A bright white drone, with four arms jutting from its center, whirs to life.
John Ciluzzi, armed with a remote complete with GPS tracker and video screen, navigates the battery-powered drone into the air in an empty parking lot near a property he is marketing via his real estate company, Premier Commercial.
Weighing just a couple of pounds, the device lifts about 20 feet into the air and projects video back to his screen on the ground.
Ciluzzi purchased his drone in June and formed a new venture, Altitude Films, to provide aerial video and film for clients of Premier Commercial.
“I really think it provides a competitive advantage for us,” he said.
But hovering over all real estate agents who consider using the devices are the objections of the Federal Aviation Administration. The government agency states that commercial use of drones is not allowed, including for real estate purposes.
A National Transportation Safety Board administrative judge ruled in March that the FAA did not have authority over small unmanned aircraft.