Monday, March 3, 2014

FAA Investigates Washington Nationals' Drone Use


VIERA, Florida -- The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the use of a quadcopter drone by the Washington Nationals to photograph their Spring Training at the Space Coast Stadium in Brevard County, POLITICO reported last week.  The FAA considers the commercial use of drones to be illegal.


While illegal, some Florida businesses continue to openly use drones for commercial purposes.   According to Florida Realtors,  "Although there is a federal ban on the commercial use of drones, real estate photographers are still using the radio-controlled helicopters to take aerial photos and videos that show the proximity of properties to neighbors, landmarks and amenities."

Last year, proposed drone use by the Orange County Sheriff's Office sparked a political firestorm in Tallahassee after Floridians voiced their concern over privacy and property rights.  Florida then became the first state in the U.S. to regulate the use of law enforcement drones after Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law drone regulation legislation that unanimously passed the Florida Legislature in April 2013.


Image credit: FAA