The FAA is distributing information about how to become certified to pilot drones commercially. (Source: FAA)
(RNN) – Drone operators who want to fly the small unmanned aircraft for pay should mark their calendars for August 29, the first date they can take the FAA aeronautical knowledge test that commercial pilots are required to pass.
The Federal Aviation Administration is calling attention to information about how to become certified as a pilot to use drones commercially.
A new rule, known as Part 107, sets up requirements for a person to pilot for commercial use an aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds.
A commercial drone operator must pass a written, in-person aeronautical knowledge test unless the person already has a specific kind of pilot certificate. In the latter case, the aspiring commercial drone operator can skip the in-person, written test and take an online course.
Before receiving a certificate to fly a drone commercially, a person must pass a Transportation Security Administration security background check.