South Carolina Drone Pilot Training and Part 107 Test Info

Find drone training South Carolina 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 with camera flying in South Carolina blue sky.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 South Carolina:

Carolina Drone Academy
Lexington, SC

Drone Training Courses – (Course locations and dates vary – check website.)

These guys will travel to your business to train your employees. They can teach them any of the classes that they offer on the website or customize specific training for your needs.

They offer Part 107 Test Prep Classes, Intro to Drones, Hands-On Drone Flight Training, Drone Photography & Videography, Drone Inspections for Towers and Power Infrastructure and other advanced training.

Check out their website to see all the courses and where they are offered in your area.

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

South Carolina is the first state in the country using drones to monitor inmates at their 21 state prisons.

The drones, equipped with infrared sensors and night-vision are being used by the Corrections Department in Columbia, SC to monitor suspicious activity which can then be reported and investigated by officers at the prison.

There have been instances of inmates receiving packages containing weapons, drugs and cell phones by drone.

In fact, an inmate who escaped from a SC prison in July 2017 was believed to have acquired wire cutters from a drone that he then used to cut through fences.

Bryan Stirling, Director of the State Department of Corrections says this is the future of corrections.

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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