FAA certified Drone Pilot Test 2020

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Drone Pilot Test

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Drone Pilot Test rules and regulations from the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) are changing in the US in 2020.

From January 13, 2020, the FAA will launch changes to the way all applicants are tested for an FAA Airman Certificate.

The upcoming Airman Knowledge Testing changes apply to all certified pilots of manned and unmanned aircraft, which includes drones over 250g in weight.

See the Airman Knowledge Test Report (ATKR)

The FAA is hosting 2 webinars to explain the new testing system:

To become a Drone 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

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 FTN?

The FTN is a number assigned to you by the FAA that stays with you throughout the course of your aviation career.

Your FTN is assigned to you by the FAA after you complete your registration in IACRA or will already exist if you have a previous airman certificate.

One of the most important changes is the requirement that all applicants obtain an FAA Tracking Number (FTN) prior to registering for a knowledge test.

What if I am only flying for fun?

There’s a new law (PDF) that describes how, when, and where you can fly drones for fun (referred to as “recreational purposes”).

Following these rules will keep you and your drone safe and will help keep the airspace available to everyone.

The FAA’s Reauthorization Bill introduced new rules for how, when, and where you can fly your drone for recreational purposes. (H.R. 302 Section 44809).

The law requires that all recreational flyers must pass a knowledge and safety test.

The knowledge test is being developed in three phases:

  1. Test Content – The FAA, with input from drone stakeholders has developed the content for the knowledge test.
  2. Development of requirements for knowledge test administrators with input from the drone community.
  3. Selection of knowledge test administrators – anticipated early 2020.

Future Drone Pilot Test Changes

The new law requires:

  • Drone operators to pass an online aeronautical knowledge and safety test and carry proof of test passage.
  • The FAA to issue guidance for how it will recognize community-based organizations.


Drone Pilot laws are changing constantly.

Please check the official Government website (such as the FAA) for your location for the latest rules.