Ever since the recent adoption of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) in the National Airspace (NAS), many businesses have desired to add this technology to their workflow. Until very recently, the only way to legally operate a commercial sUAS has been to hold a section 333 exemption. These exemptions were difficult to apply for and took a long time to achieve. In June 2016, the FAA announced that it was changing the procedure to get authorization to fly your sUAS commercially.

Beginning August 29, 2016, the FAA requires a 14 CFR Part 107 certification to commercially fly an sUAS. To get this certification, non-pilots must pass a test. The FAA certification test consists of 60 multiple choice questions, and you need to know lots of aeronautical information to pass this test. This class provides access to all the knowledge needed to pass.

This class covers the entire process, from application, to the knowledge portions of the test, and how to apply for and maintain an Airmen’s certification. Through the 2-day sessions, all testing material, aeronautical concepts, and other lessons will allow attendees to gain an understanding of all aspects of safe, effective, and legal sUAS flight.


  • The FAA does not require classes to challenge the test. However, the lessons in this class will make these concepts easier to understand.
  • This class does not guarantee a passing score on the test. However, this course makes available the required materials and concepts to ensure a complete understanding of the test topics.
  • We will not deliver the test; Applicants must visit one of the Knowledge Testing Centers to take the test. For a list of centers, please visit:

This class will be taught by a pilot, who is also an Advanced Ground school instructor.

To be eligible for a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating under this subpart, a person must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Can read, speak, write, and understand the English language. If the applicant is unable to meet one of these requirements due to medical reasons, the FAA may place such operating limitations on that applicant’s certificate as are necessary for the safe operation of the small unmanned aircraft;
  • Not know or have reason to know that he or she has a physical or mental condition that would interfere with the safe operation of a small unmanned aircraft system; and
  • Demonstrate aeronautical knowledge by satisfying one of the following conditions:
    • Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test covering the areas of knowledge specified in § 107.73(a); or
    • If a person holds a pilot certificate (other than a student pilot certificate) issued under part 61 of this chapter and meets the flight review requirements specified in § 61.56, complete an initial training course covering the areas of knowledge specified in § 107.74(a) in a manner acceptable to the Administrator.



  • Who is eligible for a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating?
  • What Will the Test Cover?
  • Issuance of a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating.
  • Where you can take the test?
  • Identification Requirements
  • How much will the test cost?
  • What will the test cover?
  • How will the test be formatted?
  • Registration
  • Procedures
  • Test Tips
  • After you pass the test
    • Submit an online application using IACRA
    • Paper process using FAA Form 8710-13
  • Cheating or other unauthorized conduct
  • Temporary certificate.
  • Change of name or address.
  • Voluntary surrender of certificate.
  • Aeronautical knowledge recency.
  • Recurrent knowledge tests.
  • Self-Study Resources
  • What happens if you fail the test?
  • FAA Handbooks, Manuals, and Other Publications

Summary of Major Provisions Under 14 CFR 107 

  • Aircraft Requirements
  • Pilot Requirement
  • Report an accident
  • Operational Limitations
  • Security Disqualification
  • Recurrent Training Course


  • Applicability
  • Possible small UAS operations
  • Definitions
    • Control station
    • Corrective lenses
    • Unmanned aircraft
    • Small unmanned aircraft
  • Registration of Foreign-Owned and Operated sUAS
  • Operating Environment
  • Remote PIC
  • Person Manipulating the Flight Controls
  • Operation of multiple small unmanned aircraft.
  • Autonomous Operations
  • VLOS Aircraft Operation
  • Regaining Visual Line of Sight
  • Visual Observer (VO)
  • Scanning the Airspace
  • Unaided Vision
  • Operation Over People
  • Protecting Non-Participants
  • Operation from Moving Vehicles or Aircraft
  • Transporting Another Person’s Property
  • Determining Groundspeed
  • Determining Altitude
  • Visibility and Distance from Clouds
  • Careless or Reckless Operation of sUAS
  • Daylight Operations
  • Civil Twilight Operations
  • Privacy and Other Considerations

Operation near Airports and Aircraft

  • Remaining Clear of Other Aircraft
  • Operations near an airport
  • Security Identification Display Areas (SIDA)
  • Towered
  • Untowered
  • Airport Signs
  • Runway Numberings
  • Traffic patterns used by manned aircraft pilots
  • Sources for airport data
  • Aeronautical charts
  • Navigational Aids
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • Obstructions
  • Radio Aids to Navigation
  • Chart Supplements
  • Avoiding bird and wildlife hazards and reporting collisions between aircraft and wildlife

Airspace classification and operating requirements, and flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation

  • Operation Near Airports; in Certain Airspace; in Prohibited or Restricted Areas; or in the Proximity of Certain Areas Designated by a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)
    • General airspace
    • Class B controlled airspace
    • Class C controlled airspace
    • Class D controlled airspace
    • Class E controlled airspace
    • Class G uncontrolled airspace
  • Special-use airspace, such as prohibited, restricted, warning areas, military operation
  • areas, alert areas, and controlled firing areas.
  • NOTAMs

Air Traffic Controller

  • Obtaining Airspace Authorizations
  • Recurring or Long-Term Operations
  • FSS

Radio communication procedures

  • When will you talk on the Radio
  • Radio Technique
  • Examples
  • Phraseology: altitudes, directions, speed, and time.
  • Lost Communication Procedures
  • The phonetic alphabet.

Radio Frequency Spectrum

  • Frequency Spectrum
  • Frequency spectrum (RF) Basics
  • Line of Sight and Frequency Obstructions
  • Spectrum Authorization

Aviation weather sources and effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance

  • Basic weather minimums.
  • Types of weather Briefings
  • METARs
  • Effect of weather on performance
  • Wind
  • Atmospheric Stability
  • Pressure and Temperature
  • Air Masses
  • Fronts
  • Thunderstorms
  • Hazards

Loading and Performance

  • Effects of loading changes
  • Balance, stability, and center of gravity
  • Factors that may require a reduction in weight prior to flight
  • Effects of Weight Changes
  • Effects of Load Factor
  • Stalls
  • Carriage of Hazardous Material
  • Carriage of Lithium Batteries
  • Determining Performance: Sources of Performance Data
  • Remote PIC Responsibilities for Determining Performance
  • Determining Performance: Operational Data

Emergency procedures

  • In-flight emergency.
  • Emergency Planning and Communication
  • Common Abnormal and Emergency Situations
  • Lost Link
  • Contingency Planning
  • Flyaways
  • Loss of Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Risk of Battery Fires
  • Careless or Reckless Operation
  • Accident Reporting


  • Medical Condition
  • Hyperventilation
  • Dehydration
  • Heatstroke
  • Hypothermia
  • Fatigue
  • Stress

Medical Condition and Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

  • Drugs and Alcohol

Aeronautical decision-making (ADM) and judgment

  • Hazardous Attitudes and Antidotes
    • Anti-authority: “Don’t tell me.”
    • Impulsivity: “Do it quickly.”
    • Invulnerability: “It won’t happen to me.”
    • Macho: “I can do it.”
    • Resignation: “What’s the use?”

Risk Management

  • Risk Management/Mitigation
  • Risk Assessment Tools
  • Risk and likelihood of an Event
  • Severity of an Event
  • Managing External Pressures
    • Human Factors
    • Aircraft
    • Human Behavior
  • Crew Resource Management (CRM)
  • Task Management
  • The Remote PIC
  • Effective Communication
    • Communication Procedures
    • Communication Methods
    • Checklists
  • Situational Awareness
  • Obstacles
  • Single Pilot Resources

Maintenance and pre-flight inspection procedures

  • Preflight Inspection
  • Prior to Flight
  • Creating an Inspection Program
  • Scalable Preflight Inspection
  • Sample Preflight Inspection Checklist
  • Maintenance
    • Scheduled Maintenance
    • Unscheduled Maintenance
  • Benefits of Recordkeeping


  • Certificate of Waiver
  • Waivable Sections of Part 107
  • FAA Waiver Review Process
  • Applying for a CoW

Assessment (self-evaluation test)