Well, we sure thought the FAA was finally going to have rules in place by the end of 2015… I was disappointed to hear this week from a local attorney, versed in the laws effecting commercial aerial photography, that we probably won’t see rules in place until 2017. There is a current exemption one can obtain, but you MUST have a real pilots license to be eligible. This counts me out.
I flew my little DJI Phantom for just a year before things started heating up in the media, so she’s been grounded since last fall and she is now up for sale. By the time the FAA has all its rules in place, this will be outdated equipment.
It is sad because an aerial view of a home can be so terrific – setting up a better since of place.
IMPORTANT for those of you who are hiring commercial aerial photographers or if you are doing it yourself as an agent; as soon as you are using the images to sell a property you are in violation of the current laws – unless you or the photographer has the actual 336 Exemption.
Incase a drone does damage to a property, the owner of the drone will be liable, but if it goes to a civil suit – they will most likely go after whoever hired the photography company. So, be aware; check if your photographer has the 333 Exemption and if your insurance policy will cover you in the event of an accident.