study for Part 107

How to study for Part 107: training courses for FAA’s aeronautical knowledge test

So you want to fly a drone as part of your business? You need to pass a written test, called the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test for remote pilots (referred to by many as the Part 107 test).

Anyone wanting to operate a drone commercially without an existing manned pilot’s license will need to pass an in-person written exam. (People with an existing Part 61 manned pilot’s license do not need to take the written exam. They simply need to complete an online course). And unless you already have significant airspace knowledge, the test isn’t going to be easy without having done some work in studying (and possibly taking a full informational course).

So how are you studying? A good friend of mine told me, “I’m going to just study the night before — college style.” Wait, what?! No! Don’t do that!

It’s important that you know the information not to simply pass, but to really know the airspace so you can be a safe pilot. If you’re like me and struggle to absorb information simply by reading, and prefer to take a course — in-person or online — then here’s how I recommend you study for the Part 107 test.

 study for part 107 Drone Pilot Ground School FAA Drone Certification Test Prep UAV CoachDrone Pilot Ground School:

This is an online test prep course for commercial drone pilots, led by Alan Perlman.

At the end of each lecture you’ll get a 10-question practice quiz, plus a 25 question quiz at the end of each module AND 5 full-length practice tests.

The course has a clean, simple interface — I’ve been watching it on my subway rides to work and while on the stair-master at the gym!

Time needed to complete: 10-15 hours

Cost: $299

Drone Launch Academy:

This online, self-paced course is taught by instructors with more than 75 years of combined experience in aviation. The course comes with 1 year of unlimited access.

Time needed to complete: 10-15 hours

Cost: $199

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DARTdrones In-Person UAS Ground School:

I find I learn the best when I’m in-person with the instructor. DARTdrones has created an incredible option for learning in-person with a full day course taught by their expert flight instructors.

The course is offered in more than 25 cities around the U.S. and comes with access to an online course, downloadable study guide and online quizzes. It’s an all-day course intended to help you pass the FAA Airman Knowledge Test.

The full-day course (which includes online access!) costs $670. USE DARTDrones Coupon Code “dronegirl10” to save 10% off your purchase (making that $670 fee just $603).

Time needed to complete: 1 day

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The UAV Ground School program uses FAA-compliant materials that are presented in an online interactive multimedia format allowing students to learn at their own pace. UAV Ground School is produced in partnership with the nation’s pilot education leader Gold Seal who has prepared over 45,000 private pilots for their FAA knowledge test.

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The program is unique in that it has a “Flash Card” function. It also has an infinite number of full practice tests pulled from the full database of over 400 questions. It also allows users to print PDFs of any quiz, either with all the questions (and corrected answers), or filtered just to show the questions missed.

Cost: $199, or $174 with coupon code DRONEGIRL.

static1.squarespaceCommercialDrones.FM podcast: 

While I’ll admit this is not a complete form of studying for the test, episode 006 of CommercialDrones.FM podcast by Ian Smith is a complete review of the 35 question online test for Part 61 certificated pilots.

In this episode, Ian provides the questions, pauses so you get a chance to ponder your answer, then gives the answer as well as explanations of why it is correct and why the others are incorrect. It’s fun, engaging and highly informative.

Definitely give this a listen on your commute to work. (And while you’re at it, listen to episode 008 in which I get to guest-star on the show!)  It has turned out to be one of the most effective forms of learning for me.

Time needed to complete: About 40 minutes

Cost: Free

faa part 107 online courseFAA’s online training course for Part 61 certificated pilots

Drone operators with an existing pilot’s license (Part 61) will not need to take the in-person test. Instead, they need to complete an online course.

That online course is free and publicly available online to anyone who doesn’t have a manned pilot’s license already, which means people without a pilot’s license but wanting to be a commercial drone operator can use it as a self-study resource for the written test.

Keep in mind that since this is geared toward existing manned pilot’s license holders, this may not cover everything you need to know to pass the test. That being said, other documents worth reading from the FAA are the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PDF), the FAA’s online sample questions (PDF),  and the Part 107 Advisory Circular (PDF).

Time needed to complete: 2 hours

Cost: Free

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FAA Official Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

While the test will include a mix of both drone-specific and general manned aircraft questions, some readers have also pointed out that the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, which is the official FAA handbook, is a good place to learn more general airspace knowledge. You can pick up your own copy here.

Cost: $18.95 paperback or $5.99 Kindle or download online from the FAA’s site for FREE (but beware, it’s 524 pages to download).

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  • Ted Morgan says:

    Gowdy Brothers Aerospace has an online course walking thru all the parts needed to study for the test. $150 online. Some good overview parts and some parts just cut and pasted off the FAA web site. But a good start, well organized and the cheapest I have seen.

  • Steve Goldman says:

    Nice list, thanks!

    There’s also the Prepware Remote Pilot phone app for $5. They have many different FAA test prep apps. I haven’t used it so don’t know how effective it is.

  • J Geibel says:

    The online course for Part 61 certificated pilots has a required test – it is necessary to get a grade of 100% to get the completion certificate to apply for Remote Pilot Certificate. I recently passed it.
    The non-pilot test will be administered through FAA test centers (about 500 nationally) at $150 a pop. I’m not sure what the minimum score is (usually 70% for FAA tests) but typically if you don’t pass – you pay the same amount to retest later.
    According to FAA statistics (2013) the pass rate for knowledge tests for the Private Pilot, Sport Pilot categories (the most basic) is about 85%
    Should be interesting to see what the pass rates are for the drone (Remote Pilot Certificate) test will be.

  • Michael J. says:

    Thank you for putting this all together. I actually purchased the DART Drones UAV ground school for 250 dollars and have been very pleased so far. I will be flying for precision ag stuff for my university and am preregistered on CATS for August 29th!

  • Alec says:

    Certified Training Institute offers several online courses. Their instructor was involved writing in the part 107 rules. I took the exam prep course and am waiting to take the FAA test.

  • Chris R says:

    Don’t forget about the UA part of the exam, based on the CFR Title 14, the eCFR link is:

    Took a few practice tests already, many of the same questions exist, but there appears to be a solid mixture of UA ops/risk mgmt, chart feature idents, weather, and aircraft performance. Know your charts! Good luck everyone!

  • Very will organized, great job. I have a question, I have a commercial pilots license but am not current nor have I flown in the last 5 years. Will I have to start from the beginning in order to get my Remote Pilot Certificate?

  • Rudy Shackleford says:

    Question: As you know a pilots license doesn’t expire in the same way a drivers license does. Take your biennials and medicals…

    I have a Private Pilot certificate but my medical and biennial are expired by many years. Do I need to start over on the Part 107 test as though I never had a pilots license?

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