|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 here is a list of all the people that have been granted an exemption. At this writing, the FAA has granted 797 of these exemptions. You can hire a lawyer to help you through the process of submitting a request to the FAA for a Section 333 exemption.Here is a recent article about one such Chicago law office that will help you through the exemption process.Here is an article on Douglas Trudeau, the Tucson Realtor that was the first Realtor to obtain a Section 333 exemption. I seriously doubt that there are many listing agents are technically adept enough to fly a UAV and have pilot's licenses so it makes more sense for the majority of listing agents to hire a photographer/videographer when the want UAV video. This creates a huge expanding business opportunity for professional real estate photographers/videographers since use of UAV video clips and photos are a very compelling as a marketing tool. Despite the FAAs section 333 exemption process, Peter Sachs at the dronelawjournal.com has reported that:
Because of the above and the fact that the demand for UAV photos and video of real estate is so huge, my sense is that most people flying UAVs for real estate photography right now are not flying with the FAAs blessing. So I thought would be interesting to sample in an anonymous way (poll) how many readers are flying with and without the FAAs blessing.