With the FAA’s announcement of the new FAR Part 107, there seems to be a tremendous confusion about obtaining a 107 certification. Drones Plus is happy to assist in this, as truly, it’s not very difficult. Here’s a quick-start guide to receiving your very own Part 107 certification from the FAA (when it becomes available, and assuming you’re not currently a rated Airman,who are able to take the test now, see below image). ).
SO YOU WANT TO OBTAIN A 107 CERTIFICATION!
- First step; download and fill in the 8710-1 application from the FAA website, for a student pilot certificate. Fill it out, but DO NOT submit it online. Plan on going to the local FSDO with it (maybe take a blank second copy, just in case of an error).
- Set up an appointment with an inspector at your local FSDO office. They’ll check the application. This will start the currently no-cost Homeland Security background check process. Alternatively, you can wait until the 8710-13 form becomes available in July/August and take the test before or after the application. Some would prefer to get their security check out of the way.
- Study for the Airmen’s test that will be administered at one of over 600 flight schools across the country. The test is not currently available, so now is the time to start studying. I highly recommend purchasing the Study Buddy application from your Google Play or Itunes App store. Study hard. You can study it with the FAA course too, although it’s quite sparse.
- Take the test when it’s available in August.
- Receive a 17 digit code, use IACRA (Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application) to file FAA Form 8710-13 (which doesn’t exist yet)
- BAM! 107 Certified!
There are a few other caveats to the Part 107 conversation; you must meet the following criteria.
- The minimum age for a Remote Pilot in Command is 16-years-old;
- The maximum altitude has been changed to 400 feet AGL (above ground level);
- There is a read, speak, write and understand English requirement; and
- Current Part 61 manned aircraft certificate holders will only have to take and pass an online test .
SO, DOES THIS MEAN THERE IS NO REASON FOR A 333 EXEMPTION?
NO! The 333 Exemption still carries specific privileges and abilities to request special types of flights.If you want to do more than what’s in the rules, you’ll need to work with the FAA and a 333 makes this a bit easier.
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