For the past few years, all of the new buzz in Market was for aerial footage. While it was great and produced some really cool pictures and video, there is going to be a shift away from the practice.

Many Real Estate agents got their own drones, and did their own flying illegally, because to do it properly was almost a full time job. You needed to fill out a mountain of paperwork, get insurance, and basically plan a battlefield war. While some agents actually hired professional companies to get this type of footage, this costs a fortune.

The reason why agents just went out and bought a drone and risked doing their own shots were that the laws were not very clear and there wasn’t much of a penalty. Fast forward to 2017, and after multiple close calls around airports and other accidents, the government has finally come out with some legislation that will hurt somebody if they are caught fighting illegally.

Here are some of the new regulations directly from Transport Canada’s Website.

Do not fly your drone:

higher than 90 m above the ground
closer than 75 m from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds, etc.
closer than nine km from the centre of an aerodrome (any airport, heliport, seaplane base or anywhere that aircraft take-off and land)
within controlled or restricted airspace
within nine km of a forest fire
where it could interfere with police or first responders
at night or in clouds
if you can’t keep it in sight at all times
if you are not within 500 m of your drone
if your name, address, and telephone number are not clearly marked on your drone.

If you fly your drone for fun and it weighs more than 250 g and up to 35 kg, you do not need special permission from Transport Canada to fly.

Follow the basic safety rules below. Not doing so may put lives, aircraft and property at risk. If you fly where you are not allowed or choose not to follow any of the rules below, you could face fines of up to $3,000.

As you can see this will definitely change the way marketing will be done, and most agents due to the cost will probably opt out of this kind of footage rather than take the risks.

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