Kentucky Drone Pilot Training and Part 107 Test Info

Find drone training Kentucky 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 in KY.

white drone with camera flying in Kentucky blue skyOn 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 Kentucky:

Hazard Community & Technical College
Hazard, KY

Unmanned Systems Technology

They offer the following certificates:

Remote Drone Pilot (3 hours)

Unmanned Systems Technology (19 hours)

First Responder Specialist (25 hours) – This 25-hour certificate program will provide first responders with information about using drones for remote sensing, digital maps and CRM during emergency situations.

GIS/Unmanned Systems Specialist (21 hours) – This 21-hour certificate program will cover drone applications for geographical information systems including mapping, geospatial programming, web mapping and sensory applications.

Louisville, KY

PreciseSky offers a combo package of the following 3 classes for $999 or you can buy them separately. They suggest taking the online course first, then the test prep and finally the hands-on flight instruction.

Remote Pilot License Test Prep – $500

This course is will prepare you with the information that you need to pass the Part 107 remote pilot license test. Practice tests are also included.

Phantom, Inspire & Mavic Pilot Training – $500

Hands-on flight instruction for beginners to advanced by FAA certified pilots. Includes pre-flight checklists, FAA rules, precision flying, flying modes and learning about software for graphics and videos.

Part 107 Online Remote Pilot Training – $300

This online course will allow you to learn all the topics you need to pass the Part 107 test. Learn at your own pace.

Looking for drone pilot training in a different state? Check out the map on our drone pilot schools page.

Kentucky is poised to become one of the top areas in the country for conducting drone research, development and training.

It is home to the USA Drone Port also known as the National Unmanned Robotic Research and Development Center which is located in eastern Kentucky near downtown Hazard. The area is surrounded by Class G-rated airspace which allows for beyond-the-line-of-sight testing.

The facility was formally launched in March 2017 and the initial phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020. At that point the Drone Port will be able to provide educational institutions, private businesses, government agencies and small startups with a leading edge testing, training and research facility. It will be a place for students, manufacturers, technicians and inventors to come together to learn and collaborate.

When the initial phase is complete, there will be a 500 foot runway, indoor 24-hour UAV testing, space for offices, high-speed internet access, 3-D printing capabilities, computer labs and classroom space.

Currently, the USA Drone Port is available for test flights and other uses. For instance, first responders from several states have come to the Drone Port for Fire & Rescue Training Events.

There is also an unmanned robotics classroom located at the Hazard campus of Hazard Community & Technical College (HCTC) which provides training for the FAA Part 107 exam plus room to develop, design and build drones. Available equipment includes a flight simulator, 3D printer and computers.

Future plans for the USA Drone Port include research and development for underwater and land based drones.

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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