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  Part 107 Eligibility and Requirements

Part 107 Eligibility and Requirements


Remote Pilot Certificate Eligibility

To be eligible for a Remote Pilot Certificate, you need to satisfy the following four criteria:

  1. Be 16 years old,
  2. Speak and write English,
  3. Physically and mentally able to operate a drone safely, and
  4. Pass the FAA Knowledge Exam


Alcohol and Drug Restrictions

You are NOT allowed to act as a pilot or crew member of a drone if:

  • Have consumed ANY alcohol within the 8 hour period prior to flight;
  • Are under the influence of alcohol;
  • Are using any drug that would cause you to be unsafe in the operation of a UAS; or
  • You have a blood alcohol level of .04 or greater.

The FAA can suspend, revoke, or deny any remote pilot certificate for up to 1 year if they find a person to be in violation of the alcohol or drug policy.


Temporary Remote Pilot Certificate

Once you pass your Unmanned Aircraft knowledge exam (which we know you will!), you need to go to the FAA Integrated Airmen Certificate and/or Rating Application (IACRA) to fill out FAA Form 8710-13. If you are new to the site (which you likely will be), you will first need to register your email address.

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Once you complete these steps, the FAA will issue you a temporary remote pilot certificate that is valid for 120 days.


Recurrent Knowledge Exam

Active remote pilots are required to take a recurrent knowledge exam every 24 calendar months in order to ensure that they are still fresh on the current regulations and restrictions that relate to commercial drone operations. The recurrent exam will cover:

  1. Applicable regulations relating to sUAS rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation;
  2. Airspace classification and operating requirements and flight restrictions affecting small UA operation;
  3. Emergency procedures;
  4. Crew Resource Management;
  5. Aeronautical Decision Making and judgment;
  6. Airport operations; and
  7. Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures.

Remote pilots must pass the recurrent knowledge exam within 24 calendar months of their previous exam. For instance, if someone passed their knowledge exam on June 15, 2017, they would be required to pass their recurrent knowledge exam before June 30, 2019. If that same person chose to take the exam early, say on May 12, 2019, their next recurrent exam would need to be taken by May 31, 2021.


What Part 107 Does Not Apply To

Part 107 applies to all commercial drone operations in the United States. It does NOT apply to:

  • Model aircraft (operated for recreational use);
  • Operations outside the US;
  • Amateur rockets;
  • Moored balloons;
  • Unmanned free balloons;
  • Kites;
  • Public aircraft operations; or
  • Air carrier operations.