July 11th, 2014
As of 3 PM Eastern 7/11, Gregory McNeal at Forbes.com reports that:
Forbes has learned that the FAA’s investigations have succeeded in intimidating NRT —the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company — into advising their members to not only cease flying drones as part of their work, but to also cease using drone footage.
This is a troubling development in an ongoing saga over the FAA’s rules which punish the safe commercial use of drones. Currently, the FAA does not prohibit the use of drones for a hobby — flying over your home and taking pictures of it for fun is allowed, but because real estate drones take pictures for a commercial purpose, the FAA prohibits their use.
Update 7/12: Allan MacKenzie, in Brisbane, AU sent me this link that explains that even though on the Gold Coast they have laws and people regulating UAVs they are having trouble stopping the Cowboy drone operators.