Archive for the 'Aerial Photos' Category

The FAA is Ready For You To Get Your Part 107 Registration

August 28th, 2016

The new Small UAS (Drone) Rule (Part 107), including all pilot and operating rules, become effective today (Monday, August 29, 2016). Here’s the FAA’s official announcement. Here is the FAA’s page that explains how to become a registered FAA drone pilot. It has links to suggested study materials. They have a link to a list […]

California Close To Creating No-fly Zone Over Private Property

September 10th, 2015

California appears to be very close to creating no-fly zones over all private property. California SB-142 has been passed by the state legislature and as I understand it has been on Gov Brown’s desk since August 28. As I understand it, SB-142 says you have to have express permission to fly a UAV over private […]

Are You Flying A UAV For Real Estate Photography or Video With or Without The FAAs Blessings?

July 23rd, 2015

Currently, if you wish to fly a drone commercially in the US with the FAA’s blessing you can petition the FAA for a section 333 exemption. One of the conditions for obtaining this exemption is you must be a licensed pilot. Here is what you need to do to file for a Section 333 Exemption and […]

What Do You Charge To Shoot 1 to 3 minutes of UAV Video For Real Estate?

June 24th, 2015

Anthony recently asked the following: I’ve searched here and the flickr group, but the answer to these questions still elude me. What is a reasonable rate for basic video? What is a reasonable rate for drone flights/photos? We’ve done a poll for standard real estate video that is fairly recent but we’ve never done a poll for […]

What’s The Status Of US Small Drone Rules That Apply To Real Estate Photography?

June 4th, 2015

I have a lot of people asking, “what’s the status of small Drone rules that apply to real estate photography?” What I always do is refer people to Peter Sachs’ dronelawjournal.com. Peter is a lawyer, drone activist, photographer and small drone pilot and has the best description of the state of US drone law that […]

FAA Is Completely Confused About What Constitutes Commercial Drone Use

March 20th, 2015

Faine Greenwood over at Slate.com has a great article on the FAA’s harassment of Jayson Hanes in Tampa (that I reported last week) and Steve Girard in Portland. These two cases illustrate the confusion around what does and doesn’t constitute commercial UAV usage in the US. The article concludes that: It’s not at all certain […]

The FAA May Be Sending Threatening Letters To Real Estate Photographers

January 22nd, 2015

A reader, that has UAV video and photos on his website, sent me this last week:

FAA Grants First Commercial Exemption For Real Estate Photography

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 […]

RodCam: A Handheld Camera Crane For Smooth Dynamic Camera Movements

November 6th, 2014

From a post at Planet5D.com: With moves afoot in some countries to ban the use of Go Pro-toting drones after some spectacular accidents in public places, what better time than now to introduce a safe and affordable alternative? Michael Georgens of Aachen, Germany, has done exactly that with his RodCam, recently demoed at IBC 2014. […]

John McBay’s Tips For Shooting Property From A Helicopter

November 4th, 2014

John McBay is the author of Image Editing For Real Estate Photography. John did some shooting from a helicopter recently and want to pass on some things he learned from the experience. Click on the photo to the right to see a large version of John’s great shot! I recently had my first opportunity to […]

Licensed Pilots Flying Drones Beware

October 16th, 2014

I know there are many licensed pilots out there that also do real estate photography and may fly small UAVs. In a move that appears to be an effort by the FAA to use what ever means they can to control small UAVs the FAA focused on drone operators, Change 6 to its Compliance and […]

North Carolina, Formerly of “First in Flight” Fame, Has Criminalized All Commercial Drone Use

October 1st, 2014

I ran across Brendan Schulman’s tweet this morning while drinking my morning coffee. Brendan is the NYC attorney that is representing Raphael Pirker as well as many other legal cases involving small UAVs. Brendan’s tweet says it all. Even though, Brendan is a very reliable source, I spent a fair amount time today trying to research […]

Drone Exemptions for Hollywood Pave the Way for Widespread Commercial Use?

September 26th, 2014

According to the NYTimes: The commercial use of drones in American skies took a leap forward on Thursday with the help of Hollywood. The Federal Aviation Administration, responding to applications from seven filmmaking companies and pressure from the Motion Picture Association of America, said six of those companies could use camera-equipped drones on certain movie […]

FAA May Have A Fast-Track Approval Process for Low Risk RCMAs By November

May 20th, 2014

According to comments made in a speech in Orlando on May 13, 2014 by Jim Wheeler, chief of the FAAs unmanned aircraft division, the FAA may have a fast track approval process in place for low risk commercial RCMA applications like agriculture, film making and inspections of utilities and oil and gas facilities by November 2014. The AUVSI, […]

NTSB Judge Rules That FAA Policy Concerning RMCA Is Not Enforceable Law

March 6th, 2014

According to Politico.com: “NTSB Administrative Law Judge Patrick Geraghty ruled Thursday that the policy notices the FAA issued as a basis for the ban weren’t enforceable because they hadn’t been written as part of a formal rulemaking process.” The case of course is the case against “Trappy” (Raphael Pirker that we’ve been following for months. Congratulations to Brendan […]