How to Become a Commercial Drone Pilot

Learn How to Obtain your Commercial Drone Pilot Certificate

So, you’ve bought a new DJI Phantom 4 Pro or Inspire 2 drone and you want to become a commercial drone pilot, but you don’t know what’s required to do so or where to begin.

Well it starts by reading up on the FAA’s 14 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Part 107 regulations.  Part 107 establishes the rules and regulations for flying a drone for commercial purposes. It also explains the process for obtaining what is called a sUAS (small Unmanned Aircraft System) Remote Pilot certificate, a.k.a. commercial drone pilot license.

In the video below I explain what 14 CFR Part 107 is and is not about, and what it prescribes as the steps for obtaining a commercial drone pilot certificate. In particular, I discuss the FAA Part 107 remote pilot certificate process and what material is required to learn and pass the FAA Part 107 Knowledge test.

I also explain what are the 14 CFR Part 107 requirements for becoming a commercial drone pilot including:

  • What material will be on the required Part 107 knowledge test
  • The knowledge test format (Multiple choice)
  • What you need to get for a score to pass the Part 107 knowledge test (70%)
  • How much the Part 107 knowledge test costs to take (Approx. $150)
  • Where you can take the Part 107 knowledge test (Approved FAA testing centers)
  • How often you need to retake the Part 107 knowledge test (Every two years, but that may be changing – hopefully!)

So, check out this video and then start studying. In a couple of weeks you should be ready to take the Part 107 knowledge test and pass it, and be on your way to becoming a commercial drone pilot.