With the onset of Part 107, the FAA has made a significant change to the training requirements for drone pilots. Prior to the release of Part 107, commercial drone operators had to apply for a 333 exemption and obtain, at a minimum, a Sport Pilots Certification. However, the FAA has now released a new certification for drone operators: Remote Pilot Certificate with a sUAS rating. This training is required to fly drones in the national airspace within the provisions in Part 107 ( read my blog about Part 107 to learn more about this regulation). The Remote Pilot Certification training is broken down into two categories: First-time Pilots and Existing Pilots.
Although this training may seem tedious, this will take a lot less time to complete the training necessary to operate drones in the national airspace for commercial purposes. It is my belief that having the appropriate training in place for drone operators will allow for a safer implementation of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace with manned aircraft.
Joshua Larson is the founder of Breakover Services. He has been a pilot for 5 years and would like to share his knowledge of aviation with the drone industry.