In this blog post, we answer some of the most common questions pertaining to a Part 107 License. If you are an aspiring or new drone pilot, this information will be particularly useful to you.
What is Part 107 License?
The FAA released Part 107 regulations in 2016. Under these regulations, drone pilots can obtain a Part 107 Certificate which enables them to fly for commercial purposes. A Part 107 license is applicable to drones weighing less than 55 pounds. For large drones weighing more than 55 pounds, you will need a Section 44807 exemption (formerly Section 333 exemption).
How Do I Get My Part 107 License?
How to Get Your Part 107 License in 5 Simple Steps:
- Study Hard
- Find a Part 107 Testing Center Near You. Call CATS at (844) 704-1487 (Toll Free) to schedule your Part 107 Test. Score 70% or higher to clear your Part 107.
- Apply for your Part 107 license on the FAA’s IACRA site
- Receive your temporary Part 107 card via email
- Receive your permanent Part 107 card in 10-14 days
Congratulations! You are Part 107 Certified!
How Many Questions are On the Part 107 Test?
The 107 test consists of 60 questions. You will get 120 minutes or 2 hours to complete the test.
What is the Minimum Score for Passing the Part 107 Test?
You need to get a minimum of 70% questions right to clear the Part 107 test. This means that you need to answer 42 questions correctly.
How Much Does It Cost to Get a Part 107 License?
The cost of getting your Part 107 license is $150. This license is valid for two years. This cost does not include any educational expenses that you incur.
How Long Does It Take To Get a Part 107 License?
Once you clear your Part 107 exam, you will receive your temporary Part 107 card via email. You will receive your permanent Part 107 card in 10-14 days.
How do I Renew my Part 107 License?
In order to renew your Part 107 license, you need to pass a Part 107 Recurrent Knowledge Test within 24-months of getting your Part 107 license. The Part 107 Recurrent Knowledge Test consists of 40 questions. You will have 80 minutes to complete this test.
Do I Need a Part 107 License for Flying a Drone Weighing Less Than 250 grams (like the DJI Mavic Mini) for Commercial Purposes?
This is another question that drone pilots often ask us. If you are a drone pilot flying in the United States, you will need a Part 107 license to fly a drone weighing less than 250 grams for commercial purposes. However, you do NOT need to register such small drones with the FAA.
Can I Earn a Six-Figure Income as a Part 107 Pilot?
Yes, you can.
As drone technology has become more affordable AND powerful, this has resulted in widespread use across a range of industries. From film & advertising to industrial inspections to public safety, drone pilots have numerous opportunities to choose from.
Having said that, you need to invest in your education and drone equipment/accessories to attain commercial success as a drone pilot and hit the coveted six-figure mark.
Let us talk about education first. It is common for Part 107 pilots to start off in real estate before transitioning to more advanced services. If you are looking for some effective tips to drive up your business revenues in a crowded marketplace, check out our previous blog post, “Drones For Real Estate – How to Capture Real Estate Photography, Videography and Reach Your Target Audience”. In this blog post you will learn how to increase value add by providing end-to-end solutions and automated workflows.
Working with Vermeer is a great way of getting some practical experience under your belt.
Gaining expertise in advanced applications like action sports, drone mapping and drone thermography can help you charge higher rates and build up a steady business stream from marquee clients.
Apart from education, you also need quality equipment to back you up. This brings us to our next question.
Which is the Best Drone for a new Drone Pilot? What about Drone Accessories?
DJI has been the de-facto choice for drone pilots who are serious about building a sustainable drone business. DJI’s flagship drone, the Mavic 2 Pro comes with a 10-bit, Hasselblad sensor and is a great option for real estate photography and videography. Low light results are quite impressive as well. You can check out our comprehensive Mavic 2 Pro review if you wish to learn more about this topic.
Currently, DJI is gearing up to launch the DJI Mavic 3. As per industry reports, this new DJI drone will come with enhanced AI and obstacle avoidance capabilities.
Autel Robotics recently launched their new drone, the Autel Evo 2 with 8K capabilities. This drone is priced at $1,445 and promises to be an attractive alternative to DJI. The Skydio 2 is another option that new drone pilots can consider. One big advantage of purchasing non-DJI drones is that they are free of geo-fencing.
Most Popular Drone for first-time buyers: DJI Mavic 2 Pro
Best DJI Alternative: Autel Evo 2/ Skydio 2
Drone to Look Forward to in 2020: DJI Mavic 3
Along with the right drone, you will also need drone accessories. Here are some accessories that you can consider buying:
- Drone batteries
- ND Filters
- SD Cards
- Landing Pads
- Drone Backpack
If you found this information useful, you might want to check out other blog posts as well. Watch this space for the latest and most exciting drone news and updates!