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NAR to Congress: Legalize the safe use of drones

WASHINGTON – Sept. 11, 2015 – National Association of Realtors® (NAR) President Chris Polychron testified before a U.S. House subcommittee this week as it discussed “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Commercial Applications and Public Policy Implications.”

NAR spoke about the growing interest in drone use, their commercial real estate application and Realtors’ perspectives on legislative and regulatory efforts to advance safe drone use in the commercial space.

“Commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems, or UASs, has the potential to create new jobs and businesses specializing in their uses,” Polychron said in testimony. “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 air space.”

Polychron noted that Realtors are end-users of drone technology, and they want clear regulations that permit the commercial use of UASs in a way that is affordable to users and safe.

NAR has been working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 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 “Multi-stakeholder Process: Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” a working group on privacy as it relates to the use of drones.

Although wide-scale commercial drone use is currently prohibited, the FAA has worked to streamline a waiver process for individuals and businesses interested in using drones. So far, the FAA has issued over 1,300 such waivers. A significant percentage of those waivers have gone to users in the real estate business.

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Source: Florida Realtors Feed

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