I plan on writing a few blog entries on the recently announced Part 107 certification. I'm sure that I will be fielding a lot of Part 107 questions over the next couple of months, so as I educate myself on the new ruling, I'll post what I know online. I plan to create a page that clearly outlines the requirements and steps, whether you are a Part 61 private pilot license holder or someone new; getting into commercial aerial photography for the first time.
I'm going to break-down the steps for existing pilots, at this FAA link:
For existing Part 61 pilots, you need to do a few things. 1.) Create an FAA account online (if you don't have one already) and pass a knowledge course (ALC-451) at https://www.faasafety.gov/files/helpcontent/courses/sUAS_5095_lms_2/menu/index.htm
2.) After completing the online course, you will receive credit to your online FAA account and a certificate number that will look like this.
3.) Complete FAA Form 8710-13 (online or paper), print it out and get it ready for signatures (when the form is available).
4.) The next step is validating the pilot's identity. Contact a FSDO, an FAA-designated pilot examiner (DPE), an airman certification representative (ACR), or an FAA-certificated flight instructor (CFI) to make an appointment.
5.) Present the completed FAA Form 8710-13 along with the online course completion certificate or knowledge test report (as applicable) and proof of a current flight review.
6.) The completed FAA Form 8710-13 application will be signed by the applicant after the FSDO, DPE, ACR, or CFI examines the applicant's photo identification and verifies the applicant's identity. The identification presented must include a photograph of the applicant, the applicant's signature, and the applicant's actual residential address (if different from the mailing address). This information may be presented in more than one form of identification.
Acceptable methods of identification include, but are not limited to U.S. drivers' licenses, government identification cards, passports, and military identification cards (see AC 61-65 Certification: Pilots and Flight and Ground Instructors)
7.) The FAA representative will then sign the application.
8.) An appropriate FSDO representative, a DPE, or an ACR will issue the applicant a temporary airman certificate (a CFI is not authorized to issue a temporary certificate; they can process applications for applicants who do not want a temporary certificate).
9.) A permanent remote pilot certificate will be sent via mail once all other FAA-internal processing is complete.
That's it - In under 10 Steps!!! Stay tuned for instructions for non-pilots. Note: All of this new Part 107 stuff will take effect August 29, 2016. It may be difficult to obtain the necessary form(s), get the signatures, etc. until September 2016. I'm working with local aviation authorities now to raise awareness and gain alignment in advance.