Archive for the 'RCMA' Category

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) […]

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. […]

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 […]

This Week In Real Estate Drone Photography News

August 11th, 2014

News from the last few weeks that affects or is related to real estate sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles):  Peter Sachs’s The Drone Pilot Association – As of right now Peter is up to 1,354 members. As Peter says, “Time is running out to legally challenge the FAA’s June 25, 2014 Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model […]

What’s Is A Drone and Johnny Dronehunter

July 31st, 2014

The last couple of days I ran across these two humorous drone videos that I can’t resist passing on: The first is one called What is a drone featuring Raphael Pirker, Josh Bixler, Brendan Schuleman and the hilarious Josh Scott. And the second is one from an article over at called Johnny Dronehunter. Enjoy!

This Week In Real Estate Drone Photography News

July 25th, 2014

News that affects real estate drone photography is happening so fast these days that it is hard to keep up with it all. I’m trying to keep these drone related posts to a minimum because I know not everyone is interested in them. As I mentioned a while back, I keep up with what’s going on […]

FAA Special Rule For Model Aircraft Comment Period Ends July 25

July 21st, 2014

Chuck Spaulding reminded me yesterday that Friday, July 25 is the last day to give comments to the FAA on their Interpretation of the “Special Rule for Model Aircraft” and for people who care about using small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAS) this is an important issue. My understanding of the central issue is that this […]

Breaking News: FAA Intimidates Coldwell Banker And Other Realtors To Stop Drone Photography

July 11th, 2014

As of 3 PM Eastern  7/11, Gregory McNeal at reports that: Forbes has learned that the FAA’s investigations have succeeded in intimidating NRT —the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company — into advising their members to not only cease flying drones as part of their work, but to also cease using drone footage. […]

Sign The Petition Asking Obama To Compel The FAA To Adopt UK Like Commercial sUAS Standards

July 6th, 2014

I’ve had several readers over the weekend ask me to promote this recently created petition on the White House website to:  Compel the FAA to adopt the UK’s commercial sUAS standards immediately. I’ve signed this petition and fully support the concept. My only concern about the petition is that there would be more signatures faster […]

The Next Absurd Step In The Continuing Saga of FAA Trying To Regulate New Technology

July 2nd, 2014

On Tuesday the New York Post reported that the FAA is taking on Realtors in NYC, the Hamptons. Brendon Schulman, Special Counsel at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in New York claims via Twitter that this subpoena activity by the FAA is not new. He says he is defending Subpoenas that were issued months ago. Gregory […]

FAA Publishes More Confusing Guidance For RCMA

June 25th, 2014

On Monday June 23rd The FAA published new guidance for RCMA operators in the Federal Register. As a result there have been many articles analyzing, interpreting and reacting the new guidance: Inman news – on the fact that the FAA states that Realtors are not hobbyists. Motherboard – on RCMA pilots gearing up for flight against the […]

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, […]