Michigan Drone Pilot Training and Part 107 Test Info
Find drone training Michigan 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 Michigan:
Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City, MI
Northwestern Michigan College offers an Engineering Technology degree with a specialization in Unmanned Aerial Systems and Unmanned Ground Vehicles.
Students completing this program will have a thorough understanding of UAS technology and the skills necessary to operate a small (under 55 lbs) UAV. They will be qualified to apply for UAV jobs in many industries including, defense contractors, weather forecasting, search & rescue and agriculture to name a few.
Northwestern Michigan College also offers a 2 week test prep course for the Aeronautical Knowledge Test required under Part 107. The course costs $599 and runs from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The course dates vary, so you need to check with the school to see when they are scheduled. Here is the link: https://www.nmc.edu/resources/extended-education/certificates/drone-pilot-test-prep/index.html
Alpena Community College
This course will prepare you to sit for the FAA UAS Drone Knowledge Exam. It consists of 16 classroom lecture hours covering regulations, weather, operations, National Airspace, loading and performance. It is not a hands-on-drone operations course. Cost is $260.
You can also visit them on Facebook at ACC UAS Drone Program – https://www.facebook.com/ACCdrones
Looking for drone pilot training in a different state? Check out the map on our drone pilot schools page.
Michigan is expected to have many employment opportunities for drone pilots. One of the top areas for commercial drone use will be in the agricultural industry and since Michigan produces more than 300 different agricultural commodities, drones used for precision agriculture are expected to become a booming industry in Michigan.
There are many other industries in Michigan looking forward to implementing Unmanned Aircraft Systems such as surveying, power line inspections, wildlife management, search & rescue and even putting on light shows to name just a few.
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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