Wouldn’t it be cool to have your next Amazon order delivered by drone? Drone delivery is indeed in the works at Amazon [click to watch video].
The “little guys” have begun using drones, as well. Ryan Haslet, a real estate agent in my area, hires a photographer to fly a drone equipped with a high-definition camera over the properties he represents. Haslet incorporates the aerial footage into his marketing videos.
Here’s a link to one of his videos, which opens with a gorgeous aerial shot of a 7-acre property: http://www.3431glacierpeak.com/.
The videos are an effective tool for showing a listing to prospective buyers who live overseas or in other states. And even though I live less than five miles from this estate, I found the video pretty interesting, too!
As for the drone itself, it’s owned by HD Estates, a Seattle company that specializes in photographing real estate. The drone costs $2,500, can soar as high as 800 feet, and runs on a rechargeable lithium battery. The hand-held controller includes a slot for a smart phone so the photographer can see exactly what the drone is filming on the phone’s screen.
According to the FAA, the legality of using drones to film real estate is debatable; flights that are not for hobby or recreation require a certified aircraft, a licensed pilot and operating approval from the FAA.
Let’s Brainstorm Together
For the fun of it, let’s just say the FAA approved you to pilot a drone. How would you use a drone to build your business?
Read the full story in The (Everett) Herald Business Journal, September 2014.