Archive for the 'UAV News' Category

Is Getting A Part 107 Certification For Real Estate Photography Worth It?

September 25th, 2016

Greg in Arizona asks: Now that the FAA has their regulations and testing in place, I’m curious how other photographers are handling the registration process.  They have made the testing and process so onerous I’m questioning whether it is worth it. I’ve about decided its not worth the expense and hassle to get certified. I’d […]

A Potential Giant Step Forward For US Drone Regulation!

February 15th, 2016

Peter Sachs has an article last week over at and on (Peter’s site) explaining the new amendment to the AIRR Act which is the latest FAA Reauthorization Act. Peter’s article says: On February 11, 2016, Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis introduced an innovative Micro Drone amendment to the AIRR Act, which is the latest FAA Reauthorization […]

UAV Boot Camp: An Online Drone Training Course for New Pilots

November 18th, 2015

Last week I talked to the guys at UAV Coach. UAV Coach is a drone blog and online community  that recently launched a 6-part drone training course. This is the course page. The 90-minute video and text-based course is geared towards brand new and beginner pilots who want to break into the industry and hone […]

Secretary Of Transportation Announces The Start Of Registration Of Drones

October 19th, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) via Seattle Times— The federal government will require many drone aircraft to be registered, a move prompted by the growing number of reported close calls and incidents that pose safety risks, officials announced Monday. Pilot sightings of drones have doubled since last year, including sightings near manned aircraft and major sporting events, and […]

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 […]

Interview With Brendan Schulman On The Importance Of Commenting On FAA Proposals

April 14th, 2015

This is an important interview of Brendan Schulman, New York UAV lawyer that occurred today. Brendon was the lawyer that represented Raphael Pirker in Pirker v FAA. Robert Scoble is interviewing Brendan and they talk about current laws that apply to both commercial UAV operation and non-commercial UAV operation. Unfortunately Robert shot it vertically with his […]

FAA Says You Can’t Post Drone Videos On YouTube

March 13th, 2015

According to an article yesterday on the FAA has sent cease and desist orders to: Registered businesses that advertise drone-for-hire services on their websites. UAV operators that post footage on YouTube. Jayson Hanes, a Tampa-based hobbyist is the first to get a letter for posting on YouTube. And if you do not respond to the cease […]

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 […]

Obama Administration And Congress May Be On The Verge Of Acting On Commercial Drone Regulations

January 2nd, 2015

Everyone, except some commercial pilots, think that the FAA has been too slow to take action on proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations. It is well known that the FAA will not make their September 2015 deadline for regulations. According to a recent article over at the Every year the ban (of commercial drones) […]

News Of Interest To Real Estate Photographers Flying or Thinking About Flying Drones

December 16th, 2014

ALPA (Airline Pilots Association) is lobbying congress for transponders on UAS and certified pilots: Captain Chet, a PFRE photographer and qualified ATP (Airline Transport Rating) pilot sent me this link to a recent ALPA press release. Chet commented that: While I applaud the union for taking a stance, this is a bit absurd. Capt Moak is […]

House To Hold Drone Hearing

December 7th, 2014

According to “The Aviation Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), will hold a hearing next week on the status of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) integration into U.S. airspace and the development of the UAS industry,” the panel said in a statement about the hearing. “While the United States has the technology and practical […]

Real Estate Videography/Photography With Drones May Be Over For A While

November 18th, 2014

Today an appeals court ruled that the FAA can make any drone flight illegal. For drone pilots, this means a taking a flight could potentially set them back $10,000 if the FAA chooses to use its powers. Here is the text of the ruling. I can’t make sense out of it, maybe you can. Here is […]

Great New DJI Model Announced + FAA Regulations Are Completely Backwards

November 13th, 2014

Great New DJI version: Thanks to Tony Boros for pointing out today that there’s a new DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter with 4K Camera and 3-axis gimbal that was announced yesterday. The launch video narrated by Philip Bloom shows what video from the Inspire 1 looks like. Ben Popper over at the Verge says: The drone game has changed. […]

RCMA Photography Will Soon Be An Essential Part of Upper-end Real Estate Photography

February 3rd, 2014

Over the last few months I’ve started to realize how important RCMA (Remote-Control Model Aircraft) photography is going to be in upper-end real estate photography. I know, I’ve been calling it UAV photography but RCMA makes more sense. It will replace Pole Aerial Photography and traditional aerial photography because it’s so cheap and easy. It […]

Landmark UAV Case Appears To Be About Recklessness Rather Than Flying Commercially

January 29th, 2014

Yesterday Jason Koebler at put up a particularly good summary of the state of the landmark UAV case pending before a NTSB judge in New York. Nothing new here but I thought Jason does a particularly good job of summarizing the case to date and the implications. Here are the high spots: The case […]