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People are relying on unmanned systems to help them make better informed decisions, expand reach and access, and increase safety and productivity. This new era of human-machine collaboration depends on trust and understanding—allowing each component of the team to do what it does best.

Automation (unmanned) has already eliminated millions of manufacturing, foodservice, and retail jobs, and there’s little doubt it will eventually reshape every other industry.

According to a forecast from the Institute for the Future (IFTF), 85% of the jobs in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet. Ten years after that, the workforce may be totally unrecognizable.

Sure, robots are disrupting some industries. But in others, they’re actually just making humans better at their jobs. The robots in Amazon’s warehouses, which buzz around the company’s fulfillment centers and help workers find and carry items, is a perfect example.

The need for skilled humans to operate, utilize and advance technologies will remain unequivocally necessary.  The question is…what are you doing to Prepare and stay Relevant!

FAA Fining Realtors® $11,000 who hire unlicensed drone pilots

From PFRE web site:

“Just as an update, the FAA confirmed in writing this week of the fines that can be applied. For a pilot who is unlicensed, the fine is $1,100 per occurrence/flight where imagery is used commercially. More importantly perhaps, the fine for the real estate agent who hires an unlicensed pilot is $11,000. Of course, if you’re an agent who bought a drone and took the photos or video yourself, you will be liable for both fines.”

Let me put that into plain words for you.  Every time you take “Jimmy” (the local high school kid) with you to shoot some “commercial” (that’s you) drone shots, he is liable for $1,000 in fines and you are liable for $12,100 in fines.  Then to make matters worse you are presenting them with the proof just by publishing those images on the MLS.  All it takes my friends is a competitor to turn you in.  We all know that never happens.  None of you ever had anonymous complaints sent to the Realtor Board about some advertisement or web site that unknowingly bent the rules just a little.  That never happens does it?

Did you know that if you fly one of these things within 5 miles of the perimeter of and airport you must call the control tower and tell and provide them with all the information (by the way be prepared to be licensed when you talk to them)?  Did you know East Point is within 5 miles of Hartsfield Airport?  Does “Jimmy” know that?

There are licensed drone operators that are insured and provide reasonable services.  Use them!

Licensed drone pilot Paul Charbonnet of Louisiana received an email from the FAA’s UAS Help Team specifically addressing this very issue. In other words, if you are an unlicensed drone pilot and you’re flying over one of your own listings you can be fined twice, adding up to $12,100 in fines.

Respect and professionalism is a two-way street. You will get better results from a licensed drone pilot. According to MLS statistics, homes with aerial images sold 68 percent faster than homes with standard images. Video tours that incorporate drone footage are also a great way to make your property stand out and to attract new listings. According to the National Association of REALTORS, 73 percent of homeowners say that they are more likely to list with a real estate agent who uses video to market their home; however, only 9 percent of agents create listing videos.

Hire only Legal, Safe, Licensed operators.