I created this free Part 107 test study guide to help my clients and the drone community based upon my experience as a FAA certificated flight instructor and aviation attorney.
Keep in mind that many of the courses online are taught by people who are NOT FAA certificated flight instructors. Dig in and find out if a flight instructor teaches the WHOLE course. For example, Drone Pilot Ground School’s remote pilot ground school is not entirely taught by a flight instructor. You can hear Alan Perlman’s, NOT a flight instructor, voice here.
The FAA compiled a list of many references in the final airmen certification standards for the remote pilot knowledge exam and FAA created study guide.
Unfortunately, they did NOT include everything you need or would find helpful. Below I have included the material the FAA suggested you study along with extra items that the FAA should have included, which are in the bold text, that I added.
I want to emphasize, after you pass your test, you should be looking for quality mentorship for the long term. Being a professional is not just about passing a test. If you are looking to be mediocre, I suggest you go to another industry and do us all a favor. It should be about learning the material AND how to apply it properly in practice. Passing the Part 107 exam is merely the key unlocking the door to begin your journey into aviation, Passing the Part 107 exam is merely the key unlocking the door to begin your journey into aviation, not a certificate saying you have arrived. To reemphasize, once you pass your test, go find a competent flight instructor who can help you apply the knowledge you will learn to real life situations so you can be profitable, legal, and safe.
I find it interesting the FAA did not note anything about Part 830 (except for one small reference in a PLT code) or the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS). Both of those programs are focused on safety while the FAA’s accident reporting requirement in Part 107 is focused on safety and enforcement. A pilot needs to know both of these programs. I find it also interesting the FAA didn’t mention anything about the NASA ASRS which is there for the pilot’s benefit, not the FAA’s, regarding enforcement actions. Let that sink in for a second. This shows the importance of why you need to have a good aviation attorney in your corner to look after you, as the FAA won’t. Read What Do I Do After I Crash My Drone?
Disclaimer: You aren’t guaranteed to pass the test based off this material.
The total number of regulations and pages is large. I chopped it up into what pieces of material you should know in entirety and what you should pick pieces and parts of based upon the ACS and other pieces of FAA material.
The total test will be 60 questions and you will have 2 hours to complete it. The minimum passing score is 70% which is a maximum of 18 questions wrong or a minimum of 42 questions right.
If there are any errors or broken links in here, for the greater good of everyone studying, contact me so I can correct it.
Step 1. Read all the steps.
Step 2. Sign up for the test. Instructions on signing up for the test getting your pilot license is here. You should pick a date based upon how much time you have in relation to how much material you need to go through. You are looking at around ~400 pages of material you need to read.
Step 3. Learn about the Airmen Certification Standards (ACS) and read over the Part 107 ACS.
Step 4. Start studying the material below. Note: I have 5 “cram” summary pages (like what you see on the right and up above), the regulations you need to study for the exam, 41 Part 107 sample test questions answered and explained, and the text of this article with hyperlinks in a 100+ page PDF you can download to study offline! The cram summary pages are only available in the PDF. Everything else is below. I did not incorporate all the FAA PDFs into this PDF as I anticipate they will be updated over time so ALL the FAA material is hyperlinked, but the 100 + pages of regulations are included.
Step 5. Once you are done or feel competent. Take the test of 40 sample questions. For your deficient areas, go over those particular areas in the ACS. All 40 questions are answered and explained here.
Step 6. In the final stretch of time, study Area II and Area V from the ACS since both of those areas will make up 50-70% of the test. Make sure you read and re-read the FAA Part 107 test study guide. Additionally, to start getting familiar with searching around for material, I would suggest trying to answer as many of the questions I created in More Part 107 Test Questions for Remote Pilot Knowledge Test. They are designed to be extremely super hard to force you to start becoming familiar with researching how to find answers. In the process of answering these hard questions, you’ll also be studying for the test!
FREE Drone Pilot License Study Guide!
- 100 + pages.
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- 24 exclusive sample questions.
- 6 "cram" pages.
Part 107 Remote Pilot Test Taking Tips:
Go with the “spirit of the question,” not the letter of the question. Try and figure out what the FAA is trying to test you on. Remember that these questions were most likely created very hastily and do not make perfect sense. When I took the test, I remember a few questions that looked like they were written by someone who was up at 2AM trying to crank out tons of questions. If you are stumped, then ask yourself, “What is the guy up at 2AM in the morning trying to test me on?”
Always keep in mind how the answers can answer OTHER questions. If you don’t know the answer, or eliminate the wrong ones, keep moving on. Sometimes the questions and answers further down will provide you the answers to the one you are having trouble with. When I took the test, I noticed that there were two questions that were very similar in topic. One of the questions had two really dumb answers which basically gave away the correct answer. If you knew nothing about the topic, just using common sense to eliminate the two bad answer, you could have used the correct answer to answer the first question.
Brain dump everything immediately onto your scrap paper when you start the test. You want to write down everything you think you will forget on the scrap piece of paper. Just dump it all out and any pictures and diagrams you have up in your head.
Try and answer the question BEFORE you read the answers so you don’t get tricked. The FAA likes to create answers where one is a slight “one-off” from the correct answer. By reading the answers, you can introduce doubt. For example, Federal Aviation Administration or Federal Aviation Agency? Which is it? They both seem like good answers. Is it MSL or AGL?
Eliminate the wrong answers. You don’t have to find the correct answer, just the wrong ones.
Read the test question AND answers carefully. I cannot over emphasize this.
Sleep and eat well. I would just sleep 8-10 hours. Take the test around 10AM-12PM. This way you aren’t rushed and can miss rush hour traffic as you drive there. When I was in law school (3-4hour exams) and taking the Florida bar exam (2 full 8 hour days), I had to make sure my body wouldn’t go out on me. I would eat very greasy foods right before I would go in so I wouldn’t be hungry while I would take a Kombucha vitamin B shot right. Check with your doctor to make sure this is ok with you. The vitamin B would start metabolizing by the time I took the test or started answering questions.
Tips For While You Are Studying
You will be able to take the test with the Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, and Private Pilot which is a great resource. There are two reasons why you should look for this supplement and know what is in it: (1) there are helpful legends which will be great for answering sectional map questions and (2) many questions on the test will reference some of the figures in this supplement. At the end of your studying, you should skim through and ask yourself questions based on the numbered areas on the sectional charts.
See a term you don’t know in the ACS? Look it up in the glossary of the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (PHAK) to see what the term means in a short statement. Want to learn more about the term in the ACS? Look up the term in the index of the PHAK and/or Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) which will tell you where to find more information.
Hit ctrl + f and type in the word to search through the PDF rapidly.
All of the study material below is free.
|14 CFR Part 45 (Subpart A & C)||Identification and Registration Marking|
|14 CFR part 47||Aircraft Registration|
|14 CFR part 48||Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems|
|14 CFR part 71||Designation of Class A, B, C, D and E Airspace Areas; Air Traffic Service Routes; and Reporting Points|
|14 CFR part 73 [this should have been in there]||SPECIAL USE AIRSPACE (Restricted and Prohibited Airspace).|
|14 CFR Part 91 Sections Referenced in Part 107.||Sections:|
|14 CFR 99.7||§ 99.7 Special security instructions.|
|14 CFR Part 101 Subpart E||Subpart E—Special Rule for Model Aircraft|
|14 CFR Part 107||Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems|
|49 CFR Part 830||Notification And Reporting Of Aircraft Accidents Or Incidents And Overdue Aircraft, And Preservation Of Aircraft Wreckage, Mail, Cargo, And Records|
|SAFO 15010 (2 Pages)||Carriage of Spare Lithium Batteries in Carry-on and Checked Baggage|
|SAFO 10015 (1 Page and 23 minute video)||Flying in the wire environment|
|SAFO 10017 (3 Pages)||Risks in Transporting Lithium Batteries in Cargo by Aircraft|
|SAFO 09013 (1 Page and a 10.5 minute Video)||Fighting Fires Caused By Lithium Type Batteries in Portable Electronic Devices|
|AC 150/5200-32 (11 Pages)||Reporting Wildlife Aircraft Strikes|
|AC 107-2 (53 Pages)||Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)|
|FAA-S-ACS-10 (33 Pages)||Remote Pilot – Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airman Certification Standards|
|FAA-G-8082-22 (87 Pages)||Remote Pilot – Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Guide|
|FAA-G-8082-20 (17 Pages)||Remote Pilot Knowledge Test Guide|
|Articles I wrote that will help you understand some of the areas you need to know for the test. (12 webpages total)|
|· Part 107 (ACS) Airmen Certification Standards Explained (2 pages)|
· TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) (1 page)
· What Do I Do After I Crash My Drone? (1 page)
|Things you should NOT Read in Entirety but ONLY the relevant sections I list or ctrl +f the term in the document for the relevant sections. (The AC00-06, AIM, RMH, PHAK points came from the Knowledge Test Guide Pages 12-16)|
|Aeronautical Chart User’s Guide||Aeronautical Chart User’s Guide|
· Pages 13-44
|AC 00-6 (200 Pages)||Aviation Weather|
· Winds / Currents
· Density Altitude
· Effects – Temperature
· Effects – Frost Formation
· Effects – Air Masses and Fronts
|AC 00-45 – Aviation Weather Services||Aviation Weather Services|
· Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAF)
|AIM||Aeronautical Information Manual|
· General Airspace
· Authorization for Certain Airspace
· Airport Operations Aeronautical Charts
· Radio Communications – Non-towered
· Radio Communications – Towered
· Traffic Patterns
· Traffic Advisory Services
· Phonetic Alphabet
· Scanning / See and Avoid
· Temporary Flight Restrictions
· Sources – Weather Briefings / Sources
· Prescription and OTC Medications
|FAA-H-8083-2||Risk Management Handbook|
· Situational Awareness
|FAA-H-8083-25||Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge|
· Loading/Performance – Balance, Stability, Center of Gravity
· Aeronautical Decision Making – Crew Resource Management
· Aviation Routine Weather Reports (METAR)
· Military Training Routes
· Other Airspace Areas
· Reading a Chart
· Aeronautical Charts
· Informational Sources
· Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAF)
· Hazardous Attitude
· Crew Resource Management
· Situational Awareness
· Effective Scanning
· Drugs and Alcohol
· Effects – Atmospheric Stability and Pressure
· Effects – Temperature
· Weather Briefings / Sources
· Prescription and OTC Medications
|FAA-CT-8080-2G||Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, and Private Pilot|
· Know how to use the two legends. Pages 1-19. This supplement will be provided to you when you take the test. If they do not, ask for it. Read Page 7 of this FAA document for proof.
· Know all the terms in Figure 1. (Look these terms up in the PHAK)
· Figure 2 – Know how to use.
· Figure 12- Decode these and study them. You should know how to read these for the real world, not just memorize these so you can pass the test.
· Figure 13 – You should read over this and know what information is important for you as a drone pilot and what is not.
· Figure 15 – This is important to know so you can plan operations.
· Figure 55 – Picture 3 and 7. This is how pilots dance at parties. After the party, if you ever have a flag and you need to hide it so it doesn’t get stolen at an airport, a great place to hide it is under the tail of an airplane. See Picture 4.
· Study Figure 20-26, 59, 69-71, 74-76, 78, 80
· Decode 31, 52, 63, 77, 79, 81,
This is Part of a Part 107 Series of Articles.
- FAA’s New Part 107 Drone Regulations- What Drone Operators Need to Know
- How to Get Your FAA Drone Pilot License (For First-Time and Current Pilots)
- Part 107 Waiver (COA) – What Drone Pilots Need to Know
- Part 107 Airmen Certification Standards Explained
- Part 107 Knowledge Test (41 Questions Answered & Explained)
- More Part 107 Test Questions for Remote Pilot Knowledge Test
- How to Fly Your Drone at Night-(Part 107 Night Waiver from 107.29)
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