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Part 107 sUAS Initial –Part 61 Pilots Introduction

The FAA has developed regulations to allow the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) for purposes other than limited recreational use. The rules are specified in 14 CFR part 107 and address UAS classification, certification, and operating rules.

This training is designed for part 61 pilot certificate holders who have a current flight review (in accordance with 14 CFR § 61.56) and wish to obtain a part 107 remote pilot certificate with an sUAS rating. References to “part 61 pilot certificate holders” specifically refer to holders of pilot certificates other than student pilot certificates. Part 61 pilot certificates include sport pilot, recreational pilot, private pilot, commercial pilot and air transport pilot certificates.

As a certificated pilot, much of what you already know about manned aircraft applies to the operation of small unmanned aircraft. This training assumes the learner has operational knowledge of 14 CFR part 61, Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors, and 14 CFR part 91, General Operating and Flight Rules. The training focuses on the knowledge areas of 14 CFR part 107 that are beyond the operational knowledge of parts 61 and 91.

Others may take this training as a self-study resource, including:

  •  Applicants for a part 107 remote pilot certificate who do not hold a part 61 pilot certificate (or part 61 pilot certificate holders who do not meet the requirements of a current flight review or other provisions of 14 CFR § 61.56) 
  • FAA personnel who perform UAS tasks (e.g., Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASIs), Aviation Safety Technicians (ASTs))
  • Anyone interested in learning more about 14 CFR part 107

Training Content and Objectives
When you complete this training, you will be able to identify: 

  • Requirements for certification and recency of knowledge to obtain a part 107 remote pilot with a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) rating
  • Characteristics of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) as stipulated in part 107
  • Exclusions from the requirements in part 107
  • Requirements for sUAS registration, markings, and condition
  • Requirements of the Remote Pilot in Command (Remote PIC)
  • Possible supporting crew roles in sUAS operations
  • Best practices for crew management
  • Recommended maintenance procedures for sUAS
  • Preflight inspection requirements to verify that the sUAS is in condition for safe operation
  • Operational requirements and limitations for sUAS
  • Procedures for requesting a waiver for eligible requirements in part 107
  • Abnormal and emergency situations that may arise during sUAS operations
  • Requirements for reporting accidents resulting from sUAS operations


107.74 Areas of Knowledge

(a) Applicable regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft system rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation;

(b) Effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance;

(c) Small unmanned aircraft loading;

(d) Emergency procedures;

(e) Crew resource management;

(f) Determining the performance of the small unmanned aircraft;

(g) Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures; and

(h) Operation at night.


Training Structure

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This training was last updated March 11, 2021.

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