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 case. FAA basically said, NO it would not dismiss the case. Here is the FAA's response.
- On November 7 the FAA road map for future regulations was released. I posted the roadmap, which I find very hard to understand. Brendan Shuleman has released a document that deciphers what the FAA is saying in the road map. Also, Slate.com has an audio version of Brendan verbally interpreting the FAA road map.
- Amazon recently announced (Jeff Bezos on 60 minutes Sunday night) that it is testing a UAV delivery service called PrimeAir. Total BS! I (and others) think this is simply a marketing gimmick to get attention on the biggest shopping weekend of the year. We are so far from delivery UAVs is not even funny. PrimeAir would require military grade GPS to work safely, and that's not likely. That is, standard GPS has an accuracy of 7.8 meters 95% of the time... that means my Amazon deliveries would come through my office window 5% of the time rather than my doorstep and 7.8 meters is not even enough accuracy to get a package in my front yard all the time! Bezos is in fantasyland!
- This article in USA Today points out that, "The drone economy is booming abroad and an underground version is growing fast in the U.S. The FAA plans to draw up regulations by 2015, but that's not quick enough, according to drone entrepreneurs." This underground economy is clearly happening in the real estate videography. UAV videography is important to compete in the upper end, and no one wants to be left behind. There is a lot to learn, and huge benefits and money to be made now!
Brendan Shuleman, Raphael Pirker's (Trappy) attorney has become the clear expert in what's going on the US UAV legal front. If you want to stay up to the minute on US UAV legal issues follow Brendan @dronelaws on Twitter.