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’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

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

 

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. 52 pages.
https://www.faa.gov/documentlibrary/media/advisory_circular/ac_107-2.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

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

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. Obtain an FAA Tracking Number (FTN) by creating an Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) profile prior to registering for a knowledge test.

  2. Sign-up to take the exam at a testing center near you at: 
    https://faa.psiexams.com/faa/login

  3. After you pass the exam, go to https://iacra.faa.gov and complete FAA Form 8710-13 (FAA Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application) for a remote pilot certificate. Write down your registration number, because retrieving it later is a hassle. Your card will be mailed to you.

 

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 Decoder
https://www.skystef.be/metar-decoder.htm

 

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