Drone News: New Regulation pushed back. DJI FPV Drone Updates. Recreational Flyer Test is coming!

Lots of important drone news this week, you don’t want to miss this episode.
The DOT is pushing back some of the dates for the regulation changes, we’ll talk about how this could affect you. We have a lengthy update on the upcoming DJI FPV Drone with our friend Haye from DroneXL.co. The Recreational Flyer Test (called TRUST) is right around the corner and we’ll discuss the details. And lastly, we’ll cover the UAS that just arrived on Mars to do some flight tests.

00:00 Introduction
01:41 FAA Regulation Delays
05:04 DJI FPV Drone Release day and info leaks
17:47 The Recreational Aeronautical Knowledge test will be here soon!
19:48 Drone on Mars!

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DJI Release date and info leaks
Haye Kesteloo – DroneXL is joining us today to discuss the flurry of information that was leaked last week.
For more information, visit https://dronexl.co/category/drone-companies/dji/dji-fpv-drone/

The Recreational UAS Safety Test
The FAA is currently looking for test administrator for its upcoming Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST for short).
The FAA is asking for anyone in the industry to help them provide the exam starting in June 1.
The test will be required for EVERYONE wanting to fly a UAS for recreational purposes.
The test will be conducted online and FREE and should be easy to take.
You will receive a certificate of completion at the end as proof of eligibility.
The goal is the test is to ensure people are properly trained on the basic regulation governing recreational flying.
This is a big deal and one of the last two items that the FAA was tasked with implementing with the FAA 2018 Reauthorization Act.
The last task will be to develop relationships with CBO the Community Based Organizations, to help create a set of safety guidelines to help recreational flyers operate safely.
More information on https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/knowledge_test_updates/

Drone on Mars!
The Perseverance Rover landed on Mars on Thursday after 203 days in Space. It is designed to look for signs of ancient microbial life and collect samples.
The cool part is that it’s The rover is equipped with a UAS called Ingenuity, that’s designed to test powered flights on the red planet.
The challenge for the design team was to create enough lift in the Mars environment, where the air is a lot thinner than Earth.
The UAS motors spin between 2000-3000 RPM to create enough lift.
The aircraft is designed with 2 counter-rotating propellers sitting on top of each other.
The team plans for up to 5 autonomous flights over a 30 Marsian days window.
First flight: go up 10 feet and hover and land
Subsequent flights will go further from the takeoff point.
The idea is to collect flight data rather than images.

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Watch our airplane news update as well,
The United 777 accident over Colorado.
The VFR charts are getting updated more often.


  1. DroneXL on March 13, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Great show! Glad to have been part of it! 👍

  2. fdnyfish on March 13, 2021 at 12:15 am

    I took my recurrent in Jan 21, will i be able hopefully on March 16 just take the night flying course to fly at night without a waver? Or will I need to take the whole recurrent test to fain that privilege?

  3. Pob 1 on March 13, 2021 at 12:17 am

    if our currency is expired in feb and we want to b e current before 16th march, you said we had to pay for the recurrence test? I dont see a fee for it, it appears to be free on Faa safety website?

  4. Tom Williams on March 13, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Hi Greg! Studio looks great! I completed your 107 course in August 2020 and passed the Part 107 test with a 93. I’ve been following the discussion regarding the new regulations. Appreciate if you can confirm if my understanding is correct. Although I am not due for recurrent training until 2022, if I plan to fly at night or over people (Yes), I must complete the free online FAA training available after March 16. Is that training scored and will it result in some sort of certificate that is provided to me?

  5. HighlanderMikeGolf on March 13, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Great new look to the studio, Greg! I really appreciate all the info. Very informative and entertaining as well. Great interview with Haye from DroneXL. Definitely going to check out that site. That FPV sounds fun. I have a feeling my daughter will be throwing hints about that one. Take care!

  6. udor nyc on March 13, 2021 at 12:21 am

    My brother flies commercially in Europe and the German FAA equivalent requires since Jan 01, 2021 a free online test for recreational pilots and a commercial pilots license at a similar price point like our Part 107, but is valid for 4 years.

    This page is unfortunately in German only:

  7. Ron Catlin on March 13, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Maybe it’s in the comment, but previously, there was a cooling off period — meaning if you passed between 1 – 15 March, you’d have to wait until 16 Mar to fly at night. With the pushing out of the date, does that mean you’ll have to wait again, or is now the cooling off period gone now?

  8. David M on March 13, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Nice new studio look!

  9. Paul Wagner on March 13, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Thanks for the info, like the new setup…

  10. Scott Slaba on March 13, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Hey Greg, for those of us who took the test before March 1 but are not in need of a recurrent test, will the test on March 16 that we’ll be taking include only the new night material?

  11. Kevin Wells on March 13, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Thanks for the great update on drone news. I’m lagging on my training with you, but it’s been a little tough here in No. California with the fires. I had to move, which sucked. By the way, I was part of Army Air at WSMR, and helicopters are not necessarily strictly defined as being ‘manned’, we used them as drones for missile targets, but then we had automated systems to control them that were a little advanced, at least at that time. QH50 I think we designated some of them (as targets), rather than OH58 Kiowa, or something like that.  
    I hate to see the reg changes already, regardless of whether they are relaxed or not. It’s just a foothold for more control here in the USA. Recreational flyer test? So flying < 250g is now restricted as well? I’m sure this will all get more confusing, and expensive in time. Control = Power + Money. But I’m just old I suppose.

  12. David Federico on March 13, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Just purchased the Mavic Air 2 for my photography business. Wish me luck for my test!

  13. Daniel Cardenas on March 13, 2021 at 12:30 am

    becoming a pro creator now.

  14. M B_ on March 13, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Great info

  15. jibester1 on March 13, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Great background!

  16. Spencer Garn on March 13, 2021 at 12:34 am

    my first part 107 exam is march 17th. I started studying last week and taking online exams and I found your night op’s module since i will most likely have some of those questions on my exam. I don’t own a drone yet and am looking forward to adding it to my photography and video business! I’m interested in when we think a Mavid 3 will be out? this year? I’m looking at the Mavic 2 pro otherwise, at the moment.

  17. C Neiner on March 13, 2021 at 12:36 am

    I thought there was no test for renewing the part 107. I thought all you had to do was take some FAA training classes and submit them in advance of your expiration date? I am not due until next July, but now I am confused.

  18. Michael Walcker on March 13, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Hi Greg, can you post a source link to the FAA recurrent training delay to March 16? I can’t seem to locate it.

  19. Wine World TV on March 13, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Great content as always. Nice addition of Haye, I’ve seen home on another channel. Love the new look too!

  20. Nature Therapy Films on March 13, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Thank you for your information. Very nice to hear that nada is using a drone on Mars. This proves that drones are important and cool to use not only for the government but for everyone else here on earth. And not to mention that need to leave us alone and not to be very restrictive when we are flying our drones. As long as we are careful and follow their guidelines they should leave us alone and respect our hobby

  21. Nature Therapy Films on March 13, 2021 at 12:42 am

    By the way, the background of your studio is cool. Thanks

  22. Steve Muthig on March 13, 2021 at 12:42 am

    So if I take the 107 examination prior to March 16th there won’t be any questions related to the new regulations?

  23. Todd Chiles on March 13, 2021 at 12:43 am


  24. Ramon Solorio on March 13, 2021 at 12:44 am

    People under nda are bad guests to give information 🤷🏻‍♂️

  25. Jim N on March 13, 2021 at 12:45 am

    So once again …We fly by the seat of our pants. okie dokie I’m from Oklahoma. …Crop Dustin Okies from the land of Will Rogers …yeee haw!

  26. Jerry Parkman on March 13, 2021 at 12:46 am

    DJI FPV Drone FTW!

  27. C Neiner on March 13, 2021 at 12:47 am

    What recurrent training exam. Oh man you got me all confused.

  28. Aar On Coasters on March 13, 2021 at 12:47 am

    my part 107 test is scheduled for March 6th. does this mean I have to take another test on march 16th? does this second test need to be taken at licensed testing site? where do I go for this free training?

  29. Moss Photography on March 13, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Glad you two got together. Good teamwork!

  30. Andrew Spicer on March 13, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Really looking forward to using the motion-controlled remote. Gotta remind myself that hitting people with NOT earn you bonus points, though.

  31. John Rosner on March 13, 2021 at 12:53 am

    And I bought them from DJI

  32. DnA BnL on March 13, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Thanks for the critical regulation and testing updates, Greg. The only thing that’s constant is change…including with the government! Not surprised to hear that the DJI FPV has "better video quality than typical FPVs"…since DJI is as much a high-end camera manufacturer as they are a drone manufacturer. And nice studio upgrades, too! A little dark…but you said you were planning to add more lights, which will fix that.

  33. DeekonFPV on March 13, 2021 at 12:54 am

    I just want to send it! ha

  34. Harold Yazzie on March 13, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Would this apply to autel evo pilots too?

  35. Aiken drone flyer 803 on March 13, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Your studio looks great

  36. John Rosner on March 13, 2021 at 12:58 am

    The DJI version to goggles are not locked I bought mine 2 weeks ago and have been using them with no problems

  37. Ja L Pa on March 13, 2021 at 12:59 am

    What the hell happened to the Starting a Drone Business Webinar….. I signed up, was told I get email confirmation I got nothing and did even get a link to the Webinar…….?????

  38. Roger Caauwe on March 13, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Thanks very so much for these wonderful weekly updates. I love your new wall. Also, thank you for all the tremendously great courses you offer. As Jackie Gleason would say, you’re the greatest. Have a jolly good day.

  39. Jash on March 13, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Greg the Great, thank you. The background looks awesome!

  40. Helio Courier Channel on March 13, 2021 at 1:01 am

    "P-52" Mustang? Thanks for the new info, it helps.

  41. Kent Lewis on March 13, 2021 at 1:01 am

    If you are flying FPV with goggles, how do you meet the line of sight requirement?

  42. recycl0ps on March 13, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Do you know the dji fpv can be set to mode 3 controller?

  43. Fpv Pilot on March 13, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Awe man now the Faa will need a base on mars

  44. david settles on March 13, 2021 at 1:09 am

    I really like the video’s and I enjoy your presentation. Don’t really need cozy. Keep up the good work.

  45. recycl0ps on March 13, 2021 at 1:10 am

    Is the test for recreational?

  46. C Neiner on March 13, 2021 at 1:10 am

    So how do you get an unlock in a geofence?

  47. Todd stratton on March 13, 2021 at 1:10 am

    I’m rather new to the channel and really like your style. What I appreciate most is your GA background and what I can gather is just a love for aviation as I believe most airplane drivers do. I sometimes find it difficult listening to drone talk from someone who has little knowledge of aviation. Honestly that’s fine for most as most aren’t educated in the complexity of aeronautics and aircraft systems even of a 152. If you don’t mind what ratings and endorsement do you hold?

  48. Chris Tietjen on March 13, 2021 at 1:11 am

    They’re probably calling the Mars drone a helicopter because the blades have a cyclic control. I’ve never heard of another small uas with cyclic control of the rotors.
    Nice job on the new look.

  49. Francesco Ponticelli on March 13, 2021 at 1:11 am

    I love the new studio Greg, it’s so cool!!! And great content as usual! It’s my Friday appointment!

  50. Yecats Bearcat on March 13, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Wow, now you have me thinking of tricking out my hobby shop!!! Looks so awesome. Question Greg – will you apply to the FAA for teaching the recreational curriculum? There is no doubt that you would be the best!! Just curious!

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