FAA Delays Decision on Drones | Chicago Association of REALTORS®

Real estate professionals planning to use drones to capture aerial photos of listings will have to wait.

A delay in the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision on drone rules means commercial drones will likely stay grounded until 2017.

The FAA has extended its 2015 deadline to issue final rules for small commercial drones by two years.

“We all agree that the project is taking too long,” Peggy Gilligan, a top FAA safety official, recently testified to a congressional House panel. She added that a proposal on drones is under executive review and it is expected to take months before settling on a final set of rules.

NAR has instructed members against using drones or hiring photographers or videographers who use drones for capturing aerial images of listings until the FAA issues its final guidelines.