Beginning on August 29th, 2016, small unmanned aircraft systems [ called drones ] will have new regulations and orders from the FAA.
Rector Hayden REALTORS® understands that aerial, stabilized video is a great tool for marketing your listings, however we want our agents and their clients to make sure they are within the laws of operating these new devices.
If a Company Does a Drone Video/Photo service for you, they SHOULD:
- Be a sUAS operator that has either a current remote pilot certificate with a sUAS rating or a current pilot’s license and succesfully completed the necessary training courses;
- Have umbrella insurance coverage in the event of an accident or other related legal issue;
- Use a contract that indemnifies you for any claims related to the sUAS operation, including privacy, personal injury, and property damage claims.
If YOU FLY A DRONE YOURSELF, Here’s what you need to know:
- No more pilot’s license or Section 333 exemption required
- Must not weigh over 55 pounds
- Must fly no higher than 400 feet
- Must fly no faster than 100 mph
- Drone must be in visual line of sight at all times
- Drone must abide by all privacy laws in the state
- May only be flown during daylight hours
- Must be registered if over .55 pounds
- Licensing – required to have Remote Pilot Certificate with sUAS Rating
To become licensed:
- Be at least 16 years old;
- Be able to ready, write, and understand the English language;
- Be in physical and mental condition that allows for the safe operation of the sUAS;
- Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test
- Pay $150.00
- Your certificate is valid for 24 months.