So after months of studying in my spare time, I finally took and passed my Part 107 Knowledge test in order to gain my license as a remote pilot operator so that I can start providing drone imagery services for my real estate photography clients. For months I have been looking to do this, but haven’t had much spare time. As the season slowed down, I was finally able to put in the time needed, and in the end I scored a 93% on my test! Way better than I expected to get.
For those who have not yet taken it, I want to make sure you know that it is not a simple test. It was not a simple study and pass a test kind of thing. I had to really dig in and get as much info as I could. I had to learn it and understand things about maps, and weather, and airport and radio operations, air craft performance, and personal performance. If I didn’t understand something, then I found a video online to help me understand.
I found that I wasn’t able to rely on one single source alone for preparing. The FAA Study Guide is a great starting point and has lots of good info, but there’s other things on the test that aren’t covered in the study guide. I found an app for $20 that had almost 400 study questions. Many of which were on the actual test. This app combined with the study guide and online videos really helped. I found other online courses also that are great, but I was close enough to being ready by the time I found them that it no longer made sense for me to invest in them. The app by the way was called the Remote Pilot FAA Test Prep – UAS Rating.
For those wanting to know about the test itself, please feel free to leave any questions you have in the comments below. I was not allowed to take into the testing area my phone, material of any kind, or writing tools like pens or highlighters. I was provided with a book that contained all the charts I had to refer to, and I was not allowed to mark in the book. I was given a clear plastic page and a dry erase marker if I needed to make marks over any of the pages for any reason. They also gave me a pencil and one sheet of blank paper. My test was done on a computer and I was able to bounce around as needed between questions. That way I could address all the easy ones first, and then go back to the ones needing more thought.
Once the test as done, I left there with a couple pieces of paper, one of which included a code related to my scores. I had to wait up to 48 hours for the system to see my code so I could complete the online precess for my remote pilot license. Once I got that submitted, now I’m waiting for about 7 days to receive my temporary license till I finally receive my official one.
I know that there’s still lots of drone operators out there flying commercially that do not yet their license. For mine and my client’s sake, I refused to do that. Once I knew I was ready for the test, I finally purchased my first drone, the DJI Phantom 4. Now while I wait for the process to finish running its course, I’m getting myself acclimated to my newest tool for my real estate photography. I definitely was not looking forward to all the expenses, but it’s worth it in the end.
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