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. Lorraine Shim on July 12, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Is the certificate image in the pdf file supposed to be slightly bigger than a business card or is it supposed to fill up the entire 8.5 x 11 page?

  2. squid vicious on July 12, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Trust. That’s ironic. What are these organizations involved in taking info?

  3. David Santo on July 12, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Are these all bots commented on here? They are all saying the same shit, not one negative comment?

  4. Alex & Thalia on July 12, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    I just had a question I wanted to take my drone Only 500 feet just so I can get a shot but it wouldn’t let me go past 400 And I really don’t know why I don’t know if you could help me with that or not our shed some light on it

  5. FliteTest on July 12, 2021 at 11:56 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!

  6. Robert Ell on July 12, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Im a Canadian, do I beed to obtain this certificate in order to fly my mini in the US? Does the test allow Non US citizens to participate?

  7. Walt w on July 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Its a great idea, free training that all drone pilots should have but i think it should be yearly to include updates in drone laws. Still free and possible you could sign up for reminder when its time to update your education, sort of like CE’s continuing education classes. This way you keep the training and education going and its all centralized.

  8. Alien Drones on July 13, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Hey friend, nice overview on the TRUST training! You mean I didn’t have to send $19.95 to India in the form of gift cards to take the training? Dang, I’m not getting that back, am I… 😎

  9. Noah Gauthier on July 13, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Great video and easy test thanks for sharing! I just took it and passed with 100%

  10. Kentucky Ranger on July 13, 2021 at 12:01 am

    The test is a breeze! I only stumbled on one question, and was able to go back, to answer it again.
    While many might scoff at this test, I think it’s VERY important, that all people flying drones should know the stuff on this test, and adhere to the regulations.
    While this won’t stop the idiots out there knowingly flying illegally, it will make it easier for the FAA and law enforcement to do something, when they find one of these Richard Craniums harassing and causing issues with the general public.

  11. Jose Casanova on July 13, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Una pregunta, si no resido en los Estados Unidos, no soy residente ni ciudadano de ese país, puedo sacar el certificado y si voy de vacaciones hacia allá puedo llevar mi drone y volarlo sin problemas?
    Gracias de antemano

  12. Salem Agency on July 13, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Just completed TRUST. Thank you for your leadership! 🙂 T

  13. SizzleVat on July 13, 2021 at 12:08 am

    The FAA test does not seem very complete for educating people when there is no info or questions about flying over people or flying at night.

  14. Jeff Mi3 on July 13, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Thank you I finished my course. Great platform, I indeed agree with the knowledge and safety implications.
    However, I’ve heard that if you claim to be a recreational pilot, then you can’t monetize your youtube videos with OSD recording?

  15. Gary Linnane on July 13, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Does this include the 🇬🇧 uk

  16. Drone Videography Production on July 13, 2021 at 12:13 am

    I live in Canada and I already have a pilot certificate…Can I take the TRUST exam and fly my drone legally in the U.S.?

  17. Deborah Welsh on July 13, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Thanks I just took the test and printed out the certificate.

  18. rocky walker on July 13, 2021 at 12:14 am

    QUESTION. Can we keep a screenshot copy of the certification on an iPad / phone or what ever electronic device rather then a paper copy as proof of ?

  19. Noa O'oa on July 13, 2021 at 12:15 am

    It takes a few minutes, you download the certificate. Easy.

  20. ATSF 1976 on July 13, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Thanks for the information in the video. I believe in the test, it said something about knowing what CBO you are flying under and their rules if someone from the FAA shows up. I went to the FAA website, but I couldn’t find a list. Does anyone know where I can obtain this list? Thanks

  21. videosbywilliams on July 13, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Thank you so much you are really very informative and helpful to us that are thinking of getting a part 107 in the future, I would deffinally trust Pillot Institute for the corse, pass the test today and was surprise how much I already know from watching your channel only took me 20 minutes.

  22. YT_KONG on July 13, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Good material, thanks… got the test and now I have my Trust Certificate, will keep it on my drone bag just in case

  23. xmdslipkfanx on July 13, 2021 at 12:20 am

    According to the FAA themselves, you do not need to take the test if you’re a 107 holder. Here is the email I received.

    “There is only one rule for operating small UAS (under 55 pounds) in the U.S. National Airspace System. That law is 14 CFR Part 107. There is a limited statutory exception (a "carve out") to the law, § 44809, which under certain circumstances, allows operation for the sole purpose of recreation.

    Under Part 107, an operator may fly for any purpose, recreation included, but must fully comply with part 107. Under the limited exception, an operator may ONLY fly for a recreational purpose (and must comply with all the other criteria of §44809, including completing the TRUST). Any other purpose makes the flight governed by Part 107.


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  24. Mikeg1 .1 on July 13, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Does this include "micro-drones" that you can fly indoors?

  25. Robert Youens on July 13, 2021 at 12:23 am

    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.

  26. Dave Boyd on July 13, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Took it today, 27 minutes and I did learn a couple of things I didn’t know. Thanks.

  27. ibrahim Gaber ibrahim on July 13, 2021 at 12:23 am

    good evening; I registered my Drone as per 107 ,
    Do I have to register it again for recreational UAS??

  28. Alf Ram on July 13, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Thank you sir, just got my certificate from your website….

  29. E B on July 13, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Took the FAA Trust Test! Thanks you Pilot Institute! Next I will use Pilot Institute for Part 107 training 😃👍🏼

  30. Mike S. on July 13, 2021 at 12:27 am

    Great job ! I did the lessons and passed last night !

  31. CHEDDA on July 13, 2021 at 12:29 am

    no thanks!

  32. HighlanderMikeGolf on July 13, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Thanks for the info and thanks for instructing and administering this course! My daughter and I got our Part 107 Certification training through Pilot Institute and we’re looking forward to taking this course. We love your teaching style and all the info you provide. You don’t just “teach the test”. You offer a lot of gray additional info. Thanks again!

  33. Winter Phoenix on July 13, 2021 at 12:31 am

    This guy rocks. Took the FAA trust course through Pilot institute, got the certificate, was a piece of cake. When I get to the point of going for 701 training I would do it through these guys.

  34. Alog Umaalog on July 13, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Im about to sleep last night and i saw this and took it for awhile. thank you

  35. Andy T on July 13, 2021 at 12:34 am

    A Rep from the FAA reported to a friend that if you have a Part 107 then you don’t need to take the Trust test and get A TRUST certificate . I read the email. Can you verify that the FAA is requiring that Part 107 certificate holders need to also get a TRUST certificate.

  36. Diego Gonzalez on July 13, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Hi there
    Nice videos as always
    Very informative

    Just some doubts, if i go to the USA (as a tourist) and i bring my mavic mini
    I dont need to register it, but as a foreign tourist am i allowed to take the trust test? So i can fly the drone as recreational flyer 100% legal, even if i am a foreign tourist?

    What about registering a drone like the mavic air 2, can i register it as a foreign tourist? Or only USA passport holders or green card holders can do that?

    Thanks in advance

  37. Appiah Joshua on July 13, 2021 at 12:36 am

    I took the test , it was quick and I answered all questions . Within seconds after test I received the certificate

  38. jouneymanwizard on July 13, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Thank you for the summary and FAQ! _Just_ starting out flying: you mentioned the "9 things you need to fly recreationally". It there a link to or reference for that list?

    EDIT: found my own answer

    * Have a current registration
    * Fly only for recreational purposes
    * Follow the safety guidelines of a community based organization
    * Keep your drone within your visual line of sight
    * Give way and do not interfere with any manned aircraft
    * Fly at or below 400’ in controlled airspace and only with prior authorization
    * Fly at or below 400’ in uncontrolled airspace
    * Comply with all airspace restrictions
    * Pass The Recreational UAS Safety Test

  39. Mickey McH on July 13, 2021 at 12:39 am

    It’s an easy "everyone passes" course but the most important thing to know is it’s a requirement if you want to be legal.

  40. Steve Bunyan on July 13, 2021 at 12:40 am

    This is stupid wheres the test how do you take it

  41. William Smith on July 13, 2021 at 12:40 am

    So easy took a few minutes , save as a pdf and print it, don’t forget . Printed it drivers license size and laminating. You just read a section and answer questions, read and answer. read and answer…… very easy . So easy I would have gotten 100% right without reading the material , just common since but I think you should read it all carefully.

  42. William Smith on July 13, 2021 at 12:41 am

    So I can’t chase ladies pushing baby buggies down the sidewalk with my drone….. man can’t have any fun at all.

  43. Arpettaz on July 13, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Just done the test. Very easy. Took about 15 minutes

  44. Cappy McCappy on July 13, 2021 at 12:41 am

    This is Crazy that you have to pay to fly a Drone. Uh, not me, friends. Sheeple, PLEASE WAKE UP! Another 3 Letter Monopoly and Oppressive Org.

  45. Glenn Mire on July 13, 2021 at 12:44 am

    It’s now MANDATORY for and Recreational flying.

  46. Purple87SS on July 13, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Just used your website to obtain the TRUST Cert. Great setup and super easy! Printed and stored in my Drone bag.

  47. Zeeshan Siddiqui on July 13, 2021 at 12:46 am

    DJI Mini 2 is <249g. Do these certifications and regulations apply to that?

  48. TECHNOLOGY TIPS on July 13, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Great Video Greg, I am also your student at Pilot Institute, but so far I am only at 35% of the Part 107 course. My question is about Community Base Organization, what is it, and do I have to be a member of it when flying as a recreational flyer or as a Part 107 pilot?

  49. Gabriel Dick on July 13, 2021 at 12:49 am

    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?

  50. Richard Mortenson on July 13, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Wow! An FAA test that’s quick, easy, and not at all tricky. My head is still spinning. Thanks Greg, your course was super-easy to follow.

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