The FAA is notoriously ambiguous on many topics related to UAS operations, and the process to renew a part 107 remote pilot certificate is no different.
The agency now has official guidance published on what the new standards for recertification are. Many part 107 pilots were left to wonder what a retest scenario would look like, and now that information is readily available.
Anyone up for a recertification will remember the registration process through the FAA’s online portal. That is no longer required, and setting up a test is as easy as finding your nearest testing center, calling 1-800-211-2753, registering over the phone, paying the fee and preparing for the test.
With the new guidance, test-takers now have an idea exactly what material will be covered on the exam:
The omissions are as follows:
The best way to prepare is to use whichever method helped you pass the initial Part 107 exam the first time around. The omissions of two major sections should allow you to focus on those three areas. The DroneU official study guide is a great way to start if you’re looking for additional study materials.
You will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the exam. Given that it’s only 40 questions long, this should be more than enough time. Remember, you will not be permitted to bring your cell phone or reach into your pockets.
If you were expecting a new or updated physical remote pilot certificate, then you’ll be surprised to know that you will not receive any documentation from the FAA other than your test results. Your recency will now be on file, and you’re free to continue flying under Part 107 as a commercial UAS operator.
Michael C. Jones is the founder and chief pilot of California Aerial Media based in San Diego, California. In addition to hundreds of hours of UAS flight time, he has over 20 hours logged in single-engine manned aircraft. He is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara who enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
Questions? E-mail Michael: [email protected]
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