On June 21, 2016, the FAA announced the new sUAS Part 107 certification for remote controlled aircraft. The years of work invested in becoming "Section 333" compliant, now replaced with a Remote Pilot Certificate. Since I already have a pilot's license, I have a fast track option that allows me to bypass the written exam necessary for certification. I will need to complete an online "Remote Pilot" exam to have the endorsement added to my current license. I anticipate completing the necessary courses and certifications in the next couple of months. The Part 107 requirement will take effect after August, 2016.
More information can be found on the FAA website. Please keep this in mind when searching for a remote controlled aerial aircraft operator. The operator must be FAA Part 107 compliant, they must have their aircraft registered with the FAA, they need to stay at or below 400 feet AGL (with the exception of building examinations), they cannot fly over crowds of people, they should have insurance ($1M liability preferred) and they must log all flights/maintenance/etc. Let me know if you have any questions!
- For operators with existing pilot certificate:
- Existing pilots with current BFR (Bi-annual flight review) can go on the faasafety.gov and pass a training course in order to get a small UAS rating on their airman certificate.
- Operators without an existing pilot certificate:
- Operators without an existing airman certificate or current BFR need to pass a written test at an approved FAA testing center.
- Must be 16 years old
- Must pass a TSA screening.
Here is a step-by-step roadmap for acquiring the new "Remote Pilot Certificate" with a "Small UAS Rating".
- Register with the FAA using this link: https://www.faasafety.gov/login/reg/Register.aspx
- Read the summery of small unmanned aircraft rule (part107) here:
- Study all the training material provided to you by the FAA.
- Complete a TSA background screening test (more information will be sent out once the process is announced by the FAA)
- After the rules are in effect and tests are being administered by the FAA, contact PSI and schedule your appointment
- Pass the test and get certified