By Lisa Daiss | Marketing Manager
As is the case with all new technology, lawmakers have been playing catch-up with drone regulations since they became available as a mass consumer product. After months of deliberation, the Federal Aviation Administration has released its new drone regulations (named “Part 107”) for commercial use of drones weighing less than 55 lbs. For commercial real estate marketing professionals, it’s a welcome relief to know what you need to do to be in full accordance with the law.
Most of the regulations are fairly common sense, including keeping the drone in sight while flying, only flying during daylight hours, having knowledge of airspace classes and related ATC permissions, yielding to other aircraft and being available for FAA inspection at any time.
The most important new stipulation is the requirement for the drone pilot to have a “remote pilot certificate.” You can attain this certification by:
- -Being at least 16 years old
- -Being able to read, speak, write, and understand English (exceptions may be made if the person is unable to meet one of these requirements for a medical reason, such as hearing impairment)
- -Being in a physical and mental condition to safely operate a small UAV
- -Passing the initial aeronautical knowledge exam at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center (click here to find a Commercial Testing Center in your area)
Until now, the use of drones in commercial real estate has been something like the Wild West—Operate with common sense and make it up as you go, hoping you don’t do anything to draw unwanted attention or violate a law you didn’t know about. Now that the rules are clear, we can start operating legitimately and without fear of the unknown.