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FAA Part 107 test: first week in review

Editor’s note: This blog post on the FAA Part 107 test was first written on September 1, 2016. Information cited in this guide might be out of date.

The FAA Part 107 test was made available this week, allowing anyone who passes to legally operate drones for commercial purposes.

1338 people completed the test on Monday and Tuesday, and the pass rate from those two days was 88 percent, according to an FAA spokesperson.

For contest, here are the 2015 pass rates for other FAA Knowledge Tests.

  • The pass rate for an airplane private pilot is 89.44%.
  • The pass rate for an airplane recreational pilot is 78.69%.
  • The pass rate for an airplane commercial pilot is 95.7%.
FAA Part 107 online test prep course

So how did I study for the Part 107 test? I studied using Drone Pilot Ground School online course. The instructor Alan, speaks in a really natural style that feels like a conversation and less like a lecture — making serious topics pleasant to listen to. And, you get a whopping five practice tests — more than any other online course I have seen so far and something I find extremely useful.

There are tons of other training courses running the gamut of your learning style — both online and in-person, free and paid, brief and rather lengthy. I’ve gathered a list of the best Part 107 study guides and training courses here.

I’ve received a lot of questions about the logistics of the Part 107 test. Here are some  frequently asked questions (with answers of course).

As for me? I’ll take the Part 107 test when I’m fully prepared. As many in the industry have said, it’s not enough to just pass. You really should know the material to be as safe and smart as possible.

Editor’s note: Sally French, The Drone Girl, took and passed the Part 107 test a month later in October, 2016. Learn how she passed the test here.

Happy flying, and happy studying!


  • DroneZon says:

    Great post and learning resources.

  • Brian says:

    As of this week 8/29-9/2 203 requests were made; not 1 request for airspace authorization has been granted to a remote PIC within 107. I am outraged that these requests take as long they do. A waiver of a portion of 107 might take some time, but 3 months to take real estate photos is almost an epoch in that industry.
    I’ve taken the Drone Pilot Ground School route, but I’m beginning to understand why so many people are unsatisfied with what they get into.
    Here is my prediction: the FAA created a number of rules it cannot enforce and uses this to stifle commercial growth of an emerging industry of people who tried to comply with their rules.

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