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How do I become a certified drone pilot?

Commercial drone operators are required to:

  • Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test. Cape Fear Aviation has testing on site. 
  • Be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration.
  • Obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate with a small UAS rating 
  • Pass a recurrent aeronautical knowledge test every 24 months.
  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Make available to the FAA, upon request, the small UAS for inspection or testing, and any associated documents/records required to be kept under the proposed rule.
  • Report an accident to the FAA within 10 days of any operation that results in injury or property damage over $500.
  • Conduct a preflight inspection, to include specific aircraft and control station systems checks, to ensure the small UAS is safe for operation.

                                    


Pilots who complete the Certificate course of study will be able to operate Unmanned Aerial Systems as Pilots in Command and Visual Observers  Students enrolled in the UAS Certificate Program will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various Unmanned Aerial Systems and will have the ability to match systems with mission profiles
  • Successfully apply Crew Resource Management (CRM) concepts in a collaborative UAS team environment.
  • Operate within the Federal and State Aviation Regulations relevant to UAS operations
  • Operate safely and responsibly within the National Airspace System


All entities, public and private, must operate in accordance with 14CFR Part 107, local and state regulations, and within the limits of their approved Waiver and Certificate of Authorization.  Additionally, commercial operations within North Carolina must comply with State Permitting Requirements. 


Read the entire Part 107 Advisory Circular 

UAS Operator Training Certificate, Unmanned Aerial Systems Operator

UAS Institute of North Carolina

What can you do with a UAS License? 

On June 21st, 2016, the FAA finalized a new regulatory framework for small unmanned aerial systems. Titled Part 107, these new regulations effectively create a new drone certification process that covers the majority of low-risk, commercial sUAS flight operations. 

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