FAA TRUST Safety Test for Recreational Drone Pilots – What's in it?

FAA TRUST Safety Test for Recreational Drone Pilots – What's in it?

The FAA released a REQUIRED TRUST TEST for Recreational Drone and RC Pilots. If you fly your UAV recreationally under the Exception for Recreational Flyers you must pass the safety test before you fly. All the questions and answers are here, as well as some bonus material that most miss.

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CBO INFO: “…The Aircraft is Operated in Accordance With or Within the Programming of a CBO’s Set of Safety Guidelines That are Developed in Coordination With the FAA. Once the FAA has developed the criteria for recognition of CBOs and started officially recognizing CBOs, those CBOs’ safety guidelines will be available for use. During this interim period, the FAA offers two means to satisfy this statutory condition. Recreational flyers should be able to explain to an FAA inspector or law enforcement official which safety guidelines they are following…”

**** Technically you DO NOT need PRINTED CBO documents with you, you only need to be able to state what CBO guidelines you’re following (in addition to the FAA rules for recreational pilots). My experience is that it doesn’t hurt to have it along though, as when the police are my face my memory isn’t as sharp as it should be… 😉 For the moment, the easiest is to use the existing rules from the FAA for recreational pilots (or the AMA rules, see the links below) as a ‘proxy’ for the CBO Guidelines. You need to be able to state that’s what you’re doing though, “…Yes Officer, I can tell you what CBO rules I’m following, but at the moment I am substituting these guidelines instead of using the CBO guidelines as allowed by the FAA as stated in AC 91-57B in this interim, and the rules are…(state the current recreational pilot rules or the AMA rules)”. Keep in mind though when the FAA recognizes actual CBOs you’ll need to pick one and be able to discuss and follow those rules. This is probably coming soon, before the end of the year is my guess. I did add links below to make it clearer as I think the FAA made it a bit more confusing than it needs to be with the AC 91-57B circular.

* FAA CBO Proxy #1 (AMA Guidelines): https://www.modelaircraft.org/sites/default/files/documents/100.pdf
** FAA CBO Proxy #2 (FAA temporary rules): https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/

USC 44809 Recreational Rules: https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=granuleid:USC-prelim-title49-section44809&num=0&edition=prelim

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  1. Chasbro Chas on July 30, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Great video. Thanks for all the info about the CBO. took the test (let the day it came out. Passing is pretty EZ Let’s just call it a QUIZ.

  2. Julio Fabian Vlogs on July 30, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    another informative video mr. bryan mills! thankyou.

  3. Bobby Lefebvre on July 30, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Cool video

  4. The Yard on July 30, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    wow, I didnt know about this at all. definitely doing this.. what is the difference from the P107 to the rec cert? should I just get the 107?

  5. The Yard on July 30, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Boom. Got it! that was super easy! Thank you Kieth!

  6. Daniel Wehe on July 30, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    I took the test and passed in about 15-20 minutes. Only got 1 wrong but was able to correct it simply.

  7. Summer Crow on July 30, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    The question isn’t can I explain the rules to them it’s if they have enough experience to know the difference between what I tell them and any BS I make up because I seriously doubt any flat foot I meet in the mountains will know his butt from a hole in the ground

  8. Nick Rich on July 30, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    I have two drones do both of them need to be registered

  9. Carlos Burgos on July 30, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks Keith for the information

  10. Ria Jairam on July 30, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Did it, easy peasy. Keep it with my part 107 certificate in case I ever fly recreationally

  11. Bobby Lefebvre on July 30, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    I took the test last night

  12. Jeff Pattison on July 30, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    What do you think about Senator Mike Lee’s DIZA?

  13. Bobby Lefebvre on July 30, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    I passed last night

  14. Jeff Aries on July 30, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    I want to know why drone pilots habe to take the commercial pilots test every 2 years and a private pilot only has to take the test once. I dont think this is fair game to the drone pilot.. What’s your thoughts on this.. I would take the test but i wont do it being i have to do the test every 2 years.

  15. Jake Stringfellow on July 30, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Okay, so I have a cheap little "toy drone" that does have a camera on it. I am new to drones and i have some footage i thought about posting on my channel. It’s not of anyone but me and family. Am I still not allowed to post footage? Like I said I am new to all of this and i am so confused. I got the drone to post videos or pictures up of like scenery or with my family or friends and I’m not even sure if I can post it?

  16. jrs9381 on July 30, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    then i guess ill fly illegally. i fly from inside my yard if they want to enter my premises they will need a warrant. (to enter my house or backyard etc.)

  17. Chris Robbins on July 30, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    More common sense testing… Yay!

    In regards to your link above for FAA CBO Rule1, what do the requirements for an Air Boss and Air Shows have to do with piloting an sUAS (recreationally)? There’s no mention of a CBO that I could find.

  18. jrs9381 on July 30, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    cool i want that faa licensed 107 pilot shirt that way i can tell my neighbor off when he threatens me and my drone with a shotgun. seriously im close to going after him with a spiked bat.

  19. alex babbitt on July 30, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you for all your information.. I saved all your provided documents to my phone and we’ll be studying to get the 107 certification. Keep up the great videos

  20. Crow YT on July 30, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Do I have to take this test even if I am in Canada?

  21. Dan Burdick on July 30, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Like the test. Took three minutes and you shouldn’t be flying without this basic knowledge.

  22. Curly Maple Bandit on July 30, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    When flying away from home, there is a current aeronautical chart, & full copy of the FARs in my truck, within view of where I’m standing. Have dealt with the Faa for decades. Most of the FSDO guys think of a license as a starting place to learn, as opposed to local Leo who will think if you have a license, you must know it all. Goal is to become a porcupine, too much trouble to deal with.
    When you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull Shyte .

  23. HandyBear KJW on July 30, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks. Great info. Subscribed.

  24. Kevin's Drone Adventures on July 30, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Hey Keith took my Trust test and passed it. Very easy. Also, great intro music. Thanks for the info.

  25. TurboNorm on July 30, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Keith, isn’t there a waiver or exception if your drone is less than .55 pounds? Thought I read that somewhere.

  26. LifeofMurphys Outdoors Channel on July 30, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Just took this, didn’t take long at all! Passed! Thanks so much for all the information!

  27. Terry Dixon on July 30, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Lawnmowers injure and kill more people every year than drones. Wonder when our politicians will think maybe the public should take a test for a license…umm and then spend money for a license!

  28. Jeff Pattison on July 30, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks. I took my test a couple of days ago through the AMA. The presentation and administration were different, but the questions were the same. Since the AMA is a recognized CBO, I have always carried my AMA card as well and followed their safety guidelines.

  29. Drone & Video -AZ. on July 30, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Thank you Keith for all your uploads of information. This one sure does help too. I Have your decal displayed on the back of my truck window. People ask me about it and I say watch Alien Drones on you tube, Hope you get more subscribers. Keep flying !!

  30. Henry Etter on July 30, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Они похожи на все ваши правительственные учреждения!!! ЖАЖДУЩИЕ ВЛАСТИ НИКТО.Просто ерунда! Продолжайте в том же время, чтобы сохранить свою работу, чтобы казалось, что они что-то делают.Если каждый из них произойдет и отчеты будут поданы, мне придется выйти из их $es и что-то сделать.Они никто не пытается быть важными. Это лишь очередная попытка большого правительства добиться.Больше контроля над вами… Любые комментарии напрасны с вашей стороны, так как независимо от того, каковы ваши входные данные, то, что они будут получать, это то, что они получат.После того, как вы прокомментируете FAA, свяжитесь со своим сенатором и конгрессменом или женщиной и выразите возражение по поводу этих изменений.

  31. Don Adams on July 30, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    I fly RC airplanes, not drones. I still have to take the drone test! Give me a break!

  32. Stephen M on July 30, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    You’re the man, Keith! Thanks, buddy! 👍🏼

  33. Summer Crow on July 30, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    I still plan on flying long range in the mountains they can stick the CBO fields where the sun don’t shine

  34. Great Lakes Drone Service on July 30, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Great insight Keith as always!

  35. Crow YT on July 30, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Also are the multiple choice questions always the same?????

  36. Siamect on July 30, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Use AMA instead. They don’t require any email address just your name They provide a link. Besides… The level of the test really shows the level of FAA regulators.

  37. Frank Morales III on July 30, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    I took the test. I finished the test in about 10 minutes. I actually learned more about drone flying from the drone group I joined 2 years ago which is what caused me to complete the exam quickly.

  38. T. W. on July 30, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Why has this video only less than 400 likes?

  39. Pyro 1776 on July 30, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    This is just the next step in the FAA forcing recreational pilots out… it’s going to be choosing between being confined to a CBO field in the middle of nowhere or being forced into taking the 107 test, which I cant even do now because everyone in my area is afraid to have someone else breath on them.

  40. NullMatrix on July 30, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    I did not see that on my test and have no clue we had a CBO we must follow. I am sure a High % of people with drones just do not look to see if the Gov. has updated rules. The same goes with any new rules unless it is published everywhere most are not going to take the time to seek this information. In my quick opinion and I could be wrong it just sounds like a CBO is going to end up like the HOA of drone flyers.

  41. chris baide on July 30, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks Keith! I didn’t even know about TRUST certification. Took the test and got it, super easy! I have been looking around on YouTube vids about were to and how to fly my new drone and no one mentioned this. Appreciate your hard work.

  42. BirdzEyeView Aerial Visions, LLC on July 30, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Another great vid, Keith! Thank you, Sir!!

  43. brandon garrison on July 30, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Can you actually get a certificate for this?

  44. MrRaymond1021 on July 30, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    What part is CBO? I don’t know what you mean by making a copy. Thanks for your time and help.

  45. Yes Forever 18 on July 30, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    One thing that I think is very import is to get propeller protectors installed on the drone.
    The protector is not only protector the drone from collision, but also protect you and other being hurt.

    Specially beware of your neck when you are holding the drone.

  46. Henry Etter on July 30, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Don’t do it the count on fact you will buckle under. Stand up and say no

  47. tom mills on July 30, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Mr Keith, you should mention that it’s impossible to fail the trust test if they hurry before FAA adds to it. And it’s fun.

  48. mdn 607 on July 30, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Took me all of 3 minutes. And now I have a certificate that makes me look official to anyone who didn’t know any better!

  49. Jake Stringfellow on July 30, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    I will take this test also

  50. Jogiv2 Machine1 on July 30, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    I prefer to safeguard my privacy when flying a toy. A citizen should not have to obtain a license in order to operate a UAV (unless it is a commercial operation or the FAA has already classified it as a possible threat–like a passenger airplane.) The airspace above our heads doesn’t belong to the FAA. It belongs to the people of this country and under the US Constitution we are all equal.  The FAA maintains no authority over anyone except those who possess an aircraft-certificate for operating an aircraft for commercial purposes. The FAA claims to own all airspace above the United States, putting you under their preemptive authority regardless of whether you want to acknowledge this outright prerogative. A non-commercial pilot certificate requires you to get permission for everything you do that involves flying. The Federal Aviation Authority provides a false prerogative in order to fly your toys in the sky. In fact, they consider it an unlawful act of treason if you toy operators don’t seek permission from them and abide by their rules. The FAA is using non-commercial licenses to track and register citizens of the USA.  

    It’s not that the FAA would be powerless to regulate the likes of Amazon and Google if they want to start using drones for deliveries, or surveying their large plantations by air. It’s just that private commercial uses of drones are in a regulatory grey area where the FAA’s licensing authority by law is very limited.

    The closest authority they have is derived from two sources: Congress’ power, under the Commerce Clause, and the inherent powers of the Executive Branch.  Therefore, anything they do with regard to regulation of aircraft falls within at least one of those two Constitutional grants of authority.

    FAA regulations are written in a way that can be interpreted in many multiple ways. It is ambiguous because its very nature contradicts the Constitution. The Fed granted itself too much power, it is unconstitutional for a citizen to mandatorily acknowledge any dominion the FAA may have over certain air-space, but logically this is inapplicable to many citizens regardless of the FAA arbitrarily configuring their rules to include toys and sUAVs.  Non-commercial licensing is redundant and a way to confirm that a citizen does indeed acknowledge their authority.

    As of now, the FAA specifically prohibits you from operating a drone for fun. Currently the FAA has disproportionate authority to restrict property rights of individuals in an arbitrary fashion, by law this is not permissible.

    In a world of technological innovation — private citizens should be free to fly in the sky without going through official licensed systems; while remaining ensured that product safety is absolutely paramount. Commercial licensing will only serve to protect big businesses and allow government bureaucrats more access to individual’s information for needless tracking and control.

    The FAA has been using an unconstitutional standard to determine whether or not to grant waivers for drone operators who want to fly recreationally and eventually — the agency’s entire drone waiver process will eventually be under question.

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