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House Committee Hearing on UAS (from the Washington Report)

December 1, 2017

On Wednesday, November 29, the House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation, Chaired by Rep. LoBiondo (R-NJ) with Ranking Member Rep. Larsen (D-WA) held a hearing on "Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Emerging Uses in a Changing National Airspace," focused on the need to continue work on integrating UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) into the National Airspace, while protecting safety and security.

The hearing's two witness panels included representatives of the UAS industry and companies utilizing the technology, and current FAA Administrator, Daniel Elwell, and the Director of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, Earl Lawrence.  Their testimony and the Subcommittee members' questions focused on the positive impact that UAS can have for the economy (creating jobs) and various industries (making routine work, such as maintenance and inspections, safer and more efficient), and the challenges of working in a continually shifting regulatory framework.  They also stressed the need for clear regulations for UAS use, and the need for the government to engage with the UAS industry on concerns like geofencing, remote identification systems, and other security issues.  The FAA representatives discussed the progress of their rulemaking for UAS, including rules for remote identification, and steps toward "detect and avoid" technology, which could prevent collisions in the sky.

The FAA released its small UAS rulemaking in August 2016, and was expected to follow-up with rules allowing over-crowd flights and beyond-visual-line of sight flights for micro-UAS; however, those rulemakings have been delayed.  In November 2017, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, Congress reinstated the requirement that all UAS - whether for commercial or recreational use - be registered with the FAA.  NAR has been very active with both Congress and the FAA as they continue their work to integrate UAS, and sent a letter to the Subcommittee on Aviation for this hearing stressing the need for continued rulemaking to allow UAS technology to meet its full potential, while protecting the safety of the NAS and people on the ground.

Below is an article from the National Associaion of Realtors

Technological advances have made it efficient and cost effective to take pictures and videos from drones, aka Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).  Real estate professionals working with residential, commercial and land parcels can all benefit from the images and information obtained from using UAS technology. This imagery is an incredible tool for potential homeowners moving to a different city, buying a second home, or trying to streamline the research process necessary to buy a new home. Many commercial properties or large parcels of land do not lend themselves well to traditional photography. Other UAS applications in real estate include insurance inspections, appraisals, building management, and heat-loss imaging.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) small drone rule became effective August 29, 2016.  This rule eased the restrictions on UAS use for businesses by creating an FAA-issued "UAS Operator Certificate" which does not require a pilots license.

Below is an article from Zillow.com dated 6/15/2017

For Real Estate agents, drones have more uses than you can realize.

Drone photography can show potential buyers a variety of details, including:

  • Encompassing aerial views of the entire property and land
  • Confirming condition of the roof and other property features that are difficult to access
  • What the drive home or the kids’ walk to school looks like
  • The neighborhood and surrounding area, including the home’s proximity to amenities
  • Civic developments or local improvement districts (LIDs) that the buyer’s property taxes might contribute to
  • Property maps and surveys

If you’re considering using drones for real estate photography, be ready for it: You might be one of the first in your area to offer clients that service, making you stand out from the competition while adding a serious wow factor to your marketing.

For  the full article from Zillow, just follow the link to Everything you Need to Know About Drones.

Below is an article from CBSNews dated March 6, 2017

9 Ways Drones are Changing Real Estate

  1.  Budget-friendly aerial photography
  2.  Buzz for listing agents
  3.  Better views of bigger homes
  4.  Better look at the land
  5.  A more personal view of the property
  6.   Tour of the town and neighborhood
  7.   For commercial real estate - remote viewings
  8.  Addressing increasing privacy concerns
  9.  Addressing increasing liability concerns

For this full article follow the link to CBSNews.com-9 ways drones are changing real estate