Archive for the 'UAV News' Category

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 […]

Kramer Levin Launches UAS Practice Group

December 18th, 2013

Today (Dec 18,2013) Kramer Levin, the company that is representing Raphael Pirker’s landmark UAV case that we’ve been following announced that they are launching a group specializing in UAV legal issues. “The landmark case we are litigating will have enormous regulatory and economic implications for the industry’s future,” said Brendan Schulman, special counsel at Kramer Levin who […]

UAV Update – FAA Says NO To Trappy and Bezos Talks BS

December 4th, 2013

Because UAVs are going to become so important for real estate videography I’m going to periodically post updates on UAV developments. I’ve also created a new blog category UAV News for posts. This last few weeks there were several developments worth mentioning: The FAA responded to Brendan Shuleman’s request to dismiss the FAA v Pirker […]

Interview With Brendan Schulman About Pirker v FAA Case

November 5th, 2013

This is a recent interview by Luke Rudkawski at the Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference in New York City. Luke is interviewing Brendan Schulman who is the attorney for Raphael Pirker  the defendant in the Pirker v FAA case that I discussed back in Sept. For more details on this case and how it relates […]

The Legal Argument Against The FAA Shutdown Of Commercial UAVs

October 9th, 2013

Here is and update on the legal fight going on against the FAA regarding the shutdown of US airspace to commercial UAVs. A couple of weeks ago I reported that “Trappy” of Team Blacksheep (Swiss citizen, Raphael Pirker) was in the process of fighting the FAA in court and that the essence of his legal argument was that […]

FAAs Policy Against Flying Commercial UAVs May Not Be Enforceable Law

September 24th, 2013

For some time I’ve heard claims that the Policy of the FAA regarding Flying Commercial UAVs has legal issues. But recently I discovered a quote on that give this claim a considerably more weight. Here is the quote: I’m a lawyer and in a position to clear up a couple of things, for educational […]