Just as an update, the FAA confirmed in writing this week of the fines that can be applied. For a pilot who is unlicensed, the fine is $1,100 per occurrence/flight where imagery is used commercially. More importantly perhaps, the fine for the the real estate agent who hires an unlicensed pilot is $11,000. Of course, if you’re an agent who bought a drone and took the photos or video yourself, you will be liable for both fines.
Click on the image above to see the text of the confirmation that David is referring to.
This was news to me and perhaps others may have missed it. I find the FAA regulations difficult to find and to interpret.
On an another drone matter, this past week the Federal Appeals Court found drone registration unlawful for model aircraft (non-commercial drones). The reason is, "The 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act provides that the FAA ‘may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft,’ yet the FAA’s 2015 Registration Rule is a ‘rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft,' " To me this is insane! Hobbyists are just as likely, perhaps more, to require oversite regulation as commercial drone operators. This is a failure of everyone involved to create rational regulations.