On June 21, the FAA announced that Part 107 Rules for UAS (Drone) Operations in the National Airspace have been finalized.
The name of the operator's certificate required is "Remote Pilot's Certificate" and clients will need one to fly with Part 107 or their Exemption.
However, the new rules will not be implemented for 60 days, presumably in late August. Until then, you may consider the current operating rules unchanged, and use this window as a time to prepare.
Overall, this announcement has great benefits for the use of UAVs in agriculture, civil engineering, aggregate, and mining industries. It will now be easier for companies to become compliant to fly commercial UAVs.
Here are the highlights from today's announcements:
Getting the Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification for non-FAA Pilots
- You may begin the Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification training online.
- You may take the Knowledge Exam at an FAA testing Center once the Rule is implemented.
Getting Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification for current FAA Pilots
- You may begin the Part 61 additional Remote Pilot Certification training online.
- You do not need to take a Knowledge Test at a testing center, but must complete the online training course .
Current 333 Exemption Holders
- Your FAA Pilot must complete the online Remote Pilot Certification training online before the implementation of Part 107.
- Your 333 Exemption is still valid per the time period stated on it.
Pending 333 Exemptions
- You will be notified by the FAA that you are in one of three tiers and be given options to continue or transfer to Part 107
- You will be required to be approved and vetted by the TSA in order to fly with a Remote Pilot Certification.
What are the final rules?
- The FAA has posted a summary and a complete overview of the final rules, which will be implemented later this summer.
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