Drones are growing so fast! The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) August 29, 2016 mini-drone regulation came into effect. Subject to this regulation, as of today, more than 100,000 enthusiasts have obtained Remote Pilot Certificate (UAV Drone Pilot Certificate) to fly a drone for commercial and recreational purposes (other than ‘model aircraft’).

Under FAA Part 107, the person conducting an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight operation – must officially hold or be directly supervised by an ‘unmanned aircraft system’ (UAS) Remote Pilot Certificate.

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The majority of drone pilots are certified by reviewing online materials (PDF) and then passing a knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center. With hard work, the exam can be passed. The success rate in the exams held so far has been 92 percent.

If you currently hold a Part 61 pilot certificate and have completed a flight review in the previous 24 months, you have the option of taking an FAA-provided HHS online training course to earn your certification.

The Remote Pilot Certificate is valid for two years from the date of issue.