January 7th, 2015
NAR President Chris Polychron, released a statement today on the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to grant the first drone exemption to a real estate professional in the U.S.:
“The FAA has taken a positive step by approving Realtor Doug Trudeau’s application, member of the Tucson Association of REALTORS®, for an exemption to fly an unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) for commercial purposes. Images captured using UAV technology will provide residential and commercial property buyers with more information and visual insights than they’ve ever had before.
“NAR looks forward to the release of the FAA’s proposed regulations for UAVs, but in the meantime, the exemption process is a way for real estate agents to take advantage of the new technology. We are now compiling resources for our members who might want to apply for the Section 333 exemption so that they can legally and safely use UAVs for their real estate businesses. NAR will continue to educate our members about new technology and innovation that can enhance the experience of buying and selling real estate.”
Here are the details of Doug Trudeau’s exemption which lists the conditions and limitations.
This certainly sounds encouraging on the surface. But it remains to be seen how difficult it will be of you or I to get an exemption like Doug did. Better get in line there 215+ requests for exemptions. Certainly the Conditions and Limitations section of the exemption gives an indication a what the rules are likely to be going forward. This is a significant positive step forward. Thanks to all the readers (Dave, Chet, Chad, Jim, John and Felix) that sent me links on this subject today!