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New FAA regulations loosen drone rules for real estate agents

Those shooting stars could be drones capturing photos, video, or even delivering packages
  • The FAA no longer requires Section 333 waivers for drones weighing less than 55 lbs.
  • Flight in the airspace classified G does not require clearance from local air traffic control.
  • Drone pilot must be at least 16 years old and pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center.

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Not sure whether, where and how you can use a drone for real estate photography? Some gray area of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) regulation has been cleared up thanks to Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that it will no longer require a Section 333 waiver -- making it much easier for real estate agents to legally fly drones. The Section 333 waiver was a bottleneck of commercial applications on the FAA website, many of which were targeted toward real estate professionals and production companies working with real estate agents. (The online portal for Section 333 waivers has been shut down on the FAA website.) Drone photography and video footage has been a game changer in real estate. And the affordability of pro-sumer drones has many people scrambling to get one, especially now. The new rules take effect August 2016 The last time the FAA issued new regulation on UAVs was in December, although the rule...