How to become a professional/commercial/Part 107 Drone Pilot

The topic of becoming a professional drone pilot can be confusing. There are so many elements to it that it just becomes overwhelming.

We’ve simplified what you need to know below but if you want a more in-depth read, check out our article.

#1: To make money with drones in any capacity, you must become an FAA Certified Drone Pilot and operate under Part 107.

*Because Recreational Pilots cannot fly for any reimbursement or commercial gain, they only need to complete a free course on Drone TRUST, called FAA TRUST.

#2: To fly under Part 107, there are three main steps

  1. Learn the rules (do our prep course, which gives you a 100% guarantee you’ll pass the exam the first time)
  2. Pass the Part 107 Knowledge Test and obtain your Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA (there is some paperwork to do- either online at IACRA or print the PDF and post it). Register and label your drone… then you’re ready to make money!
  3. If you already hold a Part 61 pilot’s license for conventional/manned aircraft, you don’t need to do the initial knowledge exam! You can do the FAA’s free ‘differences’ online training here.
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