Once you have chosen the right drone, it is very important to figure out where, when, and what missions you can legally fly to avoid large fines, and ensure safety.
Until August 29, 2016 the rules and regulations in the U.S. were mostly unstructured in terms of the legality of flying UAV’s. Since then, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made many strides in making flying drones legal and far more safe. Even now, although these regulations bring a solid structure to the drone arena, we receive many questions on whether the average drone operator needs an FAA Part 107 license or not.
Okay, -you’ve taken a look at the regulations and decided you want to become a commercial drone pilot to start making some money and helping people with this awesome technology. How do you start the process of receiving your Remote Pilot Airman Certificate?
To qualify to become a Part 107 pilot, you must:
Be at least 16 years old
Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English (Exceptions may be made if you are unable to meet one of these requirements for a medical reason, such as hearing impairment.)
Be in a physical and mental condition to safely operate a small UAS
Pass the initial Aeronautical Knowledge Exam at an FAA-approved Knowledge
To receive a Part 107 license, the FAA requires all pilots to first pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test. The exam is a 60-question, multiple choice test with three answer options (A, B, C). Some questions will require you to reference airspace maps and weather charts that are provided by the FAA testing center.
To pass you must receive a score of 70% or better. In other words, you have to get 42 out of the 60 questions right to become an FAA pilot.
Here is a breakdown of the questions by category:
Airspace & Requirements: 15%-25%
Loading and Performance: 7%-11%
Total: 60 Questions
Please, please, please don’t read this and think, “Oh, this might be too hard for me.” IT’S REALLY NOT THAT HARD.
Using the Altitude University Part 107 Training Course or any other online training course allows you to breeze through the studying in nearly 10 hours. I know you have put that amount of time into a test or big project at some point in your life, and we bet you didn’t come out of that event being a Certified FAA Drone Pilot. It is worth it.
1. Register your UAV
The FAA requires that all drones greater than .55 pounds and less than 55 pounds be registered with the FAA and given a registration number. You can do this by either registering online or using a paper-based registration process.
UAV’s that are not flown as model aircraft must be registered individually by the owner. Each registration is only $5 so it won't break the bank to be an aerial pilot. Find out more about registering your drone HERE.
Friendly Reminder: You must have the FAA registration certificate in your possession when flying, and are required to show it to any federal, state, or local law enforcement officer upon request.
Wake up, lace up, and put the work in as an investment in yourself and your future. There are a wide-variety of powerful training courses out there to teach you the material you need to know, but at the end of the day, however you decide to study, make the commitment and put in the time to become an FAA-licensed drone pilot.
We are currently offering a 35% OFF Discount on our Online Part 107 Test Prep Course. To sign up, visit www.Altitude-University.com
Once you feel you have the material down, the next step is to schedule an appointment with a Knowledge Testing Center. Here is a link to a listing of testing centers:
You can also contact Knowledge Test Service Providers directly to schedule the test at:
• CATS: (800) 947-4228
• PSI: (800) 211-2754
The testing facility will require you to bring proper identification. Prior to scheduling, please ensure you clarify what is required at your specific testing center.
The cost of the test will most likely be $150, which will be paid to the testing center, either online or by phone.
You now have all the information for moving from a drone hobbyist to becoming a Certified FAA commercial pilot.
Congratulations! You are now one step closer to legally flying your drone for commercial applications. Whether you are flying for real estate, media, construction or any other commercial industry, receiving your drone license is a huge first step in any professional pilot’s flying career.
Once you have taken and passed the exam, you are still not technically a licensed drone pilot. Not to worry, the next step is very simple.
To receive your drone license, go to https://iacra.faa.gov/IACRA/ and register for an account. Known as the Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA), this is the FAA Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application.
Once you have registered, this web-based certification/rating application ensures you meet the requirements and electronically submits the application to the FAA's Airman Registry.
Within 10 days, your application should be validated and will allow you to print out your temporary drone license, which is valid for 120 days. All you have to do now is wait for your real drone license to come in the mail.
Once you have passed the exam, registered with the IACRA, and received your physical Part 107 Certificate, you are now a commercial drone pilot. From here, you are free to fly drones for commercial applications and are responsible to operate under the Part 107 guidelines outlined throughout the exam.
Make sure to always keep your license with you when operating your UAV. Be sure to stay on top of your renewal, which happens every 2 years.
So, there it is! The complete cheat sheet on how to become an FAA Part 107 licensed pilot. The merits of drone technology are endless and we are just at the brink of unleashing this technology to assist hundreds of commercial industries.
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Fly Safe!! - Brandon