The first week of December 2017, the FAA confirmed in writing the fines that can be applied as follows: 

  • For a pilot who is unlicensed, the fine is $1,100 per occurrence/flight where imagery is used commercially.
  • The fine for the the real estate agent who hires an unlicensed pilot is $11,000.
  • An agent who bought a drone and took the photos or video themselves would be liable for both fines.



Drone photography and video offers a unique view of your property and location. By hiring a professional, licensed drone pilot/operator, you can eliminate the risk of drone use and ensure you have some beautiful results. That said, drone images generate buzz and differentiate yourself amongst your real estate competition. Even if the property is not ocean view, it is still great to see the surrounding neighborhood such as the park, school or shopping center. Four times as many buyers would much rather watch a drone video then read a long paragraph about the property. Capture your buyer’s attention with this unique new perspective!