What is "Commercial 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. 


See the full Advisory Circular (AC) for more information.


Part 107 Qualifications

There are two ways to obtain your remote pilot certificate. To do so a person must demonstrate aeronautical knowledge by either:

  • Passing an initial aeronatical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center
  • Be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Be at least 16 years old


  • Hold a part 61 pilot certificate other than student pilot, complete a flight review within the previous 24 months, and complete UAS online traning course provided by the FAA


What are the steps to get certified? 

Please follow this link to the FAA's website for more information. 

For all testing information including study material and exam sign-up please follow this link