FAA TRUST Recreational Test: Everything you need to know

FAA TRUST Recreational Test: Everything you need to know

Visit https://trust.pilotinstitute.com to get your TRUST certificate today.
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The FAA’s long-awaited Recreational UAS & Safety Test (TRUST) is finally available and the great news is that it’s FREE and only takes about 30 minutes. In this video, we’ll explain who the test is intended for, how to take it, and answer some frequently asked questions.

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00:00 Introduction
00:34 Where to complete the TRUST training?
00:59 Who needs to complete TRUST?
01:44 Do Remote Pilots (Part 107) have to complete TRUST?
02:35 Which type of unmanned aircraft does this cover?
03:01 What does TRUST look like?
04:14 Q&A

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TRUST is finally here
Effective today, The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) is available.
There are 3 great news:
It’s free
It’s quick (30 minutes)
You can’t fail it

Where to get it Done
The FAA has approved a list of providers, including Pilot Institute
Check to see the TRUST logo to make sure the provider is approved.

Who needs it
Anyone flying for recreational purposes (49 USC 44809).
Regardless of weight: yes, even the Mini and over 55 lbs.
No minimum age.
Yes, Part 107 also need to do it if you plan to fly recreationally.
A UAS is a multicopter, fixed wing RC, helicopter RC

What does it consist of?
Course content: 30 minutes
4 quizzes throughout the training
A certificate of completion that you need to download/print and show the authorities.
You can’t redownload the certificate once it’s issued so don’t lose it.

How long is it valid for?
What if I lose my certificate?
What if I’m asked to pay for it?
Is my data kept?
Who do I show this to? FAA and Law Enforcement
Can I wait to do it until my registration is due?
Does it add more limitations to fly for recreational purposes?
Can you fly recreationally if you have a part 107 certificate?
My kid flies a sub-250g drone, does he/she need to do the test?
I belong to an AMA club, do I need to do this too?
What if I don’t take the exam and fly anyway?

Head over to trust.pilotinstitute.com today and complete the training, print your certificate and be good to go!


  1. Breezeey911 on June 12, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Hi, I’m having a little problem where if I am outside USA, the text on the website changes to Indian characters for a brief moment. Every single time you click next. Although it does not hinder the process but it’s very annoying, I am not located in India and not using VPN. My locale is in SE-Asia.

  2. Vdokid1 Productions on June 12, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    If you fail the "Trust" test the first time taking it, how long do you have to wait to retake it? You say the test, you cannot fail. No serious test is that easy. What is the catch or negative thing am I going to get hit with when I sign-up to take this test. There is always some "Gotcha" clause to any every test. I’m assuming that it may be free, as you say, to take it, but then you want to charge a fee to provide me the certificate upon completion. I know I am not an educated person when it comes to the confusing requirements of the "FFA", but I do know that they are not going to give certificates away willy nilly for free. They always want money for one thing or another. A test like this would be awesome if it was free, but like always, this is not the case.

  3. JJ Wagner on June 12, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks for the TRUST training. Passed! Texas out…for now. 👊🏻🤙🏻

  4. Kenneth G. Jr on June 12, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Oh boy, I get to take TRUST again as I can’t find my certificate and my main computer had a hard drive failure so I tossed it and got a new one. At least I know I won’t fail it.

  5. Christian Underwood on June 12, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Soooo you cant fly a drone legally without it…..orrrrrrrrr is it just a way for the government to track drone owners

  6. Mike Belanger on June 12, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Just an FYI – I contacted the FAA (I’m also an A&P Maintenance Technician) and they said that while sub-250g UAVs aren’t REQUIRED to be registered, there is no prohibition to registering them, if the owner chooses to. Registration numbers then have to be clearly marked on the UAV as with the required ones.

  7. Joel Stolarski on June 12, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you. Idk. Been out of nitro rc helis for a long time. Got a hankering for a fpv drone. Test was easy, 15 mins, 100 %. I’m safe now. Thanks again for the video.

  8. walter h on June 12, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Took and passed test, but cert would not complete download… Tried to download many times to firefox, adobe acrobat, and to computer… no luck.

  9. Jim G on June 12, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Great job as always Greg.

  10. FliteTest on June 12, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Great Job Greg and Pilot Institute Team! Loved the video and how clear the information was! 😉 Can’t wait to take the course ourselves! Top Class guys!

  11. Lucifer on June 12, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Well holy shit, this test is so easy I didn’t realize I was taking the actual test, couple slides then a quiz at the end of each. So easy my dyslexic one eyed dog now has one too..not sure how hell manage without thumbs though..

  12. Castellon Services And Repair on June 12, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    thank you it was super good again thank you

  13. paul terrazas on June 12, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    I got the trust certificate,to fly Recreational. Does that Allow me to unlock restricted areas?

  14. Room 511 on June 12, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    I completed my Trust test a month or so back. Where can I find it again online? I lost the screenshot I took of it.

  15. Lucifer on June 12, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Also if you can’t pass this test you really have no reason to fly a drone. Like I said so easy my dog passed it too.

  16. Abe Hassan on June 12, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    I know tc have the same but is trust accepted in canada for visitors I’d like to take. Drone v there but I paied 10$ gir it and failed it I’ll either have to do it again after 24h or I can just use trust if it’s available otherwise won’t be taking my drone to canada

  17. Luke Greenia on June 12, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Thank You for the clarity and easy steps to complete this test. Completed, Passed and Printed and Laminated, also saved on my phone. Again Thank You for all of the help you give to the Drone community whether it be commercial or recreational it’s greatly appreciated.

  18. Harvey on June 12, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    The first four sites I tried from the FAA’s list of testing admiinistrators did not work, including Pilot Institute. I completed the course with Drone Trust, but after clicking the button to obtain my certificate, it kept taking me back to the home page. WTF! I also tried Drone U, Pilot Intitute, and University of Arizona Global Campus. Each site had their own issues from 404 errors to being blocked for malicious activity. Finally, the Boy Scouts site worked for me. Those other sites seemed to only collect names and email addresses!

  19. Gunship Gray on June 12, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    I’m going to rant a little…..nothing personal…….It’s probably a good thing I quit flying RC about 20 years ago…….I can’t agree with these restrictions the Feds are imposing on the RC community because of a few bad eggs……..it’s like the 10 year old kid that wants to exercise a freedom to make a little money and opens a lemonade stand in the neighborhood only to be shutdown by some stupid woke Karen politician or busybody over selling lemonade without a permit………draconian in my opinion……..I would never comply with it……….What happened to the days when a father could take his son or daughter, buy him or her a RC plane go fly at the local school ground or park…..or friends could get together and do the same and not have those idiot Feds try and ruin everything ? The FAA can go………themselves…..the FAA don’t have enough personnel to enforce this nonsense and local LEO’s don’t know anything about RC stuff so they can’t do anything except attempt to bully people or threaten to fine them….If you live out on a farm in the middle of nowhere….then I don’t see how this applies….especially if your flying a RC on your own land …far away from any airport or structure…….this is just another example of a hobby and freedom that the Feds want to take away and another way big government wishes to control every aspect of your life….Marxist Democrat and DOT Czar Pete Buttigieg ( aka Mr. Mom ) should just stay on maternity leave……….30-40 years ago we never had this lunacy….stupid….it’s amazing all the sheeple that buy into this nonsense….other than that you made a great video and educational too……thanks.

  20. Swoopix / HoverNH on June 12, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Surprisingly, BOTH the topics of flying over people & nighttime flying were completely ignored in the TRUST training! (Left up to CBO guidelines?)

  21. JAY WILKINSON on June 12, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    How can you possibly do a 10 min video of a required test to comply with FAA regulations noting FAQ ‘s and NOT tell people a date that you are required to have the certificate?

  22. Mondo Ubaldo on June 12, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    So if I take this test no need for 107?

  23. Mike Belanger on June 12, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Got mine 3 days ago.

  24. Randy Johnson on June 12, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks for this info. Took the TRUST test and passed. Had no clue there were s many laws out there. I was led to believe that buying a drone under 250 grams meant you were free to do what you wanted. Well I got slapped in the face fisrt time I tried to fly because my app said you cannot fly in that area. I was about 4.4 miled from a small airport. Sis find the work around though after I got home. Was trying to find a place to practice flying the drone.

  25. Mr_pherkalat on June 12, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you sooo much for making that really easy to take the test… much appreciated!!!!

  26. Nick J on June 12, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Why have it if you can’t fail it??

  27. Immersive Experiences on June 12, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Hi, I’m very new to flying GPS and FPV drones. I have completed the TRUST. Thank you for providing the information and test on your website. Some of what I learned from TRUST was recreational pilots can’t fly above 400 feet. i saw your video about 400 ft AGL 🙂 Another restriction I learned while taking the TRUST was keeping the drone in Visual Line Of Sight. Again I am very new at this but, I have seen A LOT of videos of recreational drone pilots not keeping their drones in VLOS. What happens if you break these rules? I understand pilots with part 107 may fly above 400 feet in certain areas but, what about Visual Line Of Sight? Thank you for all of the work you do to educate. I look forward to learning more.

  28. Don Davidson on June 12, 2022 at 7:46 pm


  29. Annaliza Taytay Kerger on June 12, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Hi! Just took the test and passed, thank you very much its a huge help for someone like me that about to get my very first drone, next step registration .

  30. Lu Noncent on June 12, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    I am a recreational pilot, if I want to take a quick picture of my house at night about 30 feet up, is that illegal?

  31. david lear on June 12, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    I passed it 100% first time.

  32. Castellon Services And Repair on June 12, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    I want to prepare for the 107

  33. Ozark Hills Rider on June 12, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Great information. I am heading over to do the exam now.

  34. AndresDavidMusik on June 12, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Hi thank you for the information, i have a question, if a just want to post my videos recorded with my drone in Instagram or Facebook, Do i need the part 107 or can i fly as recreational pilot ??

  35. Brad Jones Fishing on June 12, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    I’m new to all this and I’m wanting to buy a new mini 2 or 3. What are the 9 things you’ve mentioned in this video that I need to do to fly that drone?

  36. David A. Roques on June 12, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    I think the test is a great thing for our drone community. It’s big now, and growing at an amazing speed. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to take it through you guy’s. I appreciate it.

  37. WeaselSW on June 12, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    That was quick and easy, thanks!

  38. Mr Smith on June 12, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    As long as I don’t break any of the rules or regulations they don’t need to know who I am.This has nothing to do with training this has to do everything with compliance! 🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑

  39. Enrico on June 12, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    The test was a great refresher course. It’s not complicated. The test is designed to make folks understand the foundational layers of drone flying, ensuring people understand the basic rules such as conditional vs. unconditional zones.

  40. sandillac on June 12, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    I just used your FAA TRUST Recreational test service. The lessons that were included gave all the information need to operate my drone correctly and safely. I got 100% result on the test that followed the lessons. Thank you! Now I’m headed over to register my existing DJI mavic air which I first register over 5 years ago.

  41. David Lund on June 12, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    At 6:22 the speaker states that there a 9 items that the FAA requires in or for a person to fly recreational…What are the 9 items????

  42. G D on June 12, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you very much for the informative videos that you share. I just went to your website and obtained my TRUST certificate. I just found your youtube channel and I have been flying for a couple of years. I will indeed frequent your channel for more up to date information and to keep up with regulations.

  43. Cktime ThirtyTwo on June 12, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you for everything.

    I’ve been a flying of FPV for the last 7 years. I’ve been out of the hobby for the last 2 and was so confused to come back to all this FAA garbage. You guys made it so clear in 10 minutes when I’ve been trying to get clear information for a month on what’s required. Thank you!

  44. junk on June 12, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Is there a regulation prohibiting recreational flight under 107?

  45. ontzsboy on June 12, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks much! All squared away with Trust and drone registration.

  46. Joe Ritner on June 12, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Hey Greg, I have been part 107 licensed for a year now and also have passed the recurrent training. Do I still need this?

  47. Lu Noncent on June 12, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    As a recreational pilot, if my neighbor ask me to check his roof for damage at no charge, is that ok?

  48. Gabriel Dick on June 12, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    you keep mentioning 9 things to do, I am about to buy a 265 dollar EXO X7 Ranger drone and I would like to know that when I get a registration, and complete the quiz, am I ready to fly or do I need more?

  49. Aldwyn Crosby on June 12, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Hi can some one in Trinidad do dis ties

  50. Robert Youens on June 12, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Do you find the follow statements reasonable.

    Part 107 pilots fly under Part 107 regulations and have no need to take additional testing. Every flight is a Part 107 flight for a Part 107 pilot and must be flown under Part 107 regulations that are less restrictive than those of 44809 Strictly Recreational UAS Pilots. Within Part 107 regulations there is no mention or distinction between Recreational, Business or Commercial.

    Only persons with 44809 exceptions need understand that their flight operations are limited by the "strictly recreational" flight rules of 44809. They cannot conduct business or commercial flights as they would not meet the definition of strictly recreational.

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