The FAA is Ready For You To Get Your Part 107 Registration

August 28th, 2016

Part107The new Small UAS (Drone) Rule (Part 107), including all pilot and operating rules, become effective today (Monday, August 29, 2016). Here’s the FAA’s official announcement.

Here is the FAA’s page that explains how to become a registered FAA drone pilot. It has links to suggested study materials.

They have a link to a list of testing centers.

Apparently, the FAA appears to have contracted with a company called PSI to run the Part 107 testing locations. Here is the PSI scheduling page where apparently you can call one of two 800 numbers to schedule your examination no matter where you are in the US. Hopefully, they are ready for the crowd.

I noticed that the DroneGirl.com site has some really useful information including links to some online study courses for the Part 107 test.

It will be interesting to hear feedback from those who have been through this process. I hope the FAA is ready for the volume of registrations they are going to receive!

Here is what you get when you pass the test. There are already 3,300 people signed up to take the test so get in line.

 

 

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17 Responses to “The FAA is Ready For You To Get Your Part 107 Registration”

  • Wow, seems I’m out of the drone business overnight. Ya’d have to be crazy AND stupid to take any chances now – imagine all the media coverage this is about to get – hopefully those affected can get scheduled and cram for testing quickly.

  • Good lord! I can understand the complexity of what appears to be the 107 rules for larger more sophisticated drones, but Good God, I am just flying a DJI Phantom! Most of what I am reading with the links above, is like shooting a shot for a 4×5 snap shot with an 8×10″ field camera – over kill. And you have to pass the test every two years? Just to fly my Phantom over someone’s property with their permission to get aerial shots? And if I am not doing this commercially I don’t need to do any of this and pay nothing? Although my threat to life, liberty and safety of others is identical? I think I may just hang up my Phantoms and stick to ground level photography despite the fantastic ability of aerial to convey much more about a property than ground level shots both still and video. I do not have a technical mind. Trying to imprint all this technical data onto my failing memory cells is beyond this poor old sod’s ability and does not seem to me to have much to do with my actual flying of my Phantom which I have been doing recreationally now for over 2 years. I had thought that the FAA was going to have a pilots license for UAV’s under 5 lbs. This one seems to be for 55 lbs and under. Not the same thing at all. Or am I missing something?

  • @Peter – This (Part 107 registration) is WAY simpler that the previous rules. You used to have to have a full pilot’s license to fly a drone 55 lbs or under commercially. I haven’t studied the material but my general impression is that passing this test won’t that difficult.

    I agree, hobbyists and commercial flyers should all have to pass the same test. But they have to start some place. My guess is the FAA is a long ways from being able to implement this and enforce it.

  • I have always maintained that even a Phantom operating in our national airspace is for all practical purposes an aircraft.

    The FAA has finally acknowledged that. Asking an operator to have a basic understanding of the Federal Aviation Regulations, weather, airspace, Notams, CRM etc is not out of line. Thankfully, you don’t have to take a check-ride (demonstrate to an examiner you can fly the Phantom to given standards), and this will be the only certificate issued by the FAA for operating any form of aircraft issued without an actual flight. A first actually (How’s your flying by eyesight only, not using the image on the iPad?) . Also, you will not need a medical exam-another first for issuance of a pilot certificate (until the Class III medical goes bye-bye, but that’s another topic).

    So, while the test questions may seem not relevant to flying around a house and shooting a few stills, it is relevant to aircraft operations. And it also goes a long way to getting the anti-drone groups (ALPA for example) to accept that sUAS are here to stay. You only need a 70 to pass! But learning all this stuff will only help you be a better and more responsible pilot. Yes, a pilot and not a photographer with a drone.

  • I took a training course this weekend, and haven’t scheduled the test yet.

    The coursework was very detailed and if the test is anything like the course was it won’t be a cakewalk. Charts, regulations, weather, and other concepts. The course I took cost $350 and was well worth it, with the added benefit of being able to meet other drone geeks.

    The test costs $150 each time you take it, so there is a good incentive to study.

    A good but expensive test prep app is Drone Pilot (UAS) Test Prep by Dauntless Software. $39.95.

  • Sounds a lot like getting your Real Estate license. 95% of what they make you learn for the test is never used.

  • Hey all, I just took the test today and passed on the seat of my pants with a 75%. Do not let this test sway you from drone usage. Take it and study. I will say that not one of the actual test prep questions were on the exam and it was hard for the amount of study time I put in (30 hrs.) I took the whole 2 hours allocated as well and I needed every last minute.

    I did buy this video series. http://remotepilot101.com/ Videos were much easier to watch for studying.

    It was helpful for reading charts, weather reports, airport traffic and weather conditions but again, not one of the “actual test questions” were on the official exam. I would still recommend it. As Patrick mentioned, the official study guide is prob your best bet but its a hefty doc.

    I would agree with what Peter and other previous posts have said. This is kind of over the top for phantom and 3dr solo drones are a little small for these hoops and knowledge. There is not much difference between a kid flying their solo around their backyard and pros like us filming aerials of a home home for profit. Infact, I would argue that we would be more concerned about people and property versus some kid flying for rec use, but its the hoops we have to go through to avoid a fine.

    Lastly, 3dr has a study guide and actual test questions here, https://3dr.com/faa/
    But again, none were on mine lol. Oh well. Hope this helps and happy studying!

  • Aaron. Great post. Perhaps that gives duffers like me some hope. But a question. When you say “studying” is it mainly a matter of memorizing or learning how to do things you should know how to do according to the FAA? If a balance of both, how much of each? I ask, since my memory has always been bloody awful. I do well with conceptualization thought, creative problem solving thought, logic, visualizations but hopeless at rote memorization even when I was young and my brain yet to be filled.

  • Hey Peter,

    It’s a bit of both. Memorizing weather conditions and general uav rules. The map reading is pretty easy once you know how to do it. Memorizing airspace aspects will be one of the best things you can do.

    Definitely look at the 3dr Sample tests and study guide for maps. That video series really did help. Ino terms of studying. I just wrote down key pieces over and over again. It always helps me remember.

    Hope this helps

  • I took the test this morning…. and passed with 82%. I did an online tutorial from dronepilotgroundschool.com… and it was a huge help. They had an introductory price of $250, which I got in on…. but I think it is now $299. At the end of the lectures they had five practice exams…. however only about 50% of the questions on the exam where in the practice tests… the rest were new… luckily I studied. The lectures are a good starting point but YOU NEED TO STUDY on your own as well. I used YouTube.com for additional information A LOT !! So if the tutorial mentions COLD FRONTS, I looked that up on youtube. There are a ton of videos relating to the information you need to know on youtube… and sometimes hearing another person explain it a little differently, helps. You just need to know what to search for and that’s where the tutorials help. Some of the questions can be memorized… others you absolutely need to study for.

    In an earlier email I provided a link to what the fat sent me last week… to prepare for the test. However I did not review it or study from it before I took the test. That’s because I was already studying from the dronepilotgroundschool.com tutorial before that link was provided to me.

    According to USA Today article, 3,351 people were signed up to take the test today. It also said that “the pent-up demand is that 20,000 commercial drone operators have already registered to start flying, in anticipation of passing those tests that become available Monday.” I’m not sure if this is how many that will eventually take the test?

  • I’ve been lurking here for some time and learning from the others here. I thought though, as an early tester, I’d throw out a comment.

    First off, IMO, I’d say this whole FAA 107 thing is a bit overdone. They want you to know a lot. That said, it may do 2 things: 1. I’ll know more (or do, since I already tested) and 2. Maybe the rogues out there won’t go to this much trouble to be officially licensed and it will cut down on problems. Now on to the test:

    I tested today and did pretty well. As far as prep, I studied the materials that you can get from the FAA:
    http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/media/remote_pilot_study_guide.pdf
    and others available there. Also, this will be furnished and you’ll reference it several times in the test:
    http://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/test_questions/media/sport_rec_private_akts.pdf

    I also studied watched a lot of Youtube videos. Then, last week, I paid ($150) to go to a 2 day class that was supposed to help prep you for the test. Maybe I had already studied enough but I sort of felt the class was a waste. Granted, this was the group’s first class so us attendees were sort of test subjects. At least it gave me a little peace in that they mostly covered what I had been studying on my own. I’ve heard a lot of good about the dronepilotgroundschool.com
    but that’s a lot to pay and then also pay $150+ tax to test. I wish I had found the 3DR guide and sample tests last week (Don’t know how I missed that as I fly a Solo). After a short review, I’d say it is very helpful. Study that one too.

    The materials I mentioned will give you enough….if you study and know the concepts well. Look for the FAA’s sample test. It helps. But I’m still sitting here thinking that there were at least a couple questions for which there were no answers/examples in anything I read. In the test, I was thinking “Nobody and no guide mentioned this!!”.

    The testing system is actually pretty slick. You can skip questions or mark for review and then go back. I’d probably suggest getting through the ones you know, then going back and spend your leftover time reviewing the tough ones you checked. I finished in about 1:20, then spent 20 going back over the questions I had marked.

    Hope that helps somebody.

  • Thank you Bob for the information!

  • I took the test yesterday. After taking the online test (for people with existing pilots license) and passing that I didn’t think the actual test was going to be that bad. It was more difficult than I expected, but I still passed. The only training I had was reading the pdf and taking the online course from the FAA. Now, if I could just get the FAA site to process my test I’ll be golden.

    I think this will be something that will help us differentiate us from real estate agent’s using their own drones. They have licenses for their profession and understand the need for membership into their particular groups, they should understand the need for us to have ours.

    John

  • Here’s a free test review: http://www.treetop.academy
    Since the pilot certificate is good for everything from a Phantom quad up to a $50,000 research UAS, the test has to be comprehensive. The FAA expects the UAS pilot to be as familiar with the rules, reading charts, weather, etc as any other certified pilot. In fact most of the questions in the pool are direct copies of the questions in the Light Sports Pilot exam.

  • I hold a pilots license; what is the link / URL to the online 107 test for existing pilots? (sorry if I don’t see above, getting lost in all the links!)

    Thanks!

  • Hi
    I will answer my own question!
    If you have a pilots license, you can register at FAA site https://www.faasafety.gov/ (valid pilots license required.)
    There you will find a part 107 course and test.
    Also, you will find a lot of cool resources.

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