Dec 01, 2016
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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.

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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.

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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.

drone study app

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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