The FAA TRUST Test: A Canadian Perspective

The FAA TRUST Test: A Canadian Perspective

Let’s have a look at the new FAA TRUST Test, now mandatory for American recreational drone pilots, and compare it to Canadian tests.

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24 Comments

  1. Clint Chapman on August 19, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    I totally agree – the Canadian basic exam is completely ridiculous! It would be nice if they told you what you got wrong and what the right answers were but honestly the questions were so off base it really doesn’t matter what the answers are. The trust test is far more practical and effective at increasing safety.

  2. Brant Aerials on August 19, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    I thought that the Transport Canada approach to the exam was to try and make you think like a pilot. Learning all this extra stuff probably wasn’t necessary but I feel like having more knowledge helps me fly better.
    Restricting foreign drone pilots from flying recreationally is ridiculous. We should be encouraging tourists to promote our country’s wonderful scenery and natural beauty!

  3. Canamanik66 Nik on August 19, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    I think the Canadian regulations seem to be gearing the public up for the future of commercial drone usage such as delivery services and even manned quad copters like taxi service. They don’t seem to think of drones as toys or flying cameras.

  4. Richard D on August 19, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Spot on, Don, about the Canadian system. Coming from my experience as a former airline pilot, I had to shake my head and ponder the relevancy of many of the questions they were asking for the Basic certification. Yes, I even got a few wrong because of the subjective nature of some of the questions.

  5. Mark Kram on August 19, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    For once the USA is making sense. I passed the Basic CDN exam on the first try, but a lot of time was spent with your videos and other resources. If nothing else it does provide one with a small sense of accomplishment.

  6. S. Macmillan on August 19, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    I agree . Are basic exam should be like trust.

  7. Bill 3D on August 19, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Excellent video. Totally agree about the Canadian test. I passed both basic and advanced with high marks thanks to your videos. This said, I studied very little and relied on 40 years of (RC & private pilot) knowledge. After calling around and speaking to a number of entitled flight testing centres, I decided to pass on taking it. It’s very disheartening when many of us know more than they do.

  8. LiarSpeaks TheTruth on August 19, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    I’m sending this to all my ‘Merican drone friends.

  9. DimmyV on August 19, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks Don, I’m thinking of getting part 107 and European license to work in different countries. Canada definitely needs to loosen the reigns for non residents to take test and get certified

  10. David Burrows on August 19, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    So do you think Canada will be smart enough to follow suit?

  11. Tommy Cote on August 19, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Maybe you should show TC that their exam is ridiculous and deters drone pilots like myself from ever bothering to write such a pointless exam to fly a sub250g drone. If the exam was actually about drone use and piloting, I would write such an exam, but in it’s current form, I’ll just not bother and stick to sub250g drones and use the don’t do anything stupid rule for ease and convenience.

  12. Aerosnapper on August 19, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    This is an another excellent production. How galling though to see how much better recreational drone operation can be regulated than it is here in Canada. LAANC is a far superior solution to authorizations too. Nav Drone is dreadful…

  13. Alberta free and wild on August 19, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Finally some common sense, Come on Canada, GET WITH IT!!!!!

  14. exploder69 on August 19, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Don, thank you for the excellent, brutally honest and wise seasoned perspective. I agree 110% with everything, and especially appreciate your courage to call out the corruption in comment replies here, with our grifter bureaucrats, it’s disgusting. My favorite example of idiot test questions was years ago, getting a firearms test, where they asked questions about conditions to fill out a form you needed to submit. My answer was the bloody government agent has a duty to know that stuff, and reject forms that don’t meet the requirements, while I need to know about gun safety, not how to do their bloody job. I think I’ll just buy a DJI Mini 2 or 3 (assuming it comes out soon), and skip the regulatory nonsense. Getting my real world amphib ultralight pilot’s licence was enough of that crap.

  15. Drone Videography Production on August 19, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Could not agree more… I also took the TRUST test and could not believe how easy it was compare to the Canadian test. Their goal is to educate drone pilots. Transport Canada goal seems to be discouraging most people as possible to obtain their license. I’m still going to attemp my avanced certification with your precious help… 🤞

  16. Peter Cole on August 19, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Don,
    As soon as I saw it, I took it. Although US only, I found it quite interesting. It never hurts to add a little knowledge to your base.

  17. Laurie Seto on August 19, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Canadian bureaucracy at work to reject rather than encourage and serve the public. Cheers

  18. Conman on August 19, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks for the info! Do you have the FAA 107 license? If not, are you planning to get it?

  19. rreiter on August 19, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Good video – I agree with you about our Canadian structure. On the flip-side it seems that some Americans are complaining about the FAA’s very narrow interpretation of "recreation"; it conflates receiving any amount of revenue however small with decreased safety in flight. Edit: well, I worded "with decreased safety" awkwardly. "with requiring increased safety/regulations" might have been better.

  20. Pursuit's End on August 19, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Totally agree on the ridiculousness of the Canadian tests. I can understand making the tests challenging to weed out reckless pilots but the advanced nature of the knowledge makes what should be a simple right-or-wrong operation into a drain (financially and mentally). I really don’t like how for the advanced tests we have to get private evaluator charge us hundreds of dollars to acknowledge we know what we are doing.

  21. DimmyV on August 19, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Also 💯 Canadian test is ridiculous. I’ve definitely trusted your videos more to provide clarity. 🙏🏼

  22. BENOIT LEROUX on August 19, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I took the advanced test and still not able to pass after 3 time
    non-sense question

  23. Bob Witmer on August 19, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I agree that the Canadian Basic exam was totally useless and a most shameful example of bureaucratic cronyism. All that it tested was how quickly you could perform key word searches in multiple tabs and compare to reliable Google searches while your blood pressure is continually rising over the idiocy of the questions. It tested that you could keep focussed on task when all you want to do is throw your computer across the room and then try to figure out how Marc Garneau got to be an astronaut with minimal competency for this position.

  24. Carlos Amat on August 19, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    only in Canada eh…. pity!

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