Drone Pilot License

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How to Become a Drone Pilot?

If you want to fly a drone for business or to make money then you will need an official Drone Pilot License.

In the United States, this requires you to take and pass an examination by the Federal Aviation Authority, under the FAA’s Small UAS Rule, Part 107.

The FAA will then issue you with a Remote Pilot Certificate which proves that you understand the regulations, operating requirements, and procedures for safely flying drones and unmanned aerial vehicles.

What Drone Pilot Training is available?

There are Drone Pilot Schools that will teach you how to become a drone pilot and pass the Part 107 FAA test.

Drone Pilot Ground School offers the leading online FAA Part 107 Test Preparation and Training Course

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Drone Pilot Ground School

The Drone Pilot Ground School training course will teach you to become an FAA-Certified Drone Pilot to fly for Commercial Use.

Enroll in Drone Pilot Ground School, the industry’s #1 online test prep and training course, and pass your FAA drone exam on your first try — or your money back.

99% Success Rate

Over 99% of DPGS students pass the FAA exam on their first attempt, even though most of them have no prior experience in aviation. If they can do it, so can you!

Money-Back (and Passing) Guarantee

If you don’t pass the FAA exam after taking the DPGS course, they say they will refund you AND will also cover your test center fee (normally $150).

Lifetime Access

To keep your license, you will need to pass a recurrent FAA knowledge test every 24 months. DPGS students get lifetime access to their online training courses, which they update regularly with the industry.

70+ Video & Text Lessons

Access a curriculum built in partnership with a Gold Seal Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and former Chief Pilot of a Part 141 Flight School to align directly with the FAA’s remote pilot certification requirements.

Lesson Quizzes & 5 Practice Tests

Quiz yourself at the bottom of each lesson, and take our full-length practice tests to see if you’re ready to take the FAA’s exam.

Real FAA Test Questions

Master the FAA’s test concepts with our database of 300+ multiple-choice questions. After completing a practice test, you’ll be emailed a performance report and a breakdown of your incorrect responses.

One on One Support

Email, call or send a voice message. You get unlimited support for your burning questions. The course is online, but you won’t be on your own.

Drone Pilot Knowledge Center

DPGS has rounded up the most common questions from students and built a searchable Q&A database, so you benefit from those that went before you.

Cram Sheet

Use the 12-page cram sheet to cement important concepts before taking the test. Key takeaways from each lesson are all in one place to help you study more effectively.

Flight Proficiency Training

While flight proficiency isn’t required by the FAA, DPGS holds students to a higher standard. Receive a Drone Pilot Ground School diploma when you pass the flight proficiency challenge.

Business Operations Lessons

Learn from a drone lawyer and other industry professionals about how they approach important legal, marketing, insurance, and business considerations.

Fits Your Learning Style

Whether you learn best by listening, reading, or doing, DPGS uses all of these tactics to help you learn. They also have closed captioning in each of our video lessons.

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The Drone Pilot Ground School course covers:

Getting Started as a Drone Pilot

  • Quick-Start Tips for New Students
  • Downloadable Test Supplement
  • The chance to Meet Your Instructor and Student Support, Manager
  • Glossary of Common Drone Industry Terms
  • Drone Pilot Knowledge Base

Drone Rules and FAA Regulations

  • The Basics of Part 107 Regulations
  • Crew Member Definitions
  • Registering Your Drone
  • Reporting an Accident or In-Flight Emergency
  • Operating Limitations: Height, Speed, Minimum Visibility and Cloud Clearance
  • FAA Compliance: Flight Logging, Inspections, and Required Documents
  • Flying From a Moving Vehicle
  • Flying at Night
  • Flying Over People and Moving Vehicles
  • Flying Visual Line-of-Sight
  • Alcohol, Drugs, and Physiology
  • Airspace Authorization and Waivers

National Airspace System (NAS)

  • Class B Airspace
  • Class C Airspace
  • Class D Airspace
  • Class E Airspace
  • Class G Airspace
  • Special Use Airspace
  • Military Training Routes
  • TFRs and NOTAMs

Reading Sectional Charts

  • What’s a Sectional Chart?
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • VFR Checkpoints
  • Notification Boxes
  • MSL vs. AGL
  • Airports and Radio Frequencies
  • Isogonic Lines
  • Maximum Elevation Figures
  • Victor Airways
  • Advanced Sectional Chart Interpretation

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Airport Operations

  • Reading a Chart Supplement
  • Runways and Traffic Patterns
  • Right of Way
  • Towered vs. Untowered Airports

Weather and Micro-Meteorology

  • Standard Conditions and Density Altitude
  • Wind and Currents
  • Moisture, Fog, and Frost
  • Reading a METAR Report
  • Reading a TAF Report
  • Operating in Extreme Weather
  • Clouds, Ceilings, and Visibility
  • Stable vs. Unstable Air (Understanding Air Masses)

Drone Flight Operations

  • Hazardous Flight Operations
  • Emergency Operations
  • Lost Link Procedures
  • LiPo Batteries
  • Aeronautical Decision-Making (ADM)
  • Crew Resource Management (CRM)
  • Hazardous Attitudes
  • Radio Communications
  • UAS Loading and Performance
  • UAS Maintenance and Inspection
  • Pre-Flight Checklist

Practice Tests, Cram Sheet & FAA Exam

  • 5 Full-Length Practice Tests
  • Cram Sheet // Am I Ready to Take the Test?
  • Finding Your Test Center
  • Test Day Checklist
  • Using IACRA to Apply for Your Remote Pilot Certificate

Bonus Lectures

  • Basic Flight Proficiency Training
  • Flight Proficiency Challenge // Course Diploma
  • How to Conduct Airspace Research
  • [Guide] Drone Liability and Hull Insurance
  • [Guide] Pricing Your Drone Services
  • [Interview] Using Drones to do Real Estate / Property Marketing
  •  [Interview] Ask a Drone Lawyer: Key Legal Considerations for Starting a Drone Business

Getting Recertified // FAA Recurrent Knowledge Test

  • Recurrent Knowledge Test Prep
  • 3 Full-Length Practice Tests (Recurrent Exam)
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What are the requirements to become a Drone Pilot?

To become a Drone Pilot pilot you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English
  • Be in a physical and mental condition to safely fly a drone
  • Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge exam

What are the requirements for Remote Pilot Certificate?

  • Must be easily accessible by the remote pilot during all UAS operations
  • Valid for 2 years. Certificate holders must pass a recurrent knowledge test every two years

What is the difference between UAV and UAS?


UAV is the abbreviation for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle which is the aircraft or drone that you fly.


UAS is the abbreviation referring to the entire Unmanned Aerial System required to operate the drone. This includes the UAV, any ground control system, remote camera, Global-Positioning System GPS and any software.

What is the process to become a Drone Pilot?

Step 1 Tracking Number

First, obtain an FAA Tracking Number (FTN) by creating an Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) profile prior to registering for a knowledge test.

This allows the FAA to identify you as the bonafide person taking the test.

Step 2 Schedule Appointment

Secondly, schedule an appointment with a Knowledge Testing Center which administers initial and recurrent FAA knowledge exams.

Be sure to bring a Government-issued photo ID to your test as proof of who you are.

Step 3 Knowledge Test

Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge test.

Step 4 Form 8710-13

Complete FAA Form 8710-13 for a remote pilot certificate (FAA Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application) using the electronic FAA Integrated Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application system (IACRA).

Register using the FAA IACRA system

Step 5 Print Temporary Certificate

Print a copy of your temporary remote pilot certificate from IACRA.

Step 6 Remote Pilot Certificate

Wait to receive your permanent remote pilot certificate will be sent via mail once all other FAA-internal processing is complete.

Step 7 Whenever you fly

Always have your Remote Pilot Certificate available whenever you fly your UAS.

Renewing Your Remote Pilot Certificate

It’s important for all pilots, including Certified Remote Pilots, to stay current and keep their knowledge up to date

The FAA requires you to renew your Remote Pilot Certificate every 2 years.

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