Before flying your drone and collecting data on your worksite, you must get your Part 107 license.
As of January 13, 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) updated the process for obtaining the necessary certification to fly a small drone for commercial operations.
This process can be confusing, so we will review what you need to know to get your certification under Part 107 regulations.
What is Part 107?
Part 107 of FAA regulations covers a broad spectrum of commercial and government uses for drones that weigh less than 55 lbs (25kg).
Do not fly your drone unless you have the proper FAA certification—a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating.
Step 1: Learn the rules
Download our free FAA Part 107 study guide, and you can also refer to the summary of Part 107 rules published by the FAA. If you need more training, we partner with Drone Pilot Ground School and offer a discount on their test prep and training course.
There are also many other online resources you can use as study material.
Step 2: Receive your certification
1. All applicants must establish an FAA Tracking Number (FTN) within IACRA before taking the knowledge test.
Select Applicant as your role.
Enter your personal information and click Register.
2. Schedule an appointment for the test (Unmanned Aircraft General - Small). You will need the FTN from your IACRA registration.
3. Once you pass the knowledge test, complete FAA Form 8710-13 using the IACRA system.
4. You will receive a temporary certificate via email, and your permanent certificate will come in the mail later.
Keep your certificate available with you whenever you fly your drone. If you have any questions about this process, please contact AirmanKnowledgeTesting@faa.gov.
Step 3: Register your drone with the FAA
Drones must be registered with the FAA through FAADroneZone before you fly.
If your company's drone is already registered with the FAA, all you need to do is join your company's FAADroneZone account.
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