Chris Polychron, president of the National Association of Realtors, recently testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet at a hearing entitled “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Commercial Applications and Public Policy Implications.”
NAR testified on the growing interest in the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), their commercial application in the real estate industry, and Realtor perspectives on legislative and regulatory efforts to advance safe drone use in the commercial space.
“Commercial use of UAS has the potential to create new jobs and businesses specializing in their uses,” Polychron said in his testimony before the subcommittee. “NAR and its members are excited about these possibilities but also understand the need to balance them with protecting the privacy and safety of citizens and other users of the country’s national airspace.
“As end-users of drone technology, Realtors want clear regulation that permits the commercial application of UAS in a way that is affordable to users and safe for their communities, both on the ground and in the air.”
NAR says it has been working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration and others to advance a responsible approach to commercial drone use. To that end, NAR joined the “Know Before you Fly” campaign earlier this year and is a part of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s “Multistakeholder Process: Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” a working group on privacy as it relates to the use of drones.