UAS Operations: 14CFR§107 Drone Ground School Study Guide
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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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Created by Tim Trott
Last updated 5/2017
Price: $50
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 39 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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  • Only basic math skills will be necessary for completing this course.

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."


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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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
Introduction to UAS Operations: Preparing for the anticipated UAS Operator Test.
1 Lecture 06:49

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.

You should not expect to watch this video course and immediately pass the FAA exam any more than you can watch a James Bond movie and expect to go to work for the CIA. The FAA exam is designed to test understanding, not memorization. The FAA has stated that it should take up to 20 hours of study to gain the knowledge necessary to pass the Remote Pilot Certification (UAG) exam and safely operate a UAV. This video course comprises the first two hours of that study.   You can't ride a bike by reading a book and you can't learn how to read aeronautical charts or METARS without just doing it more than once. Understanding requires study. We're here to get you started in the right direction with just the right amount of guidance.  By focusing your attention on the most important parts this course could help you reduce that study time to 10 hours.

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 bottom line is that, with over 600 trained, our students report passing the exam with an average grade better than 88%.

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

Preview 06:49
01-Applicable FAA Regulations
2 Lectures 24:07

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.

Revised (updated) 2/21/17

Preview 12:12

02-Airspace Classifications and Operating Requirements
1 Lecture 08:59

Revised (update) 2/21/17Revised (update) 2/21/17

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 test.

Revised/updated 2/21/17

03- Official Sources of Weather and Effects of Weather on Small UAS Performance
2 Lectures 21:27

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, revised 2/15/17

Part 1:

03-Official Sources and Effects of Weather on sUAS Performance

Sources of Weather Part 2

Sources of Weather Part 2
04 Small UAS Loading and Performance
1 Lecture 07:28

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 (updated) 2/21/17

04 Small UAS Loading and Performance
05-Emergency Procedures
1 Lecture 08:33

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

Revised/updated 2/21/17

05 Emergency Procedures and Accident Reporting
06-Crew Resource Managment
1 Lecture 04:31

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/updated 2/21/17

06-Crew Reource Management
07-Radio Communications Procedures
1 Lecture 12:34

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

Revised/updated 2/21/17

08-Determining Performance of Small UAS
1 Lecture 04:34

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

Revised/updated 2/21/17

08-Determining UAS Performance
09-Physiological Effects of Drugs and Alcohol
1 Lecture 05:09

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

Revised/updated 2/21/17

09-Drugs And Alcohol
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About the Instructor
Tim Trott
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UAS Operations: Study guide for passing the FAA §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 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the Flight School Association of North America (FSANA), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). I have joined the FAA Safety Team for the Birmingham FSDO to assist with sUAS education.

I hold an instructor certification from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to instruct law enforcement and public safety personnel, and I passed the FAA 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 are available at Amazon.