FAA Part 107 Drone Certification
Your Guide To Obtaining FAA Part 107 Certification
HOW DO I RECEIVE PART 107 DRONE CERTIFICATION?
Obtaining drone certification has gotten a lot easier and the quickest way to receive your part 107 drone certification is take an online study course with TheDroneCoach.com. Upon completion, students then take the FAA’s Airman Knowledge Test. Here are step-by-step instructions to receive your part 107 drone certification.
- Take a part 107 training course.
- Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test.
- Be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration.
- Obtain a Remote Pilot Part 107 Certificate.
- Pass a recurrent aeronautical knowledge test every 24 months.
- Be at least 16 years old.
Additional FAA requirements:
- Upon request from the FAA or an FAA administrator, a remote pilot must provide their drone for inspection along with all associated documents and records required to be kept.
- Remote pilots must report accidents to the FAA within 10 days providing the accident results in serious injury or property damage over $500.
- Remote pilots must conduct a preflight inspection of their drone and remote controller to ensure the drone is safe for operation.
WHO MUST OBTAIN PART 107 DRONE CERTIFICATION
If you plan to fly your drone recreationally as a hobbyist, then you do not need to become part 107 certified with the FAA. However, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 now basically forces hobbyists to abide by the same laws, rules and regulations imposed upon certified remote pilots. So with that said, it’s now advisable that everyone who flies a drone that weighs between .55 lbs and less than 50 lbs should become certified, or at least take an online course to ensure no laws or rules are broken. For example, if you are a real estate agent and your client asks you to photograph aerial images of their home for your listing, then you as the agent must be part 107 certified. If that home owners wants the real estate agent to use drone images taken by the home sellers, then that home seller must be part 107 certified. Additional guidelines remote pilots must follow per FAA rules are:
- Flying during daylight hours only.
- Flying under 400 feet AGL (above ground level).
- Operations above 400 feet AGL permitted when sUAS is within 400-foot radius of structure.
- Maintaining direct line-of-sight of your drone.
- Not permitted to fly in National Parks or National Monuments.
- Not permitted to fly over people unless people are directly involved with operations and conversely, flight over people permissible when they’re protected within an automobile or building.
- Drones weighing over .55 lbs (250 grams) must be registered with the FAA.
Government entities or organizations such as law enforcement agencies, public universities, state governments, or local municipalities may operate an sUAS under the rules of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 107 (14 CFR part 107) or, must obtain a blanket public Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) which permits nationwide flights in Class G airspace at or below 400 feet, self-certification of the UAS pilot, and the option to obtain emergency COAs (e-COAs) under special circumstances.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE PART 107 AIRMAN KNOWLEDGE TEST
- Purchase a part 107 study course with The Drone Coach. The course includes over 7 hours of video course studies, nearly 400 practice questions, and two (2) timed 60-question practice exams.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN FAA AERONAUTICAL KNOWLEDGE TEST?
- Contact any Aeronautical Knowledge Testing Center.
- Multiple-choice questions with 3 answers to choose from.
- 60 questions total with two (2) hours to take the test.
- Each question is independent of other questions. A correct response to one does not influence the correct response to another question.
- Some questions require visual references such as the Aeronautical Sectional Charts or Latitude & Longitude maps.
- Minimum passing score is 70%. A student can miss up to 18 questions and still pass the exam.
- Testing centers: http://candidate.catstest.com/sitesearch.php
I HAVE AN FAA SECTION 333 EXEMPTION
- If you already have a Section 333 Exemption, you can continue to operate under its provisions throughout the 24-month licensing window. Additional information can be found here: http://www.faa.gov/uas/media/RIN_2120-AJ60_Clean_Signed.pdf
ADDITIONAL FACTS REGARDING PART 107 DRONE CERTIFICATION
- Pilots who hold a certificate issued under 14 CFR part 61 and have completed a flight review within the previous 24 months do not need to complete a part 107 training course. You can complete the free online training course “Part 107 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) ALC-451” available on the FAA FAASTeam website.
- Medical exams not required.
- The FAA charges $5.00 to register your sUAS.
(register here: https://faadronezone.faa.gov/)
- The FAA requires drone owners to label their sUAS with an FAA registration number.
- The cost to take the FAA Part 107 Airman Knowledge Test is $150.
- It takes about 48 hours for your Part 107 certificate to propagate into the FAA online IACRA system.
- When applying for your Airman Certificate on the IACRA website (https://iacra.faa.gov/IACRA/), but sure to enter all information correctly. Providing inaccurate information is the leading cause for delayed approvals.
- Temporary Part 107 Certificates issued within 10 business days. Remote pilots may commercially operate their sUAS using the temporary certification. It takes approximately six to eight weeks for the FAA to mail your actual certificate to you.