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Oops -- Half-Dressed Woman in Listing Video

Oops -- Half-Dressed Woman in Listing Video

An Australian sunbather wearing only a thong found herself featured in a neighbor’s home listing after a Realtor used a drone to take aerial photographs of the property next door.

The incident was featured in Aussie newspapers this week, along with an enlarged photo of said thong. While the advertisement was an accident, the unintentional thong photo points out general privacy concerns with drones and raises more issues with how they are used commercially.

News of the Australian misstep comes as the Federal Aviation Administration won a small victory on Tuesday in trying to oversee drone use.

The U.S. Aviation Safety Board ruled that the FAA can apply its rule of “reckless or careless use” to drones. The ruling follows a 2011 incident where a drone pilot was fined $10,000 for allegedly reckless flying while filming an advertisement for the University of Virginia. The fine was overturned with the question of whether the FAA had the authority to police drones. The FAA appealed.

Tuesday’s decision means the fine will go back to an administrative law judge to determine whether the drone pilot was reckless.

“The Federal Aviation Administration is pleased the National Transportation Safety Board found that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) meet the legal definition of aircraft, and that that the agency may take enforcement action against anyone who operates a UAS or model aircraft in a careless or reckless manner,” an FAA statement said.

Currently, drones are banned by the Federal Aviation Administration for commercial use. Despite the ban, drones are becoming more common with Realtors who can get dramatic aerial video and photos of a listing without renting a helicopter.

Robb Heering, a Wellington attorney who specializes in federal regulatory law and is a licensed Realtor with his own firm, said Tuesday’s decision is big news “since now the FAA is deemed to be in a position to regulate these hobby drones by classifying them as ‘aircraft’.”

Heering, who has a drone of his own, said he recently had a hard landing in his driveway and believes he would have to report the incident if it happened today.

“Last week my drone was just a toy. Today it’s an aircraft, so the next time my drone bumps into the dog I suppose I will complete and file an incident report. Immediately,” he said.

The FAA is expected to release a proposed rule by the end of the year on the operation of drones weighing 55 pounds or less, and 22 people, including one Arizona Realtor, have applied for a legal exemption to rules banning the use of drones for commercial gain.

Congress also asked the FAA to come up with a plan for the safe integration of drone use by Sept. 20, 2015.

source: Jim Gibbs


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Comment balloon 7 commentsDavid Saks • December 07 2014 09:21PM


David Saks It's going to be a while until all the drone issues are worked out.  Perhaps the video editors need to get smarter and edit out people wearing nothing but thongs!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 5 years ago

It'll become the antithesis, Sharon, with voyeurs and cretins all over cyberspace...they'll break out the enhancement tools.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 5 years ago

David, boy the use of drones has really become a hot topic. It seems like it still may be a while before everything gets ironed out regarding the rules/laws that may regulate their use.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) over 5 years ago

Safety, security, privacy and proprietary issues lead the pack of questions for the FAA, Troy. Sensitive matters for the 21st century real estate industry.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 5 years ago

David, the use of drones for commercial purposes is considered illegal.  While their use by hobbyists is permitted.  What's the difference?

There should be rules and guidelines for their use, but they need to be intelligently applied.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 5 years ago

It's funky legislation, Gabe. I suppose if it's for commercial purposes the FAA wants to profit from it. They'll want you to undergo 40 hours of classroom-supervised drone training and pass a written examination by an FAA certified test examiner after your check ride with your DFI (drone flight instructor). Of course that includes an annual inspection of your drone by a DAPT, a drone airframe and powerplant technician, which will include the inspection fees by the hour and additional charges for shop fees such as 50 bucks for squirting a drop of WD-40 on the plastic prop assembly and polishing the vertical stabilizer with a kleenex.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 5 years ago

One of Hollywood agents specifically creates videos with girls in bikinis to show a life style of rich people. What I try to say, you have to have a permission, otherwise, cut it out.

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) over 4 years ago

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