On June 21, 2016, the FAA announced that Part 107 Rules for UAS (Drone) Operations in the National Airspace had been finalized.
The new rules went into effect on August 29, 2016, opening a door for many potential pilots interested in commercial activities using UAVs. With the new rules, there are many opportunities 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 highlights and updates from the Part 107 ruling since it was originally announced:
Getting the Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification for non-FAA Pilots
- To become certified you simply need to take and pass a 60-question Knowledge Test at an FAA testing center with a minimum score of 70%. There is no flight test required to obtain your Remote Pilot Certificate.
- The FAA has several online resources, including a study guide, the actual ruling known as 14 CFR Part 107, and many other information manuals.
- RDO Integrated Controls offers a regulatory training package to help you prepare for your Part 107 exam and comply with federal regulations when operating your UAV.
- After the exam, all information is submitted through the FAAs Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA), where they conduct a background investigation, evaluate your test score, and either approve or deny the application.
Getting Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification for current FAA Pilots
- Part 61 Pilots are not required to take the Knowledge Test at a testing center, but must complete an online training course, called "Part 107 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) ALC-451"
- Current pilots then need to complete and submit Form 8710-13 (FAA Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application for a remote pilot certificate).
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 FAA through its IACRA system before being issued your Remote Pilot Certificate. This process can take several months to complete because of the amount of time required to complete a background investigation, evaluate your application and test scores, and officially approve your request.
What are the final rules?
- A summary and a complete overview of the final rules, known as 14 CFR Part 107, are available on the FAA website.
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This blog was originally posted on June 21, 2016 and updated March 15, 2017.Author: Bill Edmonson | UAV Product Specialist | Follow on Twitter @RDOICBillE