To be eligible for a Remote Pilot Certificate, you need to satisfy the following four criteria:
You are NOT allowed to act as a pilot or crew member of a drone if:
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.
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.
Once you complete these steps, the FAA will issue you a temporary remote pilot certificate that is valid for 120 days.
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:
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.
Part 107 applies to all commercial drone operations in the United States. It does NOT apply to: