Commercial drone use in the real estate business got a boost with the release of the Federal Aviation Administration’s  final rule governing small unmanned aerial systems. Drones are increasingly being used in commercial applications, but federal regulations have required commercial drone operators to apply for a waiver from the FAA before they can fly. Over 5,000 waivers were issued to commercial entities, but only licensed pilots were eligible to fly commercially.The FAA’s announcement marks a long-fought victory for for the National Association of Realtors. The NAR has worked with the FAA and industry partners to integrate drones into the national airspace for commercial use. Drones are useful in a number of real estate-related applications, including marketing properties, assisting with appraisals, facilitating insurance claims and overseeing utility work. The new rules are expected to open the door for additional operators and uses.