Arkansas Drone Pilot Training and Part 107 Test Info
Find drone training Arkansas plus all the information that you need to get your Remote Pilot Certificate aka Drone License and fly drones commercially. The future is bright for the Unmanned Aircraft System industry as the demand for commercial drone pilots increases.
On June 21, 2016, the FAA released its long awaited Part 107 to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14CFR). These rules allow small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) which are under 55 lbs to be flown commercially in the National Airspace System. On August 29, 2016 the new Part 107 rules became effective and you are now required to get a Remote Pilot Certificate with a small UAS Rating in order to legally fly drones for commercial or business purposes. To get this certificate, you must PASS the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot aeronautical knowledge test.
Click here to find an FAA Part 107 test center location.
Please note: If you already have a Part 61 pilot certificate, you may only be required to take the online training course Part 107 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) ALC-451. All others can use this online course as a practice test.
To apply for your Remote Pilot Certificate aka drone license after passing the Part 107 knowledge test, click through to How Do I Become A Drone Pilot for your next steps.
Part 107 Knowledge Test Study Guide
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published a free Study Guide to help prepare you to take the Remote Pilot Certificate with an sUAS Rating Airman Knowledge Test. To download your free copy, click here.
Drone Training in Arkansas:
Unmanned Aerial Solutions of Arkansas
phone: (501) 590-7270
UAS Arkansas offers an 8-hour Test Prep course in a classroom setting that covers all five major sections of the Part 107 exam, including Regulations, Airspace, Weather, Performance and Operations.
Brandon Guillot, the owner of UAS Arkansas has 13 years experience with aviation safety and sUAS. He is also involved in a lot of policy discussions and the intent of this course is to help everyone be safe, ethical drone pilots in addition to passing the exam.
Students will receive a textbook that includes study questions in each chapter that will be reviewed throughout the course and a 40-question practice exam will be given and reviewed as well.
Additionally, UAS Arkansas provides students with the codes for 5 online practice exams.
This course is certified to provide up to 6 hours of Professional Development credit for Educators to count toward their required CEUs.
Drone Flight Training – $20 – $30 per hour
UAS Arkansas offers hands-on flight instruction and can provide the following aircraft: Beginner level (Syma X5s), Intermediate (DJI F450) and Advanced (Yuneec Q500 and Typhoon H).
There is a 5 person maximum for the flight training and it is weather dependent.
$50 Discount available to: Educators, First Responders and Active Military personnel.
Visit them on Facebook at Unmanned Aerial Solutions of Arkansas.
University of Arkansas
They offered a one week Unmanned Aircraft Systems 1 course back in August 2018. This course offered training to sit for the FAA Part 107 test as well as training to operate a UAS safely. The course was $799 plus $150 fee to the FAA for the Part 107 test.
Check back with them to see if they are going to offer this course again.
This is all we could find in Arkansas right now. If you know of any drone training courses in Arkansas, let us know and we will add them to our list.
Looking for drone pilot training in a different state? Check out the map on our drone pilot schools page.
Arkansas now has 18 high schools that have added an unmanned aerial systems (UAS) program to their curriculum and is being offered to students who are at least 16 years old. Beebe High School has been offering this program for the past 5 years and was the first in the state to do so.
The program was created in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Career Education and QTL/ExplorNet. It is a three-course STEM program which provides students with the information needed to pass the Part 107 exam and become certified drone pilots. It also covers how to design, build, operate and repair a drone as well as safety and regulations.
Students are shown how and why drones are used in real world applications including search & rescue, aerial photography, public safety, roof inspections after disasters and thermal imaging cameras to help firefighters find people in burning buildings.
In October, 2018 the first Arkansas Drone Con Workshop for students was held that included topics like Starting a Drone Business, sUAS and Wildlife Law Enforcement, Video Editing for Drone Footage and a few other topics including How Do I Do This Safely? Electronic Preflight Planning presented by Brandon Guillot of Unmanned Aerial Solutions of Arkansas.
Part 107 Highlights:
- You must be at least 16 years old.
- You must hold a Remote Pilot Certificate with a Small UAS Rating or be supervised directly by someone who does have this certificate.
- The drone must not weigh more than 55 lbs including any attached cargo.
- The UAS is not allowed to fly higher than 400 feet above the ground.
- The maximum speed allowed for the drone is 100 mph.
- The UAS needs to always be within the pilot’s line of sight without binoculars.Operation of the UAS is limited to daylight hours and during twilight hours only if the drone has anti-collision lights.
- You are not allowed to fly the drone over people who are not directly involved in the UAS operation.
- If the FAA requests your drone for inspection or testing, it must be made available with all records that are required under the new rule.
- Any UAS operation that causes a serious injury, loss of consciousness or property damage (not to the UAS) of at least $500 must be reported within 10 days to the FAA.
You can read the Summary of Part 107.
Read the complete Small UAS Rule here.
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