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New drone laws take effect: Bring on the innovation!

It's a bird! It's a plane! No -- it's actually a real estate agent preparing a listing
  • The new FAA drone regulations went into effect Monday, August 29.
  • The new rules make it easier for real estate agents to get aerial photos and video for listings.
  • Drone pilots must register their drones and apply for the FAA form 8710-13.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) laid out new regulations for drone usage back in June that went into effect August 26. But who was actually following the rules, anyway? The new regulations make drone flight much easier for the entry-level pilot. One of the biggest improvements to the regulations is lack of requirement for the section 333 waiver. The section 333 waiver was issued by the FAA and was the first attempt at monitoring flight patterns and regulating commercial drone usage. Shortly after the new regulations were announced in June, the FAA shut down the section 333 waiver portal on its website. "Realtors pushed hard to make the new FAA rules a reality, and we’re excited for the opportunity they represent," said NAR president Tom Salomone. "This regulatory landscape creates a much clearer pathway for the use of drones in real estate, and eliminating the requirement that drone operators hold a pilot’s license makes it all that much more access...