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
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).
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.
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.
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
- 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)
- PAVE, IMSAFE & DECIDE Models
- 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
- 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)
Drone Pilot School Video Review
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.
- You must take a recurrent knowledge test at a Knowledge Testing Center within 24 calendar months of passing the initial knowledge test.
- After passing the recurrent knowledge test, you must be able to show a copy of your recurrent knowledge test report if asked.
- You can read the Airmen Certification Standards for Remote Pilot Certification and Recurrent Knowledge Test can be found here (PDF)
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