When utilizing a UAV System for compensation or in furtherance of a business, drone pilots must be cognizant of the rules and regulations that pertain to their operations. This includes rules relating to aircraft registration, operator licensing, and best practices. In previous years, the commercial UAV Industry operated in a "Wild West" environment, with many grey areas and no firm regulatory framework. Fast forward to August 29th, 2016 and a new regulatory framework called Part 107 was finalized. With Part 107's implementation, the commercial UAV Industry changed forever. Please click on the picture or on the link below to find out how.
Part 107 is the new regulatory framework governing commercial UAV operations within the NAS (National Airspace System). This framework establishes rules commercial UAV operators must abide by. However, most importantly, Part 107 establishes a licensing framework for UAV operators to become certified pilots. This licensing procedure involves a written test, rating application, and registration process. Please click on the picture or on the link below to learn more about Part 107.
In addition to the new Part 107 Regulatory Framework, there are also registration requirements for UAV Systems within the United States. The FAA has an online portal through-which both hobbyist and commercial users may apply for and receive an approved registration number. Please click on the picture or on the link below to learn more and be taken to the FAA's online registration portal.
In order to become a licensed pilot of a drone, a UAV operator must first obtain their Remote Pilot Certificate with a small UAS Rating. To do this they must pass the FAA's new Aeronautical Knowledge Test, also knows as the UAG Test. To learn more about the format, passing grade, and topics covered within the test, please click on the picture or on the link below.
The commercial license for UAV Pilots is known as a Remote Pilot Certificate with a small UAS Rating. To obtain this license a person must pass the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test, go through a background check, and complete an Airman Certification/Rating Application. To learn more about this process please click on the picture or on the link below.
DMZ offers a comprehensive study curriculum for those interested in the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test. The study course is 100% online, meaning you can complete it at your own pace and anywhere with an internet connection. Most people take about 6-8 hours to complete the curriculum. The curriculum also includes 15 practice quizzes, 5 practice tests, and 2 practice exams. To learn more about the course please click on the picture or on the link below.