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Real estate agent’s $1,500 drone missing in action

Quadcopter last seen flying out of control over Las Cruces neighborhood

Eli Berger had only had his DJI Phantom 2 drone for about two weeks and was showing it off to an insurance agent in the parking lot of Las Cruces, New Mexico-based Coldwell Banker De Wetter Hovious Inc., where he's an associate broker.For some reason, the $1,500 quadcopter decided to fly north and did not respond to commands from Berger's remote control. The last time he saw it, it was "flying toward a quiet and unsuspecting north Las Cruces neighborhood," the Las Cruces Sun-News reports.Berger told the newspaper he bought the drone to take aerial shots of his own listings, and to freelance for other agents, charging them for the same service.Both activities might be frowned upon by the Federal Aviation Administration, which has warned that Realtors who engage in such activities can't claim to be hobbyists, and that it could take enforcement action against them.In issuing the warning, the FAA provided guidance “do’s and don’ts” for hobbyists flying drones, noti...

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