the change in drone tech. What’s changed is the emergence of affordable, highly advanced consumer drones set up for photography – and Swedish photographer Anders is somewhat of an expert in the art of using them.
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Your Drone Cheat Sheet

Who are the key players? What are the big debates? And why do they freak so many people out?


Ryan Calo

Calo is a University of Washington law professor who has argued that drones may help propel larger conversations about the juncture of technology and privacy.

Lisa Ellman

A former White House staffer, Ellman has pushed to open U.S. airspace to commercial drone flights.

Paul Misener

Amazon executive Misener has contributed to the company’s plans for delivery drones.

Rand Paul

In 2013, the Republican senator from Kentucky carried out an almost 13-hour Senate filibuster warning against the possibility of domestic drone strikes.

Stephen Ross

Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins, invested $1 million in the Drone Racing League, helping to legitimize the nascent sport.

See the full article on Slate

Field Guide to Drones and Real Estate

Change is on the horizon. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 tasked the FAA with implementing clear-cut regulations allowing for the commercial use of UAVs, by no later than September 30, 2015. In the meantime, this Field Guide from the National Association of Realtors® includes resources to help REALTORS® stay abreast of the legal status of utilizing drones, and to learn about the potential future use of drones for the real estate industry.

Drone Task Force Recommendations

Last Monday DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its recommendations of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force (RTF) Aviation Rulemaking Committee in the midst of its work to finalize new drone regulations. The FAA gave the task to provide some post-public-comment advice. The result for FAA’s consideration contains three key elements for registration:

  • Registrants would complete an electronic web or application (app) form;
  • FAA should immediately send back an electronic certificate of registration and a personal universal registration number for use on all small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) owned by that registrant; and
  • Registrants would mark all applicable drones with the registration number.

Read the full report

National Association of REALTORS® Q&A for aerial photography and videography

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The National Association of REALTORS® has writen a great question and answer articlein response to its members’ growing interest in drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”). A great recourse when it comes to navigating the legal and regulatory landscape of UAS, and a real estate professional.