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ALC-451: Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (small UAS) Initial
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Certain requirements related to small UAS registration and Air Traffic Control airspace authorizations have changed since this course was originally published. Those changes have not yet been incorporated into the HTML-based content portion.

Prior to taking the end-of-course exam, please read through the 'Review' section to ensure you receive the latest information.

Part 107 small UAS Course Introduction

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

This course is designed for part 61 pilot certificate holders who have a current flight review (in accordance with 14 CFR part 61.56) and wish to obtain a part 107 remote pilot certificate with a small UAS 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 course 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 course 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 course 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 without a current flight review or other provisions of 14 CFR part 61.56)
  • Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASIs)
  • Aviation Safety Technicians (ASTs)
  • FAASTeam Program Managers (FPMs)
  • Anyone interested in learning more about 14 CFR part 107

Course Content and Objectives

When you complete this course, you will be able to identify: 

  • Requirements to obtain a part 107 remote pilot certificate with a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) rating
  • Characteristics of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as stipulated in part 107
  • Exclusions from the requirements in part 107
  • Requirements for small UAS registration, markings, and condition
  • Possible supporting crewmember roles in small UAS operations
  • Best practices for crewmember management
  • Recommended maintenance procedures for small UAS
  • Inspection requirements to verify that the small UAS is in condition for safe operation
  • Restrictions and procedures for safe loading of small UAS
  • Procedures for evaluating performance during small UAS operations
  • Effects of weather on small UAS operations
  • Operational requirements and limitations for small UAS
  • When to request a waiver under part 107
  • Abnormal and emergency situations that may arise during small UAS operations
  • Requirements for reporting accidents resulting from small UAS operations

Course Structure

This course will take approximately 2 hours to complete.

When you complete the this portion of the course, you will find a page with related links and reference materials.

At the end of the course is a review.

Following the review is a multiple choice online exam that you will need to take in a single session. Note: If you have difficulty reaching the Review and/or Exam sections after viewing the course, please go to your account on, log in, go to your Courses In Progress page (located under the Courses link under the Activities, Courses & Seminars tab), and click on Continue. If the Review and/or Exam buttons are "grayed out", be sure each of the previous chapter buttons are completed by clicking on each in turn. This will activate the Review button, which when clicked, will activate the Exam button.

This course was last updated 03-31-2020.

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Course Credit

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  • You must visit each chapter of the course, using the navigation bars at the top or bottom of each screen, and complete all the course material found on each.

NOTE: Some links may take you to other sites or open windows on top of the course window. You will need to return to this course on to complete the online exam. This might be as simple as closing all the additional windows. However, you may find it necessary to return to, log in again, and then "continue" the course from the Course List.

  • Upon completion of the review section the "EXAM" button will turn blue indicating you are ready to start the examination. Upon successful completion of the exam you are given the appropriate course credit automatically. You may then print a course completion certificate.