Who are you?

Why are you flying?

Requirements to fly

  • FAA Part 107 certification
  • Flight reporting depending on COA or Part 107 use
  • Register your Drone with the FAA

Faculty Steps To Fly a UAS For Research

  1. If you do not already own an aircraft, please contact the Export Control and International Compliance office before purchasing as the regulations and controls surrounding UAS' are constantly evolving (especially if you are working on a federally funded project). 
  2. Take and pass the FAA Part 107 UAS Knowledge Exam and obtain your Part 107 certification.

Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate

To be eligible to get your Remote Pilot Certificate, you must be:

  • At least 16 years old
  • Able to read, write, speak, and understand English
  • Be in a physical and mental conditions to safely fly a UAS
Study for the Knowledge Test

Review Knowledge Test Suggested Study Materials provided by the FAA.

Obtain an FAA Tracking Number (FTN)

Create an Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) profile prior to registering for the knowledge test.

Schedule an Appointment

Take the Knowledge Test at an FAA-approved Knowledge Testing Center

Complete FAA Form 8710-13

Once you have passed your test, for a remote pilot certificate (FAA Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application) login the FAA Integrated Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application system (IACRA)* to complete FAA form 8710-13.

Review the full process to get your Remote Pilot Certificate.

Register your Drone with the FAA

Registration costs $5 and is valid for 3 years. You'll need a credit/debit card and the make/model of your drone to register your drone with the FAA.