The Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test for UAS operators is a mandatory test for anyone looking to fly drones commercially. Pass the test, and you’ll get a license, which allows you to operate under the standards set under Part 107. But to pass, you’ll almost certainly want to enroll in some sort of Part 107 UAS training course
The test was first made available in August 2016, and it’s not easy to pass if you don’t have a pre-existing knowledge of aviation: unless of course you take a study course.
Some options include:
- Drone Pilot Ground School offers a fantastic online training course with practice tests and repeatable videos. This is what I used to study for my test — and I passed on my first time — so I can guarantee it’s a good program! Use coupon code DroneGirl50 to get $50 off.
- Drone Launch Academy offers another great online training course led by FAA-certified Advanced Ground Instructor David Young. Use coupon code DroneGirl50 or this link to get $50 off.
- UAV Ground School is Gold Seal’s online Part 107 course. Sign up for free and take the first three lessons without charge. The course offers unlimited quizzes from a database of 400 practice questions and includes Flash Cards for additional practice. It’s normally $199, but use promo code DRONEGIRL to save $25 and take that price down to just $174.
- John Peltier’s FAA Part 107 online training course is taught by a former Air Force pilot and instructor with more than 15 years of teaching experience. He’s one of the best manned aircraft instructors out there, so it makes sense to want to take his digital course on drones.
And then there’s a free and instant option, which comes from the FAA itself. The FAA released its Part 107 UAS online training course, which anyone can register and take for free. The course is designed for part 61 pilot certificate holders who have a current flight review (in accordance with 14 CFR part 61.56) and wish to obtain a part 107 remote pilot certificate with an sUAS rating. But, anyone without a pilot’s license can take the training course.
“Applicants for a part 107 remote pilot certificate who do not hold a part 61 pilot certificate (or part 61 pilot certificate holders without a current flight review) may incorporate this training into their self-study curriculum to help prepare for the FAA Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) Knowledge Test,” according to the test page.
**To be clear, that means this is a training course for people who already hold a Part 61 Pilot’s certificate. If you don’t have a pilot’s license, this is simply a wonderful, free training course to supplement your test studying.**
Access the FAA’s free online training course here. It’s a 2-hour mix of both reading and videos.
So what can you expect the test to be like? What will it cost? What are the questions like? Check out my earlier post “FAA Part 107 UAS Aeronautical Knowledge Test: everything you need to know (except the answers)” here.