Own A Drone? You May Need An FAA Drone Pilot Certificate

Posted by HardOCP News 10:59 AM (CDT)

Friday August 26, 2016

After looking at the new rules and requirements for drone operators, something tells me there are going to be a lot of "illegal" drone operators out there.

The new rules do require a commercial operator to get a Remote Pilot Certificate with a Small Unmanned Aircraft Rating آ— licensed, current pilots have to pass a simple online test; non-pilots have to pass an aeronautical knowledge test which includes the ability to read aeronautical charts, understand and decipher aviation weather reports, in addition to learning the new operational drone rules. It costs approximately $150 to take the test. After taking the test, would-be drone pilots need to be vetted by TSA to determine whether they are a security risk. Only after that vetting is done will the FAA issue an applicant a certificate to fly a drone.