In this article, I am going to talk about, how to get a drone license. Every country has its own rules and regulation for airspace. In this article, I am going to focus on requirements for drone pilots in the U.S.
When Do I Need A Drone License ?
When you are using your Drone for commercial purposes.
You do not require a drone license to fly a drone for recreational use. However, you still need to register your drone with FAA if it weighs more than 0.55 pounds.
Alright, Lets talk about the steps you need to take to get your FAA part 107 drone commercial license.
Steps to get Drone License
- Drone Pilots should be at least 16 years old.
- Pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test.
- Apply for and obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate.
- Pass a background check by the Transportation Security Administration.
Cost to get a Drone License
The testing fee is a flat $150, paid directly to the testing center where you schedule your test. Once you pass the test, there is no additional fee to get your actual certificate.
The other costs to operate as a commercial drone pilot are fairly minimal. There is a $5 registration fee for your drone. Registration is a mandatory requirement for commercial drone operators.
Also, keep in mind that there are other costs involved if you plan to start a business. You may need to establish a limited liability company (LLC), which can cost $150-$200. Plus, you’ll need to be insured for your own good and self-preservation.
How to prepare for Aeronautical Knowledge Test
You can use the FAA’s free online study materials to prepare for the test. This is an ideal option for those looking to save money or for those with an aviation background.
However, if you do not have an aviation background there are a lot of private institution who are providing courses to pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test.
How long does it take to get a Drone License
Once you’ve taken the Aeronautical Knowledge Test(FAA Part 107), the FAA anticipates that it will take six to eight weeks to issue a permanent remote pilot certificate via mail.
But do not get disappointed, you can get a temporary remote pilot certificate in about 10 business days. The temporary Remote Drone Pilot Certificate will allow the certificate holder to exercise all the privileges of the certificate, thus significantly reducing the waiting period prior to being able to operate as a remote pilot in command under FAA part 107.
Ready ? Get , Set Fly!!!
Congratulation! Now that you are all set to get your FAA Drone License and become a drone pilot.I hope that you should have all the information you need to pursue a Part 107 remote pilot certificate for a commercial drone license. You can study independently by downloading the course material from the FAA Website. However, if you are an aviation novice, I suggest opting for a training curriculum and support network so you can understand the information rather than merely regurgitate the information at testing time.
With more power comes more responsibility. So Fly responsibly. Happy Flying !!