Passing the FAA Remote Pilot Certification Test

The FAA’s long awaited new Remote Pilot Certification exam for commercial operation of unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones” is now a reality, and training courses are suddenly popping up everywhere. Instructor Tim Trott has recently joined and has created a two hour video training study guide for the new license test that is both efficient and reasonably priced. I about two hours, the video lessons cover all twelve of the key requirements spelled out in Part 107.73 and the FAA’s Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for the (UAG) exam.

This new ULearning online video course takes the beginner through the basics and provides a background for the student to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of aeronautics. To be sure, an amount of “homework” is necessary to adequately proper for the test, but the materials necessary for study are included in the downloads for each lesson.  The FAA suggests that it can take up to 20 hours to prepare for the exam. This two hour online video course should help to cut that preparation time in half. The proof comes in the fact that Tim’s students report an average grade of 88% on the test, well above the 70% necessary for passing. Tim’s e-Book, UAS Operations, (currently #15 in its category) which was the basis/genesis for this course, is another helpful reference source. He also authored another e-Book, Droner’s Guide which outlines the fundamentals of drone flying. His @DronersGuide Twitter account now has over 1,365 followers.

Tim Trott is a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) certified instructor (#329775) and has passed the new FAA exam for Remote Pilot Certification along with the FAA’s Fundamentals of Instruction, and has also passed the FAA sport pilot ground school exam as a student pilot. In addition, he holds a Section 333 Exemption (#11636) and is a member of Flight Instructors of North America (FSANA) as well as AUVSI, AMA and AOPA.

The FAA openly acknowledges that as many as 85% of commercial drone operations granted an exemption under section #333 do not have the requisite licensed pilot credentials, which created a false security for the general public seeking to hire them for their professional services. Tim’s view has been that when the bar is set too high, people will simply walk under it. This is certainly been the case with section #333 exemptions, and the wide acceptance of the new Remote Pilot Certification by drone pilots bears out the wisdom of implementing the FAA’s new Remote Pilot Certification license. Knowledge is the foundation of Safety and the first of the three pieces of the puzzle for safe UAV operation. The second part is Risk Management, which is based on that knowledge. The remaining piece is skill, which can only be obtained through hands-on experience. It is estimated that gaining enough experience to safely operate a “drone” requires at least 20 hours in the air, which can best be obtained with membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautics and participation in activities at one of the 2317 local clubs. That’s particularly good advice, in view of the recent pattern of municipalities banning drones from public parks and other popular flying areas.  Drones are also officially banned from National Parks and near certain major sports events (PS: That’s the answer to a test question).