Passing the FAA Part 107 Exam

Passing the FAA Part 107 Exam

I have been flying drones for the past couple of years but until today I could not claim to do so legally for hire. Thanks to the FAA having integrated drones into the National Airspace System, they have come up with a framework for legalizing what so many people have been doing for several years – finding ways to use their drones to create content that creates value, value that can be exchanged between individuals and companies.

The method for obtaining this license from the FAA is a practical knowledge test consisting of 60 questions. These questions range from airspace rules, sectional map knowledge, aerodynamics, and the rules and regulations that have been set forth by the FAA.  Studying for this exam is similar to regular pilot training ground school, but that is something that a person not familiar with these things may find hard to digest.

Jason Shappert, of M-Zero-A fame, is a flight instructor in Florida that has taken his flight training to a whole new level by going on-line to offer e-products to help people learn how to master the tests they need to pass to receive their pilot certificates and to make them better and safer pilots – as he says: ‘A good pilot is always learning’. I have been watching the content Jason has been producing and was always impressed with it. He speaks concisely and clearly and is obviously an excellent communicator. Finally, when it was time for me to finally take the Part 107 certificate written exam, I chose to learn from Jason, purchasing his RemotePilot101 program. I took the test today, May 6th, and managed to get a score of 93%!  On my first time, too!  I suggest that if you are considering getting a Part 107 Certificate, you have to check out his program for yourself here: RemotePilot101.com .  Full disclosure: I paid for my RemotePilot101 course on my own but when I saw how effective it was, I wanted to share it with others who may be helped by it. By following the links on this page and purchasing the program, I will receive a commission, but I would not recommend a product unless I personally tried it and saw benefit. I highly recommend you check it out for yourself!

Side note:  First lesson in flying the DJI Mavic Pro:

My VLOG on passing the Part 107 exam:

The FAA has made available an on-line method of obtaining waivers for operation in situations that are specifically forbidden under FAR part 107.  This includes rules such as nighttime operations, ops over people, and ops in non-Class-G airspace. This last point, covered under FAR 107.41, is most relevant if you operate in an urban environment that is the usual patchwork of Class B, C, and D airspace.   Here are some sample sectional chart examples of LA and NY airspace. NY is the place where Casey Neistat, the famous vlogger, got in trouble with the FAA for his exquisite aerial imagery captured in NYC.  (Good work on the VLOGs, Casey!)

This is the New York City airspace – note the HUGE class Bravo that covers most of the spots that are interesting to shoot.

LA is not quite that bad, as we have one Class Bravo airport – LAX – with a fairly limited approach and departure lane, East-West.  That leaves most of the city open to operation. Ironically, the most intrusive airspace is the Class Delta around KSMO (Santa Monica Municipal Airport) This is my local favorite airport and the place where I am learning to fly. Sights such as the Santa Monica Pier are smack dab in the middle of this Class Delta!

Here is the link to the on-line form where you can request a waiver to operate: https://www.faa.gov/uas/request_waiver/

passed my part 107 exam

True to RemotePilot101.com ‘s promise, I passed the Part 107 written test with a score of 93% on the first try. The test is not hard if you study with Jason’s materials, and I can state confidently that I’m a better and more aware pilot as a result of going through their program!

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