Special agents Jordan and Russ Macnam of Vancouver, BC are creating a buzz in the Vancouver, BC real estate market with their new DJI Phantom Quadcopter drone and a GoPro 3 Black edition. Here is a Vancouver news story about their new real estate marketing tool.
In Canada they actually have rules and procedures setup to regulate commercial use of UAVs. What a concept! Here is Russ's description of the process in Canada:
Anyone in Canada can buy a UAV without certification or anything but as soon as you considered using it for commercial purposes that’s when Transport Canada get’s involved...
Right now each time I fly I have to submit an SFOC application (special flight operations certificate) a flight plan with pictures of where I will be flying and my planned shots, it’s basically a 3 page essay on what I have and what safety procedures I will have in place and of course I also have to have liability insurance They want it very detailed, and there are definitely limitations on where and when I can fly. I’m not allowed within 30 m of anyone or anything that might have a person in it. If I want to fly close to other houses then I need to warn the home owners first. Once I submit my SFOC application then it can take up to 20 days to get approval and then I’m good to go!
It can take a bit to get going but now I have everything in order, and it’s not so bad.
Doesn't sound too ominous. Maybe the US FAA will catch up to Transport Canada within a couple of years.