Is Aerial Drone Photography Legal?

You’ve likely heard a lot of buzz lately about aerial drone photography for real estate

There’s been conflicting information presented about whether or not it’s legal, and what risks you might be taking by hiring an aerial photographer.

Virtuance is proud to be one of the few photography companies across the nation that now offers completely legal, FAA compliant drone photography in several of our markets. We’ve jumped through all of the legal hoops so that you don’t have to.  

Here are some things you need to know to make sure that you aren’t putting you or your clients at risk when taking your marketing to the skies.

Hobbyists can currently fly drones without any special certifications or exemptions from the FAA, but if the flight is for commercial purposes (as it is for real estate), the government requires that anyone flying must, among other things, abide by the following:

  • Must hold a 333 Exemption from the FAA. This is a lengthy process that requires petitioning the FAA to be exempt from the current restrictions on flying drones for commercial purposes.
  • Must fly in a two man team, with one person as the pilot and another as a spotter.
  • The person operating the drone must have a valid Pilots license (yes, the same kind you need to fly an actual plane!).
  • Pilot must file a NOTAM (Notice to Airman) with the FAA no earlier than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before each flight, including information such as location, duration, altitude and flight path of the flight.

Virtuance works only with qualified pilots who meet and follow all of these criteria. Our pilots have hundreds of flight hours and we make sure they are absolutely up to date on the FAA’s current regulations so that we are not putting you or your clients at risk.  If you have any questions about aerial photography for real estate, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!  Aerial photography is a great marketing tool for the right property!

Aerial HDReal® Imagery produces the same consistent results you’re used to from HDReal®! Click the images below to see the full quality of these sample aerial images.