Virginia Drone Pilot Training and Part 107 Test Info

Find drone training Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia:

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Clifton Forge, VA

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drone) Qualification

This is a one session ground school course, given on Saturday, designed to teach you the information that you will need to sit for the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Airmen Certificate test.

It covers the rules and regulations you need to know to fly sUAS vehicles under 55 lbs safely and legally in the national airspace of the United States. The cost is $240.

Liberty University
Lynchburg, VA

Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance – Unmanned Aerial Systems Cognate

This degree is offered through the School of Aeronautics with a cognate in Unmanned Aerial Systems. This program will provide you with the leadership skills and technical training to support Unmanned Aerial Systems operations throughout the world.

Through a training partnership with Textron Systems, students will be able to earn certifications for Powerplant, FAA Airframe and UAS crew chief.

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

Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is conducting research on how drone technology can be incorporated into the agricultural industry. Agriculture is one of the major industries to benefit from this new technology.

The researchers are looking into the possible benefits to local farmers of using drones; specifically to check on their sheep.

Farmers can use drones to keep track of their animals, to see if an animal is injured or to even see if a new lamb has been born.

PricewaterhouseCoopers came out with a report stating that agricultural drones have the potential to become a $32.4 billion market. The use of sUAVs by farmers to monitor their crops and livestock can be a real time saver because one small UAV can cover a lot of ground pretty quickly.

The researchers are also testing the sheep’s reactions to the drones flying above them. It seems that while some of the animals just ignore the drone, others need a few exposures to it before they get used to it and learn not to notice.

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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