Become a Remote Pilot

In June 2016, the FAA released its final rules concerning commercial use of small unmanned aircraft. Starting in August 2016, if you want to operate your UAS or drone for commercial purposes, you will have to receive a remote pilot certificate. To qualify for a remote pilot certificate, you must:

  • Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center (which can be done at North-Aire, see below for more details); or
  • Hold a part 61 pilot certificate other than student pilot, complete a flight review within the previous 24 months, and complete a small UAS online training course provided by the FAA.

You will also need to be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration and be at least 16 years old.

Part 61 pilot certificate holders may obtain a temporary remote pilot certificate immediately upon submission of their application for a permanent certificate. Other applicants will obtain a temporary remote pilot certificate upon successful completion of TSA security vetting. The FAA anticipates that it will be able to issue a temporary remote pilot certificate within 10 business days after receiving a completed remote pilot certificate application.

You can read an abstract of the new regulation here.

If you currently do NOT hold a part 61 pilot certificate, you can get started today by calling us at 928-445-8320 or by contacting us here.


Sign-up for your knowledge test

North-Aire is an FAA-approved knowledge testing center where you will be able to complete the UAV knowledge test as early as August 2016. We expect the demand to be high and our testing center has limited availability. Use the form below to sign up for a testing spot and be the first one to get a remote pilot license!

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