Connecticut Drone Pilot Training and Part 107 Test Info
Find drone training Connecticut 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 Connecticut:
Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, CT
This 18-credit minor is offered through the Journalism Department as an interdisciplinary minor with the Geography Department.
This course is for students interested in how small unmanned aerial vehicles can be used in environmental sciences, geography and journalism as well as other areas.
Some of the course topics include Basic Drone Technology, Drone Journalism, Television News, Maps and Map Making Technology and Intro to Photojournalism.
Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, CT
Offered through the University’s Drone Academy, this is a non-credit program broken up into 5 modules. Students can complete all 5 modules or just take the ones that are of interest. Some of the modules do have pre-requisites that are listed in the description.
The 5 modules are:
Safe Drone Operator ($200) – An 8-hour module where you will learn basic flight training and the fundamentals of drone components and terminology.
Drone Pilot FAA Test Preparation ($125) – A 5-hour module where you will get an overview of the topics that are included in Part 107 Test. There will be sample FAA test questions and study materials will be provided.
Drone Photography and Videography – Part 1 ($175) – This 6-hour module will give you the basics of taking aerial photographs and videos. Introduction to Photoshop and Final Cut Pro software. (Pre-requisite: Safe Drone Operator or prior experience flying drone)
Drone Photography and Videography – Part 2 ($175) – This 6-hour module will build on what you have learned in Part 1. Students will learn more advanced techniques to capture photos and video using intermediate flight techniques. (Pre-requisite: Drone Photography and Videography – Part 1)
Introduction to Landscape and 3D Modeling ($75) – This 3-hour module will introduce students to computational photography and mapping using drones. Structure from Motion (SFM) software will be introduced to produce landscape and 3D modeling imagery taken with UAS.
Looking for drone pilot training in a different state? Check out the map on our drone pilot schools page.
Drones have proven to be a valuable tool during emergency situations for police departments, fire departments and fire marshals’ offices in Connecticut.
In Orange CT, Fire Marshal Tim Smith of the Orange Fire Department, sees the potential for using drones in various situations such as detecting hot spots over a fire, routine inspections and situations that would be dangerous for a firefighter.
Drones have been used at serious or fatal accident scenes to get an aerial view of the situation. In the past firefighters have used fire truck ladders to assess an emergency scene but drones are less risky and faster.
The Hartford police department has also used them to monitor public events and track illegal ATVs.
Drones were used by the Connecticut Department of Transportation to inspect the Gold Star Bridge in 2016.
Other Connecticut cities using drones include Westport, Milford and Stamford.
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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