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Preparing for the Part 107 Exam

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Summary

To legally fly a drone for non-recreational purposes, FAA regulations require you to get a Remote Pilot License with a sUAS Rating, also known as a Part 107 License. The primary requirement for getting your Part 107 license is passing a written test. Doing well on the exam does require preparation, but it is not difficult to find study resources.

 

Basic Info About the Exam

The exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions, with three options (A, B, and C) per question.

Each question is independent of other questions; therefore, a correct response to one does not depend upon, or influence, correct responses on other questions.

Some questions may require visual references, like airspace maps or charts. A booklet with all the required charts and tables will be provided (see Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement below).

The minimum passing score  is 70% (42 correct answers).

You’re allowed two hours to complete the exam (plenty of time).

 

Online Study Resources

Summary of the Part 107 Rules
https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/Part_107_Summary.pdf

 

FAA Study Materials from 3DR
https://3dr.com/faa/

 

3DR Webinar on Part 107
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zygbga-E_zk&t=651s  

 

FAA’s 'Becoming a Pilot'
https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/fly_for_work_business/becoming_a_pilot/  

 

FAA’s 'Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) FAQs
https://www.faa.gov/uas/faqs/

 

Free Part 107 Test Study Guide from Rupprecht Law
https://jrupprechtlaw.com/part-107-test-study-guide

 

Study Guide with Companion Videos
https://northrup.photo/free-faa-part-107-suas-drone-certification-study-guide/

 

Mastering the Aeronautical Chart Video Series (by America View)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEHyYp32cIJH3E-4mPIbg6DxUCVxHnixs

 

Study Prep Podcast with Test Questions
https://commercialdrones.fm/podcast/faa-part-107-test-study-guide-test-prep-drone-pilots/

 

Study Checklist
http://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Study-Guide-Checklist_DPGS.pdf

 

Study Guides and Books

Remote Pilot Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Guide (FAA-G-8082-22). FAA, 2016
Official study guide from the FAA. Summarizes important facts of the regulations with links to more in-depth documents. 87 pages.
https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/media/remote_pilot_study_guide.pdf

 

FAA Advisory Circular 107-2
Easiest to read summary of new regulations. 53 pages.
https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/AC_107-2_AFS-1_Signed.pdf

 

Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, and Private Pilot (FAA-CT-8080-2G)
This FAA test supplement contains the actual charts and tables you’ll be given at the testing center to answer exam questions.
https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/supplements/media/sport_rec_private_akts.pdf 
Also available in hard copy from online sellers.

 

Remote Pilot Test Prep - UAS. ASA Test Prep Board
Study guide from ASA, ~$15
http://www.asa2fly.com/Remote-Pilot-Test-Prep-C738.aspx

 

Practice Exams

Practice test from 3DR
https://3dr.com/faa/drone-practice-tests/

 

5 Most-Missed Questions
http://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/missed-part-107-test-prep-questions/  

 

Prepware Remote Pilot App ($5)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.asa2fly.prepware.remote&hl=en
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/prepware-remote-pilot/id1135991142?mt=8

 

Courses

Palomar College, GEOG 158 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Procedures and Regulations (online)
http://www.curricunet.com/palomar/reports/course_outline_html.cfm?courses_id=29018 

 

UC Merced Extension, Introduction to Drone/UAS/UAV Safety
http://extension.ucmerced.edu/personal-enrichment

 

Drone Pilot Ground School (online course)
http://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/
$300, access to materials for 5 years

 

Other
Part 107 classes may also be offered through learning sites such as Udemy. Private classes are sometimes advertised on Meetups.

 

Taking the Exam

  1. Identify the testing center where you want to take the test:
    https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/media/test_centers.pdf

  2. If your preferred testing center ID starts with “LAS”, call PSI / LaserGrade Computer Testing service (1-800-211-2753) to schedule the exam. Otherwise call CATS (Computer Assisted Testing Service, 1-800-947-4228) to schedule your exam.  They will ask for a credit card number for the $150 fee. It may take up to 3+ days for them to process your request. Confirming your appointment with the testing center is optional.

  3. After the exam, apply for your Remote Pilot License by creating an account on IACRA (https://iacra.faa.gov). IACRA is the web-based certification/rating application. Write down your registration number, because retrieving it later is a hassle.

 

Navigation / Sectional Charts

Sectional Charts – useful for flight planning
https://skyvector.com/

 

Sectional Charts – better quality map images
http://vfrmap.com

 

Weather

METAR Explained
http://www.moratech.com/aviation/metaf-abbrev.html

 

METAR Automatic Decoder
http://heras-gilsanz.com/manuel/METAR-Decoder.html

 

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