What is "Commercial Drone Use"? 

Operating a UAS for compensation or hire is classified by the FAA as commercial use. The most common commercial drone application at the University is to collect promotional media. It's important to note that a flight can change from recreational to commercial any time after it's been completed. If media was collected recreationally but was then sold at a later date the original flight becomes a commercial one, subject to commercial UAS rules. 

14 CFR Part 107

Section 14, Part 107, of the Code of Federal Regulations outlines the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) rules regarding commercial use of drones weighing less than 55 lbs. Once Part 107 certified, a pilot can operate their UAS in uncontrolled (Class G) airspace for commercial purposes. In addition, exemptions can be requested to allow for operation in controlled airspace, beyond line-of-sight (BLOS), at night, and more. 

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.