To further the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) acceptance of the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for commercial purposes – specifically in real estate – the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has joined the FAA's working group for UAS.
The trade association says in a post on its website that it wants to convey to the FAA how Realtors are capable of operating UAS “safely and responsibly” for capturing photos or video footage of properties.
NAR says it is supportive of any new FAA rules that would allow this commercial practice, as long as the rules “are not overly cumbersome or expensive.”
Earlier this year, NAR was one of the organizations that sent a letter to the FAA urging the agency to speed up its process for issuing rules that will govern the commercial use of UAS.
Some Realtors who use UAS to capture aerial footage of properties have recently said the FAA has come after them with subpoenas.
Many companies, however, have publicly stated that they will continue using the aircraft, regardless of the difficulties with the FAA. “Until they officially rule it out and it’s against the law, we’re going to continue doing what we do to offer value to our clients,” Patrick Parker, owner of New Jersey-based Patrick Parker Realty, said in a release in July.