The Part 107 exam availability is about a week away — and it’s not going to be an easy test for people unfamiliar with aeronautics.
If you’re like me and have trouble committing to — and understand — a book, then reading the FAA’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge may not be enough. There are a number of online and in-person training courses to help you learn what you need to know
I tried out MzeroA’s Remote Pilot 101 course, which consist of more than three hours of training videos, as well as 9 practice quizzes to cap the end of each section and one final exam at the end.
The course is put together by Jason Schappert. Schappert is a pilot, author of 8 aviation flight training books and flight instructor. MzeroA offers variety of manned flight training courses, though this is the company’s first foray into drone training.
The course is broken up into nine sections: rules & regulations, airspace, UAS weather and weather sources, UAS loading and performance, crew resource management, airport/field operations, radio communications, emergency procedures and preflight & maintenance.
It’s the topics that crossover into manned aircraft operations, like radio communications and airport/field operations that Schappert’s expertise really shines through.
I like how Jason discusses both the real world applicability of some of these topics as well as what you need to know to pass the test. This is one of the most important factors about Part 107 training for me. While of course we all want to pass, it’s important that we really understand why answers are right or wrong.
The course is an online website accessible via your individual login. The site is extremely easy to use. One featured I liked was the ability to “Mark Complete” each video. There were some videos that I watched, but since I was multi-tasking and cooking dinner or got distracted by Facebook, I didn’t give that lesson the full attention it deserved. I opted to not mark those lessons complete so I would give them a second listen.
I also like how in some of the videos, Schappert goes through practice questions on screen. He reads the question, then typically eliminates one, talking through why that answer is incorrect. Then he gives you the correct answer and explains why — aiding my understanding of why something is correct rather than just knowing what to mark correctly on the test.
The online course is $149 and comes with lifetime access.
Considering the fee to take the test is $150, I find it worth it to pay for a training course where I’ve had access to at lease one practice test to ensure I don’t need to retake the FAA’s $150 test.
Good luck, and happy flying!
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