Part 107 tests for commercial drone operators became available for the public to take this week. So what is the FAA Part 107 test actually like?
I have yet to take the test myself (as I still have some studying to do), but I called my friend Abby Speicher, who also happens to be the CEO and co-founder of DARTdrones, a drone training company that provides both in-person and online training for the Part 107 test.
Editor’s note: While Ms. Speicher is the CEO of FAA training course DARTdrones, this is not a sponsored post and this post is not intended to specifically promote or endorse DARTdrones. There are dozens of Part 107 training courses, a few of which are listed here. However, DARTdrones is offering a promo code to readers (noted at the end of this post).
Here’s her account of what to expect on the FAA Part 107 test:
Drone Girl: Let’s start by you walking us through what happened when you go there.
Abby Speicher: I went to a local airport, Hanscom Field in Massachusetts, which I had never been to before. I expected it to be a strict testing center. It was cool to see the private jets, and everyone at the test center was really nice. I got there at 8 a.m. on Monday, which was interesting because they said the FAA hadn’t sent them any test materials until just then (when the tests were made available) because it was so secretive.
DG: How many other people were there testing?
AS: No one else was there. They had 5 pilots testing on Monday and 30 all week. They were surprised it was that many!
DG: What was the test process like?
AS: You sign something and your driver’s license signature needs to match. Then you go to the computers. They leave you alone with the FAA testing supplement where they pull all the figures from.
You also get a pen and paper while testing, which I didn’t use, and you can bring a calculator, which I think I just used once.
You have two hours, but I was there for an hour and 10 minutes. You immediately get to see your grade and which questions you got wrong.
DG: And I hear you passed! Congrats! What were the questions like? Continue reading What the FAA Part 107 test is actually like (from a drone pilot who passed)