Skip to comments.Still Unconvinced, Home Buyer? Check Out the View From the Drone
Posted on 12/24/2013 1:21:42 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
The Georgian-style estate comes with a five-bedroom house and four wood-burning fireplaces, a separate studio and a heated pool on two acres in Greenwich, Conn. But it has a $6.1 million price tag, and more than a dozen showings since October had yielded no buyer.
It was time to bring in the drone.
Controlled remotely by a hand-held console, it took off from the driveway with a loud mechanical whine and hovered around 20 feet in the air to record video of the house against a wintry landscape of snow-flecked trees. Its handler later launched it inside, where it whirred past a chandelier and framed oil paintings before soaring up to the 30-foot ceiling for a panoramic view.
Within days, the footage shot by the drone was being edited into a slick video for Halstead Propertys website, where the drone-aided video of another offering a $7.6 million beach house on Brush Island Road in Darien, Conn. has been viewed more than 500,000 times....
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“And here is the majestic view of your house the tactical drones will have as the government thugs kick your door in!”
The last I looked, commercial use of drones such as this was illegal.
Provided that it was done with the owner’s consent, I can’t see why it should be illegal, or why it would occur to anyone to outlaw it—but maybe I have underestimated the foresight of the nanny state.
You don’t own / control the airspace over your property. That’s the FAA’s bailiwick.
Hobbyists can fly drones, but commercial operation is currently very limited by the FAA.
Here’s an article I found on the subject:
The NY Times is overplaying the word “drones”. This is nothing more than an R/C helicopter with an onboard video cam. Big deal. R/C aircraft have been in operation for over 70 years.
They’re a lot more sophisticated these days. And the quadrotors (and up) are a lot easier to fly.
Nevertheless, the FAA *does* limit commercial use of R/C aircraft, which is what this article is about.
If you go to the link here you can see the featured house.
Down in the lower right corner, there is a button that says, “View from above.” There are a lot of cool house videos there. Also, there are a couple vids of the copter in action.
I can almost hear the robotic voice from that thing.
“By your command!”