Interested in flying a drone? To do this nowadays you must pass a written exam called the part 107 test (Technically called the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test). Anybody that wants to operate a drone commercially without a manned pilot’s license will need to pass this in person test. Unless you have a huge knowledge base when it comes to airspace, this test isn’t going to be easy to complete without studying.
What is the Value of the Part 107 Exam?
It is important to truly understand the information rather than just pass – but to really understand the airspace so that you can be a safe pilot and avoid and injuries or possible damages that could occur to public or private property.
If in general you struggle to take in information by simply reading, and instead prefer to take a course in person or online – Here’s how we would recommend getting started.
The First step is registering your UAV
The FAA requires that most drones are registered with the FAA and given an appropriate registration number. There are multiple ways to complete these – either through registering online or by using a paper-based registration process.
UAV’s are required to be registered individually as the person who owns it. Therefore you must complete this activity but it only costs 5 dollars so it won’t break the bank. If you’re looking for more information regarding drone registration you may take a look here.
Make sure to STUDY
There is an investment for yourself and your future with flying. There’s a HUGE variety of training courses that are available to help you and teach the material that you need to know. At the end of the day, however you decide to go about your studies, do not take shortcuts – It is important to put in the time to become an FAA-licensed drone pilot.
Inquire for the Part 107 Exam at a Local Testing center
At the point that you feel you have the material down, go ahead and schedule an appointment with a knowledge testing center. Here’s a way to access a few different testing centers.
You are also able to contact knowledge service providers directly to schedule this:
PSI : 1800 – 211 – 2754
CATS : 1800 – 947 – 4228
Prove Your Identity and Pay the Fee
The testing center requires that you bring proper identification. Before scheduling please be sure you clarify what is required at this testing center. Make sure to bring all of the material that is specified, and pay the testing fee either online or by phone.
Get a Drone License
Once you have passed the exam it is still important to keep the knowledge up to date. The FAA requires that you renew your remote pilot certificate every two years. You may take a recurrent knowledge test at a knowledge test center within 24 calendar months of passing the first knowledge test.
Over the past few years there are many programs that have assisted drone pilots in passing the exam. Over the time we have worked with these programs, we learned about the topics that students struggle most with.
There are three areas in which students find the most challenging:
- Effects of Weather (Density Altitude, Storms, Temperature Change)
- Reading Sectional Charts
- Weather Reporting (METAR and TAF reports)
After taking a look at a major database of questions, here are a couple that jump out and hopefully can give a strong idea as to the types of questions the FAA may ask.
- Which thunderstorm lifecycle stage is mostly characterized by downdrafts?
Dissipating is the answer here. It’s important to go through rote memorization for questions like this, density altitude, temperature inversion, types of fog etc.. are all concepts you could be tested on.
- While monitoring the Cooperstown CTAF you hear an aircraft announce that they are midfield left downwind to RWY 13. Where would the aircraft be relative to the runway?
It is important to understand that left downwind means the aircraft is flying parallel to the runway, where the runway is to the left of the pilot. If you’re having trouble with compass orientation, it can be really helpful to sketch this out on a piece of paper.