LAPD warning to Real Estate Agents use of RC Helicopters in Los Angeles

The LAPD this week came out with a warning to Real Estate Agents in the Los Angeles area about the use of RC Helicopters and  drone aircraft flying to take aerial photography of  higher end homes for sale.  The Realtors often use these aerial photos to showcase their listing of multi million dollar homes.   Mi6films does NOT fly small RC Helicopters or drones anymore after a request from the FAA last year to stop flying our RC Helicopter until new FAA regulations come out on how to operate the Drone RC Helicopters safely  in the national air space.

The small RC Helicopters unlike many news articles reflect for Real Estate are flown on “private property” are at an elevation of 50 to 90 feet above the home, no where need any airport, air traffic flying overhead, or any LAPD full size helicopter which has to maintain minimum FAA regulations 400 feet elevation above the ground.  There is no chance even of an RC Helicopter hitting a full size LAPD helicopter or even a jet landing at LAX, beyond reasonable to think this could happen.

mi6 films does fly a full size Robinson R-44 Helicopter out of John Wayne Orange County airport for taking all future Real Estate aerial photography, glad to continue to help our Realtor clients in OC & LA with aerial photography of their listings until the FAA has rules in place to allow the use of RC Helicopters and drone aircraft to fly again.

Here is one article Los Angeles Times about the LAPD.


The Los Angeles Police Department is warning real estate agents not to use images of properties taken from unmanned aircraft, saying the flying drones pose a potential safety hazard and could violate federal aviation policy.

The warning was issued this week after officers saw a television news report showing a basketball-sized object with multiple rotors hovering over an expansive Westside residence.

“We are just trying to inform the public to ensure that before hiring these companies to operate these aircraft in federal airspace, that they are abiding by the federal regulations to ensure safety,” said police Sgt. George Gonzalez.

Drones can range from as small as model airplanes built by hobbyists to as large as a commercial jet. Nationally, there has been an intense and growing debate about the safety of allowing drones to operate in airspace used by passenger aircraft.

Federal regulations prohibit the operation of unmanned aircraft in U.S airspace without specific permission, though the rules do allow hobbyists to fly model planes in designated areas.

Real estate agents have been posting aerial photos and video of homes for sale in the Los Angeles area, according to the LAPD. The pictures have been taken from several hundred feet off the ground in the city’s crowded airspace — an altitude at which police helicopters often fly.

Seeking to maintain the safety of their pilots as well as people on the ground, LAPD officials are first notifying those who are in the market for photos taken by drones “so they make informed decisions and don’t hurt anybody,” Gonzalez said.

The LAPD knows who was operating the “spider-like” drone shown on TV, but hasn’t yet contacted the operator, Gonzalez said.


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