The initial exam that you take to become Part 107 certified is the Unmanned Aircraft – General exam, which is taken in-person at a PSI testing center.
The FAA test has 60 multiple-choice questions. You have 2 hours to take the test, and you must get a 70% or higher to pass. There are 120+ concepts in the UAS Airman Certification Standards.
Here are some of the key topics you’ll be tested on:
- Drone Laws & FAA Regulations
- National Airspace System (NAS)
- Reading Sectional Charts
- Airport Operations
- Weather & Micrometeorology
- sUAS Loading and Performance
- Emergency Procedures
- Crew Resource Management
- Radio Communication Procedures
- Physiological Effects of Drugs & Alcohol
- Aeronautical Decision-Making
Our Drone Pilot Ground School online test prep course covers all 120+ concepts that may appear on the Part 107 test.
Once you already have your FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate, you’ll have to maintain currency by renewing your certificate every 24 months — this is done through a free FAA online recurrent training course.
- The online training is free and takes about 2 hours
- At the end of the training, you’re given 90 minutes to pass a 45-question exam that the FAA calls an “end-of-training knowledge check.”
- You can take the exam as many times as you’d like, but you need to score a 100% within one 90-minute sitting to get a Certificate of Completion
Read this post for more information when it comes to registering and taking the recurrent training, but it’s a relatively straightforward process for drone pilots.