Is Drone Photography For Real Estate Legal?

You have likely heard a lot of buzz lately about aerial / drone photography for real estate.  There has been a lot of conflicting information presented about whether or not it is legal, and what risks you might be taking hiring an aerial photographer.

The Dallas Photographers are proud to be one of the few photography companies across the nation that now offers completely legal FAA compliant drone photography in all of our markets.  We have jumped through all of the legal hoops so that you don't have to.

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Here are some things you need to know to make sure that you are not 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 valid 107 license from the FAA. This is a lengthy process that requires passing a grueling test.

  • Must fly in a two man team, if the drone at any time is out of view of the pilot, with one person as the pilot and another as a spotter.

  • In some cases the pilot must file a NOTAM with the FAA no earlier than 24 hours and not more then 48 hours before each flight. This includes information such as location duration, altitude and flight path of the flight.

  • Must be 16 years of age or older.

  • Must pass a background check.

  • Commercial drones must weigh less than 55 pounds.

  • Drones must fly lower then 400 feet from the launch point.

  • Drones can not go faster than 100 mph.

The Dallas Photographers works with only 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.  

Make sure that any photographer you consider hiring for that special property can also offer you at least three options for insurance. The Dallas Photographers will offer you $1M, $2.5M, $5M insurance policies and in some places up to $10M worth of insurance. We will also offer you one hour of coverage, 4 hours of coverage and up to 8 hours of coverage.