New York Drone Pilot Training and Part 107 Test Info

Find drone training New York 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.

Remote Pilot Flying Drone at sunset in New YorkOn 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 New York:

Monroe Community College
Rochester, NY

Introduction to Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) – ($1499)

This is a non-credit course taught in six three hour sessions. Students will learn safety and operation of sUAS’s through computer simulators and hands-on training. They will be given a small UAV to practice the basics of remote-control flight. This is a good course to learn all the fundamentals of flying and safety regulations.

This course will also prepare you to take the FAA Part 107 exam.


SkyCamUSA
New York City, NY

Drone Flight Instruction

Learn first hand from an instructor with over 10 years experience in aerial photography and remote aerial video. Instruction in aerial video for television, film, commercials and other video productions.
Will train basic to advanced.


Mohawk Valley Community College
Utica, NY

Associate of Applied Science in SUAS

Students will learn how to design and build sUAS, mission planning, operations, flight skills, programming, FAA rules and regulations. Students can use MVCC’s FABLab to explore modeling and fabrication of drones.

Upon completion of this degree, graduates will have multiple career opportunities in the fields of real estate, agriculture, forestry and environmental research, photography and videography, law enforcement (search and rescue), disaster assessment, geographic information systems, and much more.


Rochester Air Center
Rochester, NY

Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS “Drone”) Flight Training Program

RAC offers an accelerated course to help you pass the FAA Part 107 exam. They are also an FAA-approved knowledge testing center.

The training that they offer includes hands-on flight instruction using a variety of drones and ground control stations. Also, instruction about applications, platform hardware, software, RF communication links and more.


New York is also part of the Drone User Group Network (DUGN) which promotes the responsible use of flying robots for the benefit of humanity through its association of community organizations. The New York chapter is NYC/NJ DUG and you can visit their Facebook page here.


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



Central New York has positioned itself as a global leader in unmanned systems technology.

New York has invested $30 million to create the world’s first 50-mile drone testing corridor that will extend west from Griffiss International Airport in Rome to Syracuse where advanced drone testing and research can be carried out safely in a controlled environment.

This New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport was designated a UAS test site in 2014 and that designation has been extended to 2023 with the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act in Congress.

The test site at Griffiss is managed by the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR Alliance) which is a not-for-profit coalition based in New York at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY. This coalition of over 100 private and public entities including academic institutions work together to operate and oversee unmanned aircraft system testing in New York, Michigan and Massachusetts.

UAS technology has outpaced regulations and we need to know how to enable drones into the airspace safely. Low-altitude air traffic management solutions need to be developed so that we are able to track them beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS).

The New York airspace corridor provides an environment where companies can safely test drones and air traffic management systems including onboard sensors which will let them detect and avoid obstacles.

The data that will be generated from these tests will provide information that will ultimately allow the FAA to make regulations advancing the commercial use of drones and their safe integration into the national airspace.

There are many industries in New York State looking forward to implementing Unmanned Aircraft Systems such as surveying, power line inspections, wildlife management and search & rescue 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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