June 24th, 2016
This last Tuesday, (June 21) the FAA announced the long awaited Part 107 Rule. Here is the FAA press release. The entire Part 107 Rule is 624 pages if you are having trouble getting to sleep. The 3-page summary is much more useful. This new process goes into operation in late August 2016.
I think that the real estate photography community is one of the big winners in the implementation of this new set of regulations because the benefits of drone photography and video are huge, the technical hurdles are low and so far it’s been the regulatory hurdles that have slowed the industry. These new rules fix that. No more pilots license required to legally fly a drone for commercial use. You need to take a test but that is reasonable.
There have been a lot of articles around the net analyzing these new regulations. Here are just some of them:
I’m still completely puzzled why the FAA couldn’t have done this two or more years ago!