Drones 101

  • March 14, 2017
  • Stephanie Lai

Credit to Clem Onojeghuo via Unsplash

On our YouTube channel, you’ll find “How to use a drone for your real estate business.” In it, tech journalist, Si­mon Cohen, gives a short tutorial on how to use a DJI Phantom 4 R Quadcopter.

Drone photogra­phy is becoming an essential part of a REALTOR®’s toolkit be­cause of the unique ability to showcase a property in a new way.

They can capture cinematic-quality videos and images of the properties you’re listing, like fly over the neighbourhood or walk-throughs that make clients feel like they’re in the home.

The great thing about using drones is that the technol­ogy has improved dramatically and cost has dropped. You can also plot specific flight paths using a GPS and you can easily use your smartphone to stop and record.

If you are not com­fortable with the idea of operating one on your own, you can hire a video produc­ing professional to help you out.

However, if you are interested in operat­ing a drone yourself, you need to make sure you follow a few dos and don’ts as found on Trans­portation Canada’s website.

  • Make sure you have your Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC), since you are fly­ing for work. More details can be found here.
  • Fly your drone in good weather
  • Keep the drone within your eyesight and not on the moni­tor
  • Respect the pri­vacy of others. If you are taking pictures or video of private property, ensure you have written permis­sion from the owners to do so.
  • Don’t fly in clouds or fog
  • Don’t fly higher than 300m off the ground
  • Don’t fly closer than 150m from peo­ple, animals, build­ings, structures or vehicles

For more Dos and Don’ts, check out Transport Canada’s page.

Alternatives to the DJI Phantom 4 R Quadcopter: