NAR use of commercial drones to launch with release of FAA rule

National Association of Realtors (NAR) has reported the release of the Federal Aviation Administration´s (FAA) final rule governing small unmanned aerial systems, or UASs, in the national air space will boost commercial drone use in the real estate business, the company said.

Drones are increasingly being used in commercial applications, but federal regulations have required commercial drone operators to apply for a Section 333 waiver from the FAA before they can fly. Over 5,000 waivers were issued to commercial entities, a significant portion of which were used for the real estate business, but only licensed pilots were eligible to fly commercially.

FAA rules create a clearer pathway for real estate professionals to use drones for commercial purposes. The FAA´s announcement marks a victory for realtors. Since early 2014, NAR has worked with the FAA and industry partners to integrate drones into the national airspace for commercial use.

Despite eliminating the requirement that operators hold a pilot´s license, anyone looking to fly drones commercially will still have to comply with strict requirements designed to protect people on the ground.