Prepare for Aug. 29 new drone rule with pilot certificate

August 22, 2016  - By
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A new world of opportunities for drone operators will open on Aug. 29 when the new small drone rule for non-hobbyists becomes effective. To enable people to take advantage of the new rule, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has provided the following information on the required aeronautical knowledge test.

Under the new rule — also known as Part 107 — the person actually flying a drone must have a remote pilot certificate with a small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) rating, or be directly supervised by someone with such a certificate.

To qualify for the certificate, you must either pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center or have an existing non-student Part 61 pilot certificate. If you are qualifying under the latter provision, you must have completed a flight review in the previous 24 months and must take an FAA UAS online training course. The Transportation Security Administration will conduct a security background check of all remote pilot applications before issuing a certificate.

The FAA posted extensive materials, including a test guide and sample questions, to help you prepare for the knowledge test.

Watch a short video about the knowledge test here:

This is posted in GIS News, Technology, UAS/UAV

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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