Washington State Drone Pilot Training and Part 107 Test Info

Find drone training Washington State 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 uav flying in the blue sky of Washington stateOn 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 Washington State:

Galvin Flying
Seattle, WA

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“Drone”) Course

This 9 hour (day-and-a-half) course will prepare you to sit for the FAA Part 107 exam which can be taken at Galvin. Included are instruction with a drone simulator and also hands-on instruction with a drone. Cost is $249.

Free access to the drone simulator is given to all students after completing the course.


Glacier Aviation, Inc.
Olympia and Burlington, WA

Drone Training

Hank Snyder, a Rotocraft certified flight instructor, will prepare you to take the FAA Part 107 exam.

Group rates are also available.


Green River College
Auburn, WA

Bachelor of Applied Science in Aeronautical Science

This BAS in Aeronautical Science will provide students with a broad understanding of the aviation industry. Courses include practical experience, flight simulators, airport management and FAA regulations among other topics.
including preparing students for career areas in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems industry.

Aviation Technology – Unmanned Aerial Systems, AAS

This 90-credit Associate Degree covers licensing, operational requirements, FAA regulations and the commercial uses of UAVs. It also provides basic and advanced hands-on flight instruction in areas such as surveying, photography and inspections.

Aviation Technology – Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Basic Operator Certificate of Proficiency

This 16-credit certificate course will provide you with the knowledge that you need to take the FAA Part 107 exam. It will also go into topics such as data collection techniques, mapping using geographic information system software and other computer applications.


Big Bend Community College
Moses Lake, WA

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Remote Pilot Certificate of Accomplishment
This certificate program is designed for the working professional who wants to use UAS in their current occupation. It will cover all the important areas of drone safety, laws and operations.

The classes are a mixture of online and hands-on instruction.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Technical Management Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

This 90-credit Associate Degree program will give you the knowledge and skills needed to perform Unmanned Aerial Systems operations. These include programming, flight operations, mechatronics, sensor technology, data analysis and many other topics.

Mechatronics Certificate of Achievement

This is a 49-credit certificate of achievement.


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



Washington state has been increasing its use of drones recently. In fact, they have at least twelve drones in their fleet.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) is finding many uses for them as a cost-efficient and time-efficient way to monitor the state’s natural resources. They are being used to map forests and monitor landslide risks which used to be accomplished by crews on foot and manned aircraft.

Drone pilots need to be mindful of flying their drones safely.

In Seattle, there have been more than 20 incidents of drones flying too close to Washington state ferries on Puget Sound.

The drones pose a navigational hazard to ferry boat captains and both commercial and recreational drone pilots need to follow the rules and regulations and stay 500 feet away from vessels.


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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