Montana Drone Pilot Training and Part 107 Test Info

Find drone training Montana 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.

white drone flying in Montana 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 Montana:

University of Montana
Missoula, MT

Autonomous Aerial Systems Office

The University of Montana has partnered with Northstar Jet to offer a 12 hour program concentrating on FAA Part 107 UAS commercial operations plus additional information such as VFR communications, waivers/COAs, flight planning and software.

The course will include simulator flight time, actual hands-on flight instruction in an indoor drone tower and exam preparation for the FAA Part 107 test which is required to get your Remote Pilot Certificate aka Drone License. Check the website to see if classes are available.


Birds Eye of Big Sky
Pilot EQ
Kalispell, MT

Part 107 Commercial UAS Test Prep Workshop – $1500

This is a two day course that focuses on preparing you to take the FAA Part 107 test. Besides covering the topics necessary to take the test, hands-on flight training is also provided.

Flight Intelligence Workshop Series

Birds Eye of Big Sky offers a comprehensive series of courses starting with Flight Intelligence Drone Workshop 1.0 which teaches basic flight operations and maneuvering of UAVs.
Flight Intelligence 2.0 goes into more technical training like Camera Settings, Media Management, Flight Route Planning, Equipment Standards and Business Branding your drone business.

Other Flight Training Workshops

Other workshops include Flight Intelligence 3.0, Advanced Drone Workshop Weekend, and a Group Workshop for larger groups that can be tailored to specific industry needs.

Birds Eye of Big Sky courses are taught using FAA Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) techniques. ADM training helps aircraft pilots to determine the best course of action in response to a given set of circumstances thereby reducing in-flight errors.

Commercial Part 107 Test Prep has a maximum of 15 students in the class and Part 107 Immersion is limited to a maximum of 3 students. This allows for more individualized learning from the coaches.


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



In the state of Montana there are many companies involved in drone research and development. They design and manufacture UAVs, engineer infrared imaging system cameras, conduct mapping of natural environments and safety inspections of energy and transportation infrastructures.

Since 2001, the University of Montana has conducted $20 million in cutting-edge fire science research. This research has focused mainly on remote fire surveillance, remote sensing and 3-D fuels modeling. They are designing and testing instruments and techniques which will show certain measurements of forests and fuels before the wildfires occur. The University’s Fire Center department connects fire managers on the ground with the applied fire technology.

Since wildfires are a major problem in Montana, this new technology is being used to combat fires which will open the door to utilizing drones in fire management in the future.

Also, research on using drones to collect spacial data and 3d mapping of mines was conducted by a group of Montana Tech students in Butte. They used drones to search for dangerous conditions such as unstable rock formations among other factors that could impact the safety of the miners. Montana Tech is the only college in the U.S. that has access to an underground mine research facility.

The drones also have gas sensors that can detect combustible or harmful gases so that they can be monitored before a bad situation occurs.

This study concluded that photogrammetric UAS can be as accurate as traditional GPS surveys.

Other uses for the UAVs in Montana include detecting insect problems, drought situations, timber & wildlife management.


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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