FAA Part 107 Drone Certification
Your Guide To Obtaining FAA Part 107 Certificate
HOW DO I RECEIVE PART 107 DRONE CERTIFICATION?
Obtaining drone certification, often referred to as a drone license, has gotten a lot easier and the quickest way to receive your part 107 drone certification is to watch our free online video tutorials and subscribe to our online study course. Just just $49, you’ll have lifetime access to nearly 300 quizzes that will be found on the actual FAA Airman’s Knowledge Exam, along with dozens of quizzes and comprehensive printed materials you can download as well. Here are step-by-step instructions to receive your part 107 drone certification.
- Take a part 107 training course and watch our free online video tutorials.
- Be at least 14 years of age to sit for the exam.
- Be at least 16 years of age to receive your remote pilot certificate.
- Pass an initial airmen aeronautical knowledge exam.
- Be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration.
- Obtain a remote pilot part 107 certification (also referred to as a drone license).
- Pass a recurrent aeronautical knowledge exam every 24 months.
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, then you do not need to become part 107 certified. However, the FAA does require by law for recreational flyers to pass an aeronautical knowledge and safety test. The test is free, and can be completed through AMA.org. But if you have any intention of earning an income from flying your drone, then you must become part 107 certified. 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 because you will eventually earn an income (commission) after the home sells. If the homeowner wants their real estate agent to use drone images taken by the home seller, then that home seller must be part 107 certified. Additional guidelines remote pilots must follow per FAA rules are:
- Flying daylight or evening hours (rule changed April 6, 2021).
- 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 for just $49 with The Drone Coach and have access to nearly 300 practice quizzes, two (2) timed 60-question practice exams, download all printed materials, and have access to over 7 hours of video course studies too!
- Watch our free video tutorials on YouTube (the same videos in our paid course, but without the practice exams and printed material.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN FAA AIRMEN KNOWLEDGE EXAM?
- Schedule your exam through the PSI Exam enter: https://faa.psiexams.com/faa/login
- 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: https://faa.psiexams.com/faa/login
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.
- As of July 1, 2021, the cost to take the FAA Part 107 Airman Knowledge Test is $175.
- 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.
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