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FAA Rulemaking Update On Drones

In order to continue to influence the discussion in Washington, DC about the real estate industry’s use of drones for photography and survey of property, the National Association of REALTORS® recently participated in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Micro UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). Last week the committee’s recommendations were released and you can download the entire report here.

Membership In The ARC

Joining the Aviation Rulemaking Committee discussion beyond NAR were several interest groups representing constituencies and industries who hold a keen interest in the FAA’s regulatory decisions concerning drones going forward.

● 3D Robotics (3DR)
● Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA)
● American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
● Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)
● Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
● American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)
● Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
● Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE)
● ASTM International
● AT&T
● Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
● Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
● General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
● GoogleX
● GoPro, Inc.
● Helicopter Association International (HAI)
● Horizon Hobby
● ICON Aircraft
● Intel Corporation
● National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA)
● National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)
● National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO)
● News Media Coalition
● Professional Aerial Photographers Association, International (PAPA)
● Small UAV Coalition
● Toy Industry Association

Report Identifies Usage Categories

Categories of UAS (drone) usage have emerged, using definitions that are likely to hold going forward as the issue is approached by regulators.  The report (download PDF here) defines four categories of use and is filled with helpful definitions and comparisons that will doubtless assist any real estate professional in developing UAS-related business plans going forward.  At 19 pages, it’s a recommended read.

CBS, NBC: USDOT Will Require Drones To Be Registered

NAR members can learn about the federal regulation situation as it applies to the legal use of drones, aka unmanned aerial systems (UAS), by checking up on the most recent NAR Policy Statment on drones, as well as the extremely useful Field Guide To Drones And Real Estate.

Heretofore, the Federal Aviation Administration has been the key regulatory player in the drone regulation story.  But as of this month, you can add a new federal agency weighing in: the US Department of Transportation.

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Drone Hopefuls Still Getting Mixed Messages From Lawmakers

When National Association of RealtorsⓇ President Chris Polychron recently testified before Congress on the topic of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), he called for a commitment to privacy and personal safety to go hand in hand with the responsible use of drones by the commercial property industry.  But the legislative climate around the topic of drones shows anything but clear skies.  Federal and state efforts to make rules have been uneven, leading to a bumpy legislative ride.

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A Whole New Meaning For “Office Drone”

Once upon a time, the term “office drone” made us conjure up images of the guy from three cubicles over who keeps handing in his TPS reports late.

But because we’re now living in the era of unmanned aerial vehicles — and because we’ve got office square footage to lease — the entire concept of “office drone” has gotten a serious makeover.

Today’s clip is the in-flight video capture of a radio-controlled vehicle’s tour of a large office space in Orlando.  The “drone” vehicle: the AR Quadricopter.  The video tour: an excellent overview of a raw space, its lighting and views. Usable as part of a sales package in its unedited video form (or even more effectively with time-compression video editing), this kind of fly-through video is packed with descriptive power.

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A Drone Of Your Own: The Commercial Drone Era Begins

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InView Unmanned Aircraft for use in scientific, commercial and state applications. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Potential commercial real estate applications for low-flying aerial vehicles abound: these include mapping, surveying, traffic measurements (vehicle and foot), hyperlocal weather reporting, parking availability reporting and competitive research and analysis, just to name a few.  There isn’t a sector in commercial real estate that couldn’t use an eye in the sky at one point or another.

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