NAR joins rulemaking committee on drone technology

The group will help develop a framework for the use of small, unmanned aircraft systems in commercial settings
  • The National Association of Realtors will help develop a regulatory framework for the use of drones as part of a Federal Aviation Administration rulemaking committee.
  • The goal is to gather recommendations and create separate regulation for small unmanned aircraft systems so they can be safely flown over people.
  • In a statement on NAR’s participation on the FAA committee, current NAR President Tom Salomone reaffirmed the association’s consensus that drone technology "offers a tremendous opportunity for the business of real estate."

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The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is among more than two dozen industry organizations invited to join a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) committee that will help develop a regulatory framework for the use of drones. Last year, the FAA proposed new regulations intended to govern "unmanned aircraft systems" (UAS), the official term for drone, including the creation of a "micro" classification for drones weighing 4.4 pounds or less. Following a public comment period, the FAA elected not to include that classification in the final rule, which will be released sometime later this year. Instead, the agency will gather recommendations in creating a separate regulation for small UAS so they can be safely flown over people not directly involved in the operation of the aircraft without risk of hazard or injury. "Based on the comments about a 'micro' classification submitted as part of the small UAS proposed rule, the FAA will pursue a flexible, performance-based regul...