FAA Part 107 – Drone License Information Update – Commercial Drone Use

FAA Part 107 – Drone License Information Update – Commercial Drone Use

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Drone Pilot Ground School (The course I decided to enroll in) – BIG UPDATE they are offering $50 off to all my viewers!

Previously I published a video about the upcoming FAA Part 107 and Remote Pilot Certificate for UAS Operators.

As of yesterday, Aug. 29, 2016 the new Aeronautical Knowledge Test and certification process to allow you to operate your Drone (UAS) commercially is live!

What does this mean? The new rules are in effect, testing is available and you now have a well defined path toward being able to legally use your UAS for business.

Here are the high level requirements:

* You have to be at least 16 years old and have a valid government ID

* Make an appoint at a test center to take the knowledge test ( List of test centers ) the test fee is $150

* Pass the test

* Once your score is uploaded you can apply for your Remote Pilot Certificate

* Complete a TSA background check

* Receive your temporary Remote Pilot Certificate
Make available to the FAA, upon request, the small UAS for inspection or testing, and any associated documents/records required to be kept under the proposed rule.

* Report an accident to the FAA within 10 days of any operation that results in injury or property damage over $500.
* Conduct a preflight inspection, to include specific aircraft and control station systems checks, to ensure the small UAS is safe for operation.

The FAA has said that it expects you to spend about 20 hours studying for the test to be able to pass. The test is 60 questions, you need to get a 70% or higher to pass.

I enrolled at Drone Pilot Ground School to study for the particulars of the test and I am really impressed by their curriculum ( Link Here: http://bit.ly/2bIa9yx now $50 off! ) I think it is well worth it as I do not want to end up taking the test multiple times at $150 / test.

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  1. CR Admin on August 25, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Thanks! Great Video! Exactly what I was looking for! 🙂

  2. UAV Coach on August 25, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Appreciate the plug for our test prep course / training program, Bill! Love your videos 🙂 http://bit.ly/2cnFyZQ

  3. Lukas Reinarz on August 25, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Would I have to go through all the same process if I’m just on vacation in the US?

  4. ThatGuyScott on August 25, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Pay $150 and get a background stupid greedy government.

  5. Falco Media Service on August 25, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Great resource! Thank you for putting this together.

  6. Robert Frade on August 25, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Any idea how often the certification needs to be renewed?

  7. DroneWolf Media on August 25, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    great video! I’m registered to take my test next Thursday. Good luck everyone.

  8. Ham Radio Crash Course on August 25, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    How did they come up with $150? I guess they just needed more money

  9. Jerry's Captures on August 25, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Here’s my exam prep experience. My cost for exam prep including taking the exam was $154.00. $4 dollars for a really good Googleplay app called UAS107, and $150 dollars for the exam fee. Studied for about a week or so after getting app passed the exam with an 85% first attempt. Here’s the app link for anyone interested: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uas107.openrobotix.labs&hl=en

  10. IDronedJesus on August 25, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Hey Bill, I passed the exam today.
    I found it much more difficult than I thought it would be. I found the questions just didn’t want you to regurgitate answers to them, but rather test your knowledge by having you dig deeper. I was presented with 63 questions, not the standard 60. The 3 extra questions apparently are for "testing" new questions to appear on future exams and do not affect your score in either direction. However, you do not know which 3 questions are the "test" questions, so essentially, I had a 63 question exam.

    This test definitely can not be taken lightly, YOU MUST STUDY OR YOU WILL FAIL!!!

  11. Dayna's Diaries on August 25, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    is this valid for outside the country?

  12. Stan Williams on August 25, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Bill- check out this article. Apparently if your drone weighs less than 4pounds you will not need the certificate to fly for hire. https://www.casa.gov.au/standard-page/commercial-unmanned-flight-remotely-piloted-aircraft-under-2kg

  13. Brian Fisher on August 25, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Typing the full notes out in the description is much appreciated!

  14. Homero on August 25, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Hi is it required to take the course and test if you are flying under the Part 107 Rules, what if you just register your drone, abide by the rules, will i be in trouble for not taking a class and getting a drone pilot license?

  15. Cfireguy02 on August 25, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Something you might want to ask before you go in is can you bring an aeronautical chart or map with you, since they have the symbols on them already it might make it easier. I have heard that you can bring that with you. Might be something for you to look into.

  16. IAmStaggerLee on August 25, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks for this video. I will be enrolling in Drone Pilot Ground School, as I was unaware of them. I had been looking at Dart Drones, but the link you provide is significantly cheaper, minus the hands on experience.

  17. The Auer Team on August 25, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    I’m gonna take the same route that you suggest you’ve never steered me wrong yet 🙂

  18. First Tracks on August 25, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Passed the test. Most difficult part were questions that required understanding symbology on aeronautical charts and just finding the symbol on charts. The FAA handbook (592 pages) has the information but the test is not based on memorization of material but how to interpret and apply.to specific situations. A ground school would be a recommendation.that will increase your odds of passing on first try.. (Sorry posted this to the wrong video by mistake)

  19. Jason Cascone on August 25, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Hey I’m still a little confused. If I dont register my drone will I be able to fly it still?

  20. Gfdf Perte on August 25, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Bill can you post a list of new 107 pilots for Each Month, a number. for Aug, Sept, Oct. and November.

  21. ThatGuyScott on August 25, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    New drone came out today you getting it Bill ?

  22. Andrew Binder on August 25, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Please. I cant find an awnser anywhere. Do recreationals users need this? or is this for business money making only. Not everyone is going to pay $150 to take a test thats only located in certain locations and requires a ton of time for. And i keep seeing new videos of People buying multirotors for rec use on the web. So do I need to do all this crap to fly now or is it for the money income?

  23. Steve A on August 25, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    So if I am not charging for a photo shoot, just doing it as a hobby and do not have a company per se.. And I want to take pictures for my friends wedding I do not have to get this? Only if I was to use the drone to make money with would I be required to get this license?

  24. TriProt on August 25, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Thx for the info Bill, keep up the great work

  25. Ham Radio Crash Course on August 25, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Uhhhh, so I can’t get those cool log exposure night shots anymore?

  26. J4N on August 25, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Will you spot the product placement in this video 😉

  27. SmartCryptoLife on August 25, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    a TSA backround check? really? smh

  28. online job on August 25, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    upload movie copyright show please telme ? ?

  29. azcraigrr on August 25, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Completed my FAA certificate training and exam, and signed up with Drone Pilot Ground School (thanks for the discount!). Thanks for the well-done video and information!!

  30. James Tepedino on August 25, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    I signed up for that course too, the faa is unreasonable in what we have to know to fly a solo or phantom for our commercials customers, it sucks

  31. Aaron on August 25, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Thinking seriously about getting my certification for search & rescue drone piloting, but that line of sight limitation really concerns me. We live in a mountainous rural area and for the purposes of assisting rescue operations that limitation simply isn’t realistic. Do you know if there are waivers for that sort of use?

  32. Kirk Ringdahl on August 25, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Awesome video! Helpful Website! I’ve been looking stuff up on the FAA website all week and trying to figure out where to start. I printed out the study guide, Advisory Circular 107-2, Airmen Certification Standards (FAA-S-ACS-10), the Remote Pilot Test Guide (FAA-G-8082-20), and I ordered the reference book you can use when you take the exam (FAA-CT-8080-2G). Currently reading through and highlighting those while taking notes. As usual there’s about five thousand acronyms. Besides the study guide, do you think you need to know the other articles for the exam and are there any others? I am going to sign up for UAV Coach as well. Haven’t scheduled my exam yet but I think I’m going to soon. Let me know what you think. Awesome videos on YouTube btw, I’ve only seen a few but they were very informative!

  33. JCMan747 on August 25, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Great Videos! Thanks for the details on the X Star Premium, now I have one. FAA says you can fly a drone from a moving vehicle "over sparsely populated area"

  34. FFRPM3 on August 25, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Bill great video and what great channel. I’ve subscribed to your channel and I really enjoy your knowledge of the subjects you take on.. Thanks and keep,u the good works

  35. Nick Hedlund on August 25, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks Bill good info.

  36. PinchnerHouse on August 25, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    If you get your remote pilot certificate, can you still fly under the less restrictive rules as a hobbyist, if you are, in fact, not engaging in commercial flight? I wouldn’t mind learning the material and getting my license (primarily for fun and education), but in reality I would still be a hobbyist most of the time, because flying is really just a hobby for me. If that means I would always be under heavier restrictions, I don’t think I will do that.

  37. Thomas Byrne Jr on August 25, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    The rules say you can fly a drone from a moving vehicle if you are in a sparsely populated area.

  38. Island Exposures on August 25, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    I went to the FAA website & found plenty of study material however did not find the 2 hour training course you mention, can you provide a link?

  39. Walter Bowes on August 25, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    HI Bill, I have recently passed my certification test, but I’m having some difficulty finding info on how to proceed getting my background check with the TSA.
    Thanks, Walt

  40. ColoBeauPhotog on August 25, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks a ton for getting all this info together! Time to hit the books (online that is) again. great work again bill.

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