What is a Drone Pilot’s License?
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) divides drone flying into 2 categories: recreational and commercial.
Recreational Drone flying would be for example flying a drone in your backyard, on vacation, or a local park. At Rising Aviation, we focus and prepare on commercial application of drone flying.
Commercial flying includes all other types of drone uses, particularly those when done for hire or as part of a business. This requires the pilot to obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA (more commonly known as the Drone Pilot’s License). This certificate allows one to pilot a small drone (up to 55 pounds), and can be operated for work or business purposes.
What’s included in Drone Pilot’s License Program Located at the Addison Airport (KADS)
Rising Aviation students that apply for the Drone Pilot’s License Program will be set up to earn their Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA. At Rising Aviation, your student can begin training as early as a freshman so by the time they reach their 16th birthday they can apply for their Commercial Remote Pilot Certificate. The program covers all of the steps and requirements of earning a Drone Pilot’s License according to the FAA, including:
Course & materials to study for FAA Drone Certificate knowledge requirements, including:
- Applicable regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft system rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation
- Airspace classification and operating requirements, and flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation
- Aviation weather sources and effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance
- Small unmanned aircraft loading and performance
- Emergency procedures
- Crew resource management
- Radio communication procedures
- Determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft
- Physiological effects of drugs and alcohol
- Aeronautical decision-making and judgment
- Airport operations
- Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures
- Operation at night
Taking initial aeronautical knowledge exam: “Unmanned Aircraft General – Small (UAG)”