FAA drone rules good news for area realtor

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SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a number of new rules for businesses that want to use unmanned aircraft. This means thousands of business people could have a new way to advertise, present information and be more efficient.

These new proposed commercial drone regulations are exactly what one Surf City realty company has been hoping for. It’s a step toward making unmanned aircrafts just another part of doing business.

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Lewis Realty and Associates president Chris Rackley has been waiting a long time for these proposed regulations for commercial drone use.

The FAA proposal would allow drones weighing up to 55 pounds to fly within sight of the operator during daylight hours. The drone must stay below 500 feet in the air and fly less than 100 miles per hour.

Rackley says the rules are reasonable.



“It’s restrictive enough to keep air space safe, but not too restrictive to hurt the industry, so I’m really happy with what they’ve done so far,” Rackley said.

It is likely to be two or three years before the rules are made final

As the FAA unveiled the proposed rules over the weekend, President Obama issued an executive order controlling how federal agencies will use drones of all sizes.