The Federal Aviation Administration continues its work to integrate unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones, into the National Airspace System, and Realtors® stand ready to take advantage of their many benefits. That’s according to panelists at the “Using a Drone in Your Business: Knowing Your Risk” session held as part of the 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo.
“This technology is an incredible tool for real estate professionals, but can be dangerous if the wrong person is in control,” said session moderator Kolleen Kelley, Realtor® and 2015 Risk Management Committee vice chair.
The panelists spoke about the extensive benefits of using drones in real estate, but also warned the audience that following the rules is of critical importance to mitigate potential risks and liabilities.
Wide-scale commercial use of drones is currently prohibited, but the FAA has streamlined a waiver process for individuals and businesses interested in using drones for commercial purposes. So-called Section 333 waivers are already in use by dozens of Realtors® and other operators currently using drones for their business.