The Ultimate Guide to Obtaining Your FAA Part 107 License

The Ultimate Guide to Obtaining Your FAA Part 107 License

Are you interested in becoming a commercial drone pilot? Look no further than The Ultimate Guide to Obtaining Your FAA Part 107 License. This comprehensive blog provides all the necessary information and resources you need to successfully obtain your FAA Part 107 license. From studying for the exam to navigating through the application process, we've got you covered. Whether you're a beginner looking to enter the exciting world of drone applicating or an experienced pilot wanting to expand your skillset, this guide is the roadmap to achieving your goals. Get started today with the Ultimate Guide to Obtaining Your FAA Part 107 License!

Securing a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 license is vital for anyone aiming to use drones for commercial purposes in the United States. This certification is mandatory for custom applicators, photographers, videographers, surveyors, or any professionals employing drones in their business operations, ensuring compliance with legal and safety regulations. The following is a detailed guide on acquiring your FAA Part 107 license.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must be at least 16 years old to qualify for a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate.
  • Pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test, commonly known as the Part 107 exam. This test covers topics related to aviation regulations, airspace, weather, and drone operations.
  • Once you’ve met these requirements, proceed to the next steps.

Study for the Exam:

  • Remote Pilot Study Guide: The FAA provides a comprehensive Remote Pilot Study Guide that outlines the exam topics and offers valuable study material. You can access this guide on the FAA website.
  • FAA Part 107 Airman Certification Standards: This document details the aeronautical knowledge areas necessary to pass the exam. It provides in-depth descriptions of each knowledge area. You can find the Airman Certification Standards here.
  • Explore online courses and study materials. The FAA offers a free online training course on the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) website. Additionally, consider third-party test prep courses to enhance your preparation. We recommend Pilot Institute.

Schedule and Take the Exam:

  • Obtain an FAA Tracking Number (FTN) by creating an Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) profile before registering for the knowledge test.
  • Schedule your exam at an FAA-approved testing center. You can find a list of testing centers and schedule your exam through the FAA’s Airman Certificate Testing Service (ACTS) website.

Submit Your Application:

  • After passing the exam, submit an application for your Remote Pilot Certificate through the FAA’s IACRA system. Use your IACRA account to complete the application process, including providing proof of identity and passing a TSA background check.

Receive Your Remote Pilot Certificate:

  • Once your application is processed and approved, you’ll receive your Remote Pilot Certificate in the mail with a small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) rating. This usually takes 4 to 6 weeks.
  • This certificate allows you to legally operate drones for commercial purposes under the FAA’s Part 107 regulations.

In conclusion, obtaining your FAA Part 107 license is a significant milestone for anyone looking to become a custom applicator and operate drones commercially in the United States. By following these steps and utilizing the resources provided by the FAA, you can successfully prepare for and pass the Part 107 exam, ensuring compliance with regulations and equipping yourself with the knowledge necessary to operate drones safely and responsibly. For more information and detailed guidance, visit the FAA’s UAS website.


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