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How Do I Get A Remote Pilot / Commercial Drone License?

The FAA officially released the Small UAS Rule Part 107 to get a commercial drone license in June of 2016 and the rules went into effect in August of 2016. Under the Part 107 rules, commercial drone operators are required to:

  • Demonstrate aeronautical knowledge by either:
    • Passing an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center (Click here for the list). UAV Ground School will help you be ready to pass this test.
    • Hold a part 61 pilot certificate other than student pilot, complete a flight review within the previous 24 months, and complete a small UAS online training course.

 

  • Be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration.

 

  • Be at least 16 years old.

 

  • Obtain an FAA issued remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating.

 

  • 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 rule.

 

  • Report to the FAA within 10 days of any operation that results in at least serious injury, loss of consciousness, or property damage of at least $500.

 

  • Conduct a preflight inspection, to include specific aircraft and control station systems checks, to ensure the small UAS is in a condition for safe operation.

 

  • Ensure that the small unmanned aircraft complies with the existing registration requirements specified in § 91.203(a)(2).

** This is not the full list of requirements. For the summary and the full list please click the buttons below.

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What Are The Commercial Drone License Requirements?

The rules for operating an unmanned aircraft (drone) are dependent upon the reason for flying. Are you flying for fun or for work?

Fly For Fun

Fly For Work

Pilot Requirements
  • No pilot requirements
  • Must have Remote Pilot Airman Certificate
  • Must be 16 years old
  • Must pass TSA vetting
Aircraft Requirements
  • Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs.
  • Must be less than 55 lbs.
  • Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs. (online)
  • Must undergo pre-flight check to ensure UAS is in condition for safe operation
Location Requirements
  • 5 miles from airports without prior notification to airport and air traffic control
  • Class G airspace*
Operating Rules
  • Must ALWAYS yield right of way to manned aircraft
  • Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)
  • UAS must be under 55 lbs.
  • Must follow community-based safety guidelines
  • Must notify airport and air traffic control tower before flying within 5 miles of an airport
  • Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)*
  • Must fly under 400 feet*
  • Must fly during the day*
  • Must fly at or below 100 mph*
  • Must yield right of way to manned aircraft*
  • Must NOT fly over people*
  • Must NOT fly from a moving vehicle*
Example Applications
  • Educational or recreational flying only
  • Flying for commercial use (e.g. providing aerial surveying or photography services)
  • Flying incidental to a business (e.g. doing roof inspections or real estate photography)
Legal or Regulatory Basis
  • Public Law 112-95, Section 336 – Special Rule for Model Aircraft
  • FAA Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft
  • Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulation (14 CFR) Part 107

*These rules are subject to waiver.