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Here’s your Part 107 UAS test study guide

The Part 107 Aeronuatical Knowledge Test for UAS operators is expected to be made available in August.

But eager commercial drone operators without a pilot’s license can get a head start on studying now.

Many private companies have also put together training sessions (either in-person, webinars, practice tests, etc). that provide a clear look at exactly what you’ll need to know for the test. Check out my guide on UAS aeronautical knowledge test training courses here.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • DARTdrones has a day-long, in-person training course. Use coupon code dronegirl10 to get 10% all DARTdrone courses site wide!

But a free and instant option 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 online training course here.  It’s a 2-hour mix of both reading and videos.

Below is a screenshot of what one of the first introductory training modules looks like, which focuses on the aircraft itself.part 107 uas training course faa drone

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.

 

Happy studying!

 

29 thoughts on “Here’s your Part 107 UAS test study guide”

  1. Great post, and kudos to the FAA. I’m almost done going through this course myself. Some good education in here.

    One thing you might want to note though, is that because this is positioned to folks who already hold a Part 61 pilot certification, this course is missing key knowledge concepts that the FAA requires drone operators to be tested on.

    Specifically:

    –Airspace classification, operating requirements and flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation
    –Aviation weather sources
    –Radio communication procedures
    –Physiological effects of drugs and alcohol
    –Aeronautical decision-making and judgment
    –Airport operations

    So, while the free course you provided is a GREAT study assistant, it won’t teach you important concepts that’ll be on the test, concepts like how to communicate with air-traffic-control, and how to properly tell the difference between airspace classes.

    Great (free) training option, but shouldn’t be the only source students look to for test preparation assistance.

    1. Hey Alan!

      Thanks for the comment! Yep, as stated, this is just the training course for people who already have that Part 61 Certificate. But, for non-pilots, this is a great free study guide to supplement other knowledge you will need to know!

    2. Great Alan, very important. The online test does not include most of the info a non pilot has to know to pass. I found the test easier than it could have been but you really need to study to get a decent score

      1. Did you take the test Larry? I would like to hear from someone who has taken the test on the difficulty level, i think alot of people are trying to make it seem more difficult to sell their pre test classes.

        1. I took the test today and passed with a 90%! Yahoo. However, I studied my butt off for the past 2 months. I took a prep course…Drone Pilot Ground School, headed up by Alan Perlman. This was a huge help…Alan personally responds to all questions…the guy really cares. So worth it. There really is no substitute for studying all the info you need to know, but knowing that you are studying the right material is the key. There is a lot of material you are expected to know that you will never use with what we are doing, but that’s the way it is. Having a good working knowledge of airspace and what’s going on….weather, how to read sectional charts…that’s all good. There just seems to be overkill on a lot of material that we should just know the basics about. Now I am an official pilot and I have never demonstrated that I can actually fly a drone sUAS competently…another subject altogether,

  2. Do you have additional reccomendations for those without part 61 certifications? I would certainly love guidance beyond what the FAA currently seems to be offering (a link to a page with guides for many different certifications but little information regarding which ones are needed for remote pilots).

      1. Alan, I just visited the UAV Coach website and found that the Drone Pilot Ground School is closed for enrollment. What’s up?

        1. We’re opening in less than two weeks. Having a Certified Flight Instructor review each of our lectures for accuracy and alignment with the FAA. Thanks for your patience! Feel free to contact me outside this comment thread if you have specific questions about what we’re offering.

  3. Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t we have to score a 100% on the 60 question exam? And if you don’t pass, will you have to pay the $150 for a retake, or is that a one time fee? (fingers crossed!)

    1. No, just 70%., or 42/60 questions. And if you don’t pass, you have to pay the $150 again. You also need to wait 14 days before taking the test again.

  4. LOL….I tell ya….I have found a bunch of people trying to offer something that will help you pass the part 107 for non pilots…but they all seem to be hiding something….making sure that you are still left with that feeling of limbo. Will there EVER really be a study guide that while being broad enough to cover changing questions over time…is condensed enough to focus on those of us that really just want to get usable jib shots for Real Estate? …without the ridiculous pricing? …anyone? (cricket sounds)

    1. William…I’ve enrolled in Drone Pilot Ground School…and have been really happy with it. Any questions I’ve had have been answered quickly by Alan Perlman…he has been very helpful. I think he has done a good job of focusing the course on what we really need to be learning.

      I’ve actually enrolled in another course and have been less than pleased…have found errors, the course has included stuff not really included in the exam…modules not available, etc.

      Regardless, there is a ton of content we need to learn…especially for those of us who know next to nothing about all this aeronautical knowledge stuff…I have been studying my butt off…and feel pretty good about being able to pass this exam – taking it on 8/31.

      Yes, I had to spend $250 for Alan’s course…it might be $300 now, but I really think it has been worth it.

      Hope this helps.

      Mike Meyer
      Columbus, Ohio

  5. I took the test today for my first time and passed. The only study material i used was the FAA’s study guide and their video lessons. I should also mention i have no prior aviation experience or licensing. That being said, there were quite a few questions i was completely stuck on. Questions that were definitely not covered in the FAA’s study material. For anyone taking the test, i would recommend spending a good amount of time on learning how to decipher aviation maps, weather conditions, and air traffic protocol. It seemed to me that a majority of the questions were mostly airport related, while only a few related directly to the actual drone. Also according to the proctor all tests are different. There may be 300 questions but the system will pull 60 at random. Good luck to anyone taking it soon!

  6. I am currently using “http://remotepilot101.com/” (Yes…$99)and have found if very useful. I can study on my Windows computer or iPad…no matter where I am. It seems pretty thorough and even has been updated with new information as I have been studying. The guy puts the new information into a new add-on module and walks you through the changes…many of the changes are based on his students feedback on things they had success with or were confused on when they took the test. I considered a classroom probably would work even better due to the immediate exchange with the instructor but have found that with a little extra effort most of what was confusing I could figure out pretty quickly on my own just using the study modules. Remote101 certainly works better for those who are better at self study. I took tons of notes to use as quick reference on topics where I had no prior experience, which are many in aviation! Those notes are proving helpful as reminders. Also you can email a question to Remote101 which they will answer. I have studied the material for about 15 hours so far and plan to finish up in the next two weeks and apply for the testing. I will then mostly use my notes (and the modules) to keep the information fresh in my mind until test time. I am sure there are a number of good instructors out there…just providing feedback on my experience. I have “Very High Praise” for the guy that did it with just an App because I don’t think that would have worked for me!

  7. Future drone pilots. No need to spend $200 to $300 to pass the UAG Exam. There are plenty of low cost and event free online tutorials. In my case, I used a GooglePlay app call UAS107. Used it for 70% (30% FREE YouTube sectional chart videos) of my prep for the exam; and the app only cost me $4. Passed on my 1st try with an 85%. My total cost to pass the exam:

    $4 for UAS107 app
    $150 for the test exam fee
    ———————————–
    $154.00

    Here is the link to the app for anyone interested: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uas107.openrobotix.labs&hl=en

  8. If you’re still unsure how you want to study, visit Gold Seal (www.UAVGroundSchool.com). You can sign up for free and take the first 3 lessons without charge. Plus, you can take a sample exam right from the homepage. The Gold Seal course is developed by FAA certificated flight instructors and has been online with pilot training products for longer than anyone else (since 2006).

  9. Learn the sectional charts well. They will be on your exam. Once you start your operations you will have one important question when looking at the charts, Can I fly here? When you are close to airspace boundaries the charts don’t provide the detail you need. Check out http://RemotePilot.us for the airspace, obstructions and weather information you need for an operation.

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