What is a commercial use of UAS?: Any commercial use in connection with a business, including:
Selling photos or videos taken from a UAS
Using UAS to provide contract services, such as industrial equipment or factory inspection
Using UAS to provide professional services, such as security or telecommunications
What are some examples of commercial uses of UAS?
Professional real estate or wedding photography
Professional cinema photography for a film or television production
Providing contract services for mapping or land surveys
You finally bought that shiny new camera-equipped drone this holiday season.Drones offer significant competitive advantages in aerial real estate photography & advertising that bring your customer’s home search to new heights; but, did you know that you’re about to become a pilot and part of the United States aviation system? By law, your drone is an aircraft and subject to strict federal registration, operation and safety requirements. Below is information to ensure you are flying safely in 2016.
What Is A Drone?
A drone, or “unmanned aircraft system” (“UAS”) as referred to by the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), is an unmanned aircraft and all associated elements that are required for the pilot to operate safely and efficiently in the national airspace system.  Drones come in a variety of shapes and sizes and serve diverse purposes. Drone flights are generally short in duration and flown at low altitudes to gather information related to a specific property or location.
May I use a drone in my real estate business?
The FAA considers using drones to take photos for your listing to be more than just a hobby. In fact, using drones for professional real estate purposes is classified as a commercial or business use by the FAA and the FAA currently regulates drone operations for commercial purposes. This means that REALTORS® using drones in their real estate business are subject to regulation by the FAA and may not fly a drone for commercial purposes without express permission from the FAA. The FAA issues Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (“COA”) to select commercial or business drone operators, allowing them to legally operate on a case-by-case basis under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. All exemptions granted under Section 333 are issued with strict conditions and specific limitations with which the drone operator must comply.
REMEMBERING MEADWLARK LEMON ( April 25, 1932 – December 27, 2015)Meadow “Meadowlark” Lemon III is a retired American basketball player, actor, and minister. Meadowlark Lemon played with the Globetrotters for 24 years. Affectionately known to many as the “Clown Prince of Basketball,” Lemon was as famous for his comedic skill on the basketball court as he was for his athletic talent. He later became an ordained minister and served as a preacher in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he divided his time between his work with youth and with his own basketball team, the Harlem All-Stars. His name and patented hook shot are ingrained in the memories of more than one generation. Meadowlark was the most popular member of the most beloved sports team in history – the Harlem Globetrotters. In 2000, Lemon received the John Bunn Award, the highest honor given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame outside of induction. He was inducted into the Hall three years later as a contributor to the game. On May 18, 2009, Lemon became a partial owner of the Smoky Mountain Jam of the American Basketball Association.
Meadow “Meadowlark” Lemon III, was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, on April 25, 1932. He passed in Scottsdale, Arizona on December 27, 2015. He was 83.
…And, even if he doesn’t, the whole Republican field just keeps getting crazier. Threatening to commit war crimes by intentionally bombing women and children.1 “Closing” sections of the Internet.2 Keeping Sharia law out of a city near you.3
These are the policies Republicans support. And in poll after poll, the candidates who take the most extreme, racist, right-wing positions go up.
If any of these candidates end up in the White House in 2016, America is in deep, deep trouble. Just by commanding the national stage, Republicans are already pushing dangerous ideas into public discourse and fueling a climate of violence and vitriol.
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In 2014, Republicans won their biggest House majority in Congress in almost 100 years—most of them every bit as conservative as the current candidates for president.4 Republicans control 32 governorships, including in deep-blue states like Maryland, Illinois, and Massachusetts.5 And, under President Obama, Democrats have lost more than 900 state legislative seats. That’s why anyone who thinks the next election is going to be easy is kidding themselves. Even if Donald Trump wins the nomination.
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‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouseMy signs were all out and brochure boxes loaded
The ad copy in and the lock boxes coded
I just wrote an offer with that one perfect buyer
Ughhh, its so low…they say they won’t go any higher
So I call up my seller with the not so good news
And they agree to meet with me…what have they got to lose?
So we sit at the table and I do what I do best
Crunch numbers, talk deadlines and give it a rest
So the sellers agree and get ready to sign
And then they exclaim… “We’ve got an equity line!”
More crunching and digging to find extra money
The sellers are smiling…but this really isn’t funny
Three months on the market with nary a showing
Now I have an offer and not sure how it’s going
And that’s when they ask what I don’t want to hear
“Can you cut your commission?”, and they crack open a beer
What I need is a Martini while relaxing by a pool
I reply that, “I can’t…it’s a company rule”
So I ring up the buyer right there on the spot
I need to know if they’ll consider a counter or not
To my surprise they speak up, “We’ve got $5000 more”
If its signed tonight we’ll accept it, but absolutely no more
So back to sellers for signatures on the line
They hem and they haw and then finally sign
I email the buyer and get their reply
Accepted as countered, now I’m flying high
The sellers are happy as I walk out the door
It’s just 9pm, I can stop at the store
I pick up some goodies for my own Christmas treat
Head home to chill out and put up my feet
When I drive up to my house it’s such a great sight
All lit up for the holidays with lights oh so bright
A smile crosses my face as I thought it just might
“Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night”!
By Shelly Brunette