Date: May 6, 2021

Location: Virtual Classroom, MD

Washington DC Metropolitan Area Chapter
Mr. Houstle
Virtual Classroom
Virtual Classroom, MD
Ellis, III, Lamar
Please note that you must have a webcam on your computer to verify attendance.


Understand the effective use of drones including the relevant procedures, rules and regulations

Would you like to …

  • explore the various types of aerial inspections and the different crossover real estate businesses using them;
  • become familiar with the Federal, State, and Local rules and how to obtain permissions for safe aerial operations;
  • watch from the skies as a residential home is constructed over a 10-month period;
  • understand the environmental and operational issues involved in multiple operational flight; and
  • learn how drones can improve the quality of your appraisals?

If so, join us as Lamar H. Ellis, III, MAI, SRA, president of Drone Education Services flies us through the effective use of drones including the relevant procedures, rules and regulations you need to understand to take advantage of this technology. Lamar is a DronePro representative and  subject matter expert on UAS Technology/Drones for the FAA Safety Team in Georgia. In this three-hour class, he’ll cover the following areas:


  • Learn what is a drone?
  • Learn the four environments that drones operate in and how they impact real estate.
  • The three types of drones that are being used for aerial inspections.
  • Understand which aerial drones work best in urban, suburban and rural environments.
  • Discuss the various real estate businesses and their need for aerial inspections.
  • Learn crossover real estate businesses using aerial inspections.
  • Discuss the future trends of how drone technology will affect real estate.


  • Discuss the public issues of privacy.
  • Discuss the public issues of security.
  • Learn how to navigate the FAA website.
  • Learn how to determine whether you are using your drone for commercial business
  • Discuss Operational Rules for aerial inspections
  • Learn how to register a drone
  • Learn how to become a certified remote pilot
  • Understand the Federal Code of Regulations and the rules that apply to aerial inspections using aerial drones.


  • Develop a planned mission for an urban single-family residential home.
  • Set up a landing and take-off zone.
  • Develop flight patterns to keep people and property safe.
  • Learn how to determine the risk mitigation procedures for a safe operation.
  • Learn about anticipated hazards and how to deal with them.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted in writing and are subject to the cancellation fee below. 

* 7 - 14 days prior to program start date, $25.00 cancellation fee.

* Less than 7 days prior to program start date, $50 cancellation fee.

Additional Information

Zoom: The login link will be sent the day before the class. As required by the AQB, all students must have a working camera and microphone so they can be seen and heard by the instructor for the duration of the class.

CE Approval: An application for CE approval has been submitted to DC, MD and VA. So far, MD and VA have approved.

Class Time: 9:00am - Noon ET(Login to "sign in" no later than 8:45am)


National Disclaimer

This Educational Program was developed by an outside party. The Appraisal Institute Chapter made arrangements for the Third-Party to offer the Program with the intent of addressing topic(s) based on a certain chapter or local need for such topic, solely educational and informational purposes. The Appraisal Institute national organization was not involved in developing or organizing the Program and does not endorse the Program or its content.

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State Credit

Please note that 100% attendance is required in order to receive any approved state credit or to be awarded AI CE points. It is imperative that you check with your state board for state approval information before completing registration.

Other Information

If you have a disability and require accommodation, please notify the sponsor at least two weeks in advance for reasonable accommodations to be arranged.

The Appraisal Institute reserves the rights to cancel, limit, or reschedule the program and to change instructor assignments and facility locations at any time.