UAS Operations: 14CFR§107 Drone Ground School Study Guide

Preparing to meet the FAA knowledge test reqirements for UAS Remote Pilot Certification under 14CFR§107
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Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

The FAA lists twelve specific subject areas which the UAV operator should know to prepare for the Remote Pilot Certification exam, as described in section §107.73 for “initial and recurrent knowledge tests”.

(1) applicable regulations relating to small UAS rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation;

(2) airspace classification and operating requirements, obstacle clearance requirements,  flight restrictions affecting small UAS operation;

(3) official sources of weather and effects of weather on small UAS performance;

(4) small UAS loading and performance;

(5) emergency procedures;

(6) crew resource management;

(7) radio communication procedures;

(8) determining the performance of small UAS;

(9) physiological effects of drugs and alcohol;

(10) aeronautical decision-making and judgment; and 

(11) airport operations

(12) maintenance and inspection procedures

Those are the areas which will be covered in this training course.

Please note, however, while the course materials are based on the FAR §107 listed knowledge requirements, THIS COURSE IS NOT REPRESENTED IN ANY WAY as official FAA training course.

One recent student had this comment:
"No way do you need in-person instruction to pass this test.  Your Udemy course is 90% of the way there, which is pretty incredible since you had to develop it before the FAA even developed the test."


What are the requirements?

  • Only basic math skills will be necessary for completing this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • The goal of this course is to help the student gain an understanding of the 12 areas of knowledge listed in 14 CFR 107.73
  • Return to this course to review for the required renewal testing every 24 months.
  • Upon completion of this course and review of the supplemental resources the student should have no problem passing the FAA Remote Pilot exam.
  • The FAA indicates it could take up to 20 hours of study to adequately prepare for the RPC exam. Review the resource materials carefully. The download or purchase the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge is strongly recommended.
  • The information is here. Your success depends on how well you make use of what is provided.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is intended for those who wish to earn the Remote Pilot Certificatoin for commercial operation of small UAVs in the National Airspace. This course may be be useful to hobby and recreational drone operators wishing to expand their basic understanding of UAS operations.
  • Those whose only interest in UAVs is for hobby activities and do not intend to sell any services using their drone (including "free" photos for real estate) do not need FAA Remote Pilot Certirfication.

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Section 1: Introduction to UAS Operations: Preparing for the anticipated UAS Operator Test.

This introduction reviews the instructor's background and qualifications as well as providing an outline of the areas to be covered in the training course.

This compact but easy-to-follow course takes a around two hours to complete, and is complimented by download resource materials for additional study. Some within the FAA have estimated that preparation for the 14CFR§107 exam should take approximately 20 hours of study preparation. This course should provide the basic framework and resources needed to make that preparation. Watching the video is not enough to adequately prepare for the exam. The student should download the indicated resources here or through FAA.GOV or purchase hard-copy versions online or at a local flight training center or book store. 

The 14CFR §107 includes a requirement for initial and periodic recurrent (24 month) testing for Remote Pilot Certification (RPC). While this course is in no way represented as an "official" FAA training course, the materials presented include twelve areas listed in §107.73, with a sample test to measure the student's understanding of the materials presented. This course material is based on the most recent test standards published by the FAA in FAA-S-ACS-10 - (July 2016) and includes the listed resources for extended study. The FAA's sample test is also provided.

Every effort has been made to provide correct information, and the course material is continually revised and updated in an effort to stay current with changes and adjustments from the FAA. References and sources are cited within the training material.

This course is designed for first time pilots or those converting from a Section 333 Exemption to operation under 14CFR§107.

Pay particular attention to the Remote Pilot Knowledge Test Guide in the Downloadable Materials

Section 2: 01-Applicable FAA Regulations

UPDATED TO 14CFR§107 Final. We will cover the sUAS restrictions and requirements, registration, defining Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) and mobile Apps to aid the UAS operator. This is a long section but regulations will comprise between 15 to 25% of the RPC exam.

Charts added.

"New and improved!"  Rev. 9/01/16

Section 3: 02-Airspace Classifications and Operating Requirements

We will differentiate airspace classifications ( A, B, C D, E and G), define AGL and MSL, and discuss minimum safe altitudes for manned aircraft. Airspace questions will be 8 to 15% of the RPC exam.

We also cover aeronautical maps. If you viewed this lesson before it would be good to view the updated version for the additional material you will need for the FAA est.

"New and improved, again!"  Rev: 9/01/16

Section 4: 03- Official Sources of Weather and Effects of Weather on Small UAS Performance

This section covers sources of aviation weather information, the various sources and report types (TAF, TISB, METAR) along with a discussion of wind conditions including low level wind shear. We will also cover how to "decode" TAF and METAR reports. Weather is expected to be 11 to 16% of the exam.

Updated, revised9/5/16

Section 5: 04 Small UAS Loading and Performance

Weight and Balance applies to any aircraft, and we will explain how it affects a small UAS, particularly a multirotor such as a quadcopter. Loading and Performance will be the subject of between 7 and 11% of the test.

Revised/corrected - Updated 10/03/16

Section 6: 05-Emergency Procedures

We will cover response to emergency situations and reporting requirements and related issues.

Revised 9/5/16 with new material added.

Section 7: 06-Crew Resource Managment

We will review the duties of the member of a typical UAS crew, including the PIC (Pilot In Command) and the Visual Observer as they relate to FAA requirements. Other new material and practice questions added.

Revised 8/06/16

Section 8: 07-Radio Communications Procedures

The student will learn to apply the Phonetic Code, correct radio UAS radio procedures and other communications issues.

Rev 9/20/16

Section 9: 08-Determining Performance of Small UAS

This section goes beyond weight and balance to the effects of temperature and air density on the performance of a small UAV.

Revised 7/26/16

Section 10: 09-Physiological Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

Every pilot needs to be aware of the serious dangers presented by alcohol and drug use.

Section 11: 10-Aeronautical Decision Making and Judgement

ADM is a systematic approach to the mental process used by all involved in aviation to consistently determine the best course of action for a given set of circumstances.

Resources/references: AC107-2, AC60-22, FAA Risk Management Handbook, Pilot's Handbook.

Section 12: 11-Airport Operations

This section will help the student understand some airport operations and landing patterns. This lesson touches on use of aeronautical charts but is strongly recommended that the student review the Chart_Users_Guide PDF download resource to prepare for questions that will be on the FAA exam. The charts that will be referenced in the actual FAA exam are found in the sport_rec_private_akts.pdf that appears in the downloads for Lecture 14 below.

Revised/updated: 9/20/16

Section 13: 12 - Maintenance and Inspection Procedures

This lesson is designed to familiarize the student with knowledge and risk management factors associated with maintenance and inspection procedures for UAS operations, including checklists, basic maintenance, preflight inspection, techniques to mitigate mechanical failures of all elements used in small USA operations including the batteries and other devices used to operate the small UAV as well as appropriate record keeping.

Be sure to download and/or print or purchase the FAA AKT Chart Supplement (FAA-CT-8080-2G) linked below which contains the charts and other materials that are referenced in the FAA exam.

REV: 9/9/16

Section 14: Practice Exam
Practice Exam
55 questions

The FAA has provided a study guide for the Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification exam at the FAA web site HERE   In  addition to that, 3DR has provided an interactive sample test HERE

When taking the FAA knowledge test exam, remember to:

  • Carefully read the instructions provided with the test
  • Answer each question in accordance with the latest regulations and guidance publications
  • Read each question carefully before looking at the answer optins. You should clearly understand the problem before trying to solve it.
  • After formulating a response, determine which answer option corresponds with your answer. The answer you choose should completely solve the problem
  • Remember that only one answer is complete and correct. The other possible answers are either incomplete or erroneous.
  • If a certain question is difficult for you, mark t for review and return to it after you have answered the less difficult questions. This procedure will enable you to use the available time to maximum advantage.
  • When solving a calculation problem, be sure to rad all the associated notes.
  • For questions involving a graph, you may request a printed copy that you can mark in computing your answer. this copy and all other notes and paperwork must be given to the testing center upon completion of the test. 

To avoid test compromise, computer testing centers must follow strict security procedures established by the FAA and described in FAA Order 8080.6 (as amended), Conduct of Airman Knowledge Tests. The FAA has directed testing centers to terminate a test at any time a test unit member suspects that a cheating incident has occurred. 

Upon completion of the knowledge test the applicant will receive a printed AKTR documenting the score and the testing center's raised, embossed seal. The applicant must retain the original AKTR, but there is a process for obtaining a duplicate. Incorrect answers will be identified by an ACS code that correlates to a specific element where the correct information can be found. The ACS code replaces the earlier PLT code system.

Regulations will comprise 15 to 25% of the test, Airspace and Requirements will take up 8 to 15%, Weather will be 11 to 16%, Lading and Performance, 7 to 11% and Operations will comprise the remaining 13 to 18%. Operations would include things like visual line of sight, restrictions, medical issues, visual observers, ATC permission, inspection and maintenance.

The (Revised 7/5/16) FAA Sample exam is included in the Downloadable Materials resources below, along with the Sport Rec Private AKTS chart publication that you will likely see again at the testing center. The sample exam is from the Part 61 (licensed pilots) test prep, but most of the material should be relevant to the RPC exam.NOTE: You must access the web site using the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge browser. Other browsers will not work, even with the the correct login.

Rev 9/9/16

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Instructor Biography

Tim Trott, UAS Operations: Study guide for passing the §107 exam.

I'm Tim Trott, "the Drone Professor". 

I was granted one of the first 400 Section 333 exemptions by the FAA, and I am an active member of the Flight School Association of North America, the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

I hold an instructor certification from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and I have passed the FAA for Fundamentals of Instruction exam..

I am the author of two eBooks, UAS Operations, which is the basis for this course, and The Droner’s Guide, from beginner to professional, both available at Amazon.

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