Sep
23

FAA Approves Drones for Real Estate Use

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IRR DroneWhile speculation regarding commercial drones has been running rampant for some time in the real estate industry, the Federal Aviation Administration has finally begun to release approval for drones to take to the sky. The FAA has already approved approximately 1,300 individuals and businesses to use drones for a variety of business purposes. Those purposes include everything from inspecting utility lines to photographing real estate.

Drones are controlled with a device that looks similar to a video game controller and are equipped with small video cameras that are capable of taking photos and transmitting images to an iPad or laptop. Commercial drones offer a tremendous amount of potential for numerous industries, particularly the real estate industry.

To date, the FAA has remained hesitant in terms of providing approval for the use of commercial drones. This is in large part due to concerns regarding the potential for incidents occurring between aircraft and drones. According to the FAA, aircraft pilots have reported more than 700 drone sightings in a year. The FAA is particularly concerned about the use of unmanned aircraft by users with relatively little or no experience. For the recreational users purchasing drones from hobby shops, it is vital to become educated regarding the various and stringent restrictions, which include not operating a drone within 5 miles of an airport.

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