Got opinions on how the Federal Aviation Administration recreational flyer knowledge and safety test should be administered? The FAA will soon roll out a mandatory hobby drone pilot test for everyone looking to fly drones recreationally.
And the FAA is looking for drone and tech industry players to help out with that test, weighing in on how it should be administered. The FAA just posted a request for information (RFI) where you can submit your suggestions.
“While the FAA develops the training and test content, we’re seeking your help to ensure it is administered in an effective way,” the FAA said in a prepared statement. “We are looking for input from both private and public sectors on how to make the test easily accessible to drone users.”
Up until the new test goes into effect, passing a test has only been a requirement for commercial drone operators (people flying drones for money). Commonly called the Part 107 drone license test, all commercial operators must pass a written test, as required under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107. That test is a series of 60 multiple choice questions with a single correct response for each one, and it can be taken at one of the 696 testing centers in the United States (find your local testing center here). One more sting: most test centers charge a fee of $150 to take the test.
In May, the FAA announced that hobby operators would also have to pass a test as part of a Congressional mandate. It’s unclear if there will be a fee to take the hobby test, how long it will take or what types of questions will be asked. Though, the FAA has implied that it would be conducted online (rather that in-person, like the commercial operator’s test.
“We love that the drone community is growing so quickly, and because drones can be flown straight out-of-the box, we need to make sure that drone pilots only take flight once they know the FAA’s aviation rules and safety practices,” the FAA said in a statement.
As of now, though, recreational drone flyers are free to fly without any sort of license, and without needing to pass any sort of hobby drone pilot test Though, you still need to register your drone.
Of course, I recommend that everyone just pass the commercial test. The knowledge you gain from studying for it is tremendous, and . you get a cool license to prove your credibility once you pass! Check out this guide running through everything you need to know when taking the Part 107 test, or read through my personal account of taking the test!
Anyone can submit an RFI to the FAA, which will be accepting submissions between now and Sept. 12, 2019.