Beginning August 29, 2016, first time pilots will be allowed to take the aeronautical knowledge test that is required for Part 107. Now is a crucial time to begin studying for the exam. Here are some tips to help you prepare:

  1. Read the 3-page Part 107 Summary.

  2. Go, download, and read the latest edition of Part 107. The regulations start on page 590. Anytime you have a question about something, make a note and keep reading. The large majority of the whole document is the FAA repeating the comments made to the NPRM and the FAA’s response and rational for the regulation. Treat it like the FAA’s commentary on the individual regulations. Anytime you have an issue with a particular word or regulation, use the ctrl + f function in Adobe to find the relative sections that discuss the key term you are interested in.

  3. Read the Advisory Circular to Part 107. Notice that the advisory circular has parts that parallel the parts in Part 107 to help answer any questions you have about the regulations.

  4. Take the course that the FAA developed for the current manned aircraft pilots. Go to faasafety.gov and take course “ALC-451”. It will take about 2 hours to study this and the material.

  5. Start studying these areas below. The FAA has some sections on these topics in their Pilot Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge.

    • 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

Source: Rupprecht Law, P.A.