FAA releases long-awaited rules for operating drones

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The Federal Aviation administration has just released new rules on operating drones, ending several years of deliberation on how to handle the popular devices.

According to the new rules, as outlined in USA Today.

  • Commercial drones weighing up to 55 pounds to fly during daylight hours and lower than 400 feet in the air, or higher if within 400 feet of a taller building or tower.
  • The aircraft must remain within sight of the operator or an observer who is in communication with the operator.
  • The operators must be at least 16 years old and pass an aeronautics test every 24 months for a certificate and a background check by the Transportation Security Administration.

The rules governing drones are contained in a 600-plus page document.

This is a long-awaited ruling by the real estate industry. The National Association of REALTORS® was one of the parties consulted by the FAA in the process of coming up with the rules.

“With this new rule, we are taking a careful and deliberate approach that balances the need to deploy this new technology with the FAA’s mission to protect public safety,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “But this is just our first step. We’re already working on additional rules that will expand the range of operations.”


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About Jon Broadbooks

Jon Broadbooks is Vice President/Communications for Illinois REALTORS®. He serves as editor of online and print content for the association’s communications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and e-newsletters. He conducts spokesperson training seminars and oversees website development for the Association.

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