Preparing for your sUAV Certification

Preparing for your sUAV Certification

We have been getting a lot of questions about the sUAV Aeronautical Knowledge Test in recent weeks. If you are considering getting your sUAV certification, we have compiled a small list of what to expect.

  1. Know what the guidelines are regarding the Part 107 ruling. Here is a snapshot of what it covers:

  • You can fly at or below 400 feet
  • You cannot fly over people
  • You must check the air space you plan to fly within
  • The drone must be in your visual line of site
  • You can only fly during daylight hours
  • Manned aircraft’s have the right-of-way

For the rest of the guidelines, please visit the Federal Aviation Administration, where you can find a full breakdown of the rule.

  1. The certification test is a comprehensive exam covering key elements of flying sUAV’s. It is a multiple choice exam that will take roughly 1-2 hours to complete. It consists of 60 multiple choice questions. To obtain certification, you must pass the test with at least a 70%.

The test will cover:

  • The Part 107 ruling, as listed above
  • Airspace classification, operating requirements and flight restrictions
  • Aviation weather sources
  • Effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance
  • Small unmanned aircraft loading
  • Emergency procedures
  • Crew resource management
  • Radio communication procedures
  • Determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft
  • Physiological factors (including drugs and alcohol), affecting pilot performance
  • Aeronautical decision-making and judgment
  • Airport operations
  • Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures

Find a study guide and sample questions here.

The best way to study for the exam is to give each of these outlined areas roughly the same amount of time and attention. We have heard that each testing experience is different, so it is crucial to review all major points. The FAA websites provided serve as great resources of information and study aids. We would also suggest looking into other avenues of for resources to better prepare yourself for the exam.

We hope the information provided helps you get started on your path to being a drone pilot! Feel free to call into the office and talk with Randi about the exam, or if you are interested in purchasing a new drone for your operation.

-Randi Clark

Ag Data Analyst 

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