Archive for the 'RCMA' Category

Marketing Yourself As A FAA Registered Insured Drone Operator

January 10th, 2017

Patrick in Texas asked: I have passed my knowledge test to be a remote pilot but I am not finding a lot in the form of logos/credentials for the certification from the FAA to market with. I mean, I am happy to have it but I really want Realtors to know that up front. Have […]

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 […]

Are You Confused About US Drone Regulations?

June 6th, 2016

Jack recently asked: I am confused about the rules and regulations about flying a drone for aerial photography. If a person is a license commercial pilot can they fly a drone for commercial/real estate photography purposes? Or are they required to be certified by the FAA? Real Estate agents in this area are very leery […]

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 […]

Which Drone Should I Buy To Shoot Real Estate Property Video?

January 21st, 2016

Manuel In New Jersey says: I want to buy a drone for real estate, my question is if you know what are the minimum requirements or if you know any web page or any tutorial. Here is my take on this question along with some real estate drone resources:

US Drone Owners Must Register With FAA By Feb 19, 2016

December 15th, 2015

Yesterday the FAA announced a web-based registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms including payloads such as onboard cameras. Registration begins on December 21, 2015 and the first 30 days are free. Under this rule, any owner of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cal Mitchener Takes His Elevated Photography To The Next Level

July 29th, 2015

Cal Mitchener, a successful real estate shooter in Charlotte, NC that we’ve featured several times here on the PFRE blog, has been providing elevated real estate shots for many years. Cal started with a WonderPole, then in 2011 he moved up to a Gitzo giant tripod. Last week he described his planned move up to […]

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’ 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 Admits That They Shouldn’t Be Ordering People To Delete Drone Videos

April 11th, 2015

Gregory McNeal at reports that: For more than a year, FAA officials have been engaged in a campaign of subtle threats and intimidation tactics that have persuaded many businesses to not use drone videos. This week, officials in Washington D.C. have finally weighed in on the legality of these tactics and in a published […]

FAA Is Completely Confused About What Constitutes Commercial Drone Use

March 20th, 2015

Faine Greenwood over at 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 […]

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 […]

Finally – Proposed New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

February 15th, 2015

Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations (PDF), “that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.” Here is the press release. I don’t know what’s going on at the FAA but it seems […]

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: