14 CFR Part 107 Subpart C establishes a new Pilot Certificate. Effective 29 August 2016 in order to operate a Small UAS that is not for recreational/Hobby use, the Pilot in Command must possess a Remote Pilot Certificate with a small UAS Rating. To obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate with a small UAS Rating:


Persons with an existing Pilot License:

  1. Complete Online Training Course
  2. Apply for Remote Pilot Certificate
  3. Take Recurrent Training every 24 Months


Persons without an existing Pilot Certificate

  1. Apply for Remote Pilot Certificate
  2. Be vetted by the TSA
  3. Take Recurrent Test every 24 Months


The initial aeronautical knowledge test covers the following areas of knowledge:

  1. Applicable regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft system rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation;
  2. Airspace classification, operating requirements, and flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation;
  3. Aviation weather sources and effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance;
  4. Small unmanned aircraft loading;
  5. Emergency procedures;
  6. Crew resource management;
  7. Radio communication procedures;
  8. Determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft;
  9. Physiological effects of drugs and alcohol;
  10. Aeronautical decision-making and judgment;
  11. Airport operations; and
  12. Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures.

Remote Pilot Certificate with Small UAS Rating

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