The virtual test prep course is designed for those who are flying a drone for non-hobby operations, which requires a Remote Pilot Certificate. Earning that certificate requires you to pass an FAA knowledge exam.
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The center, located near Redden, Oklahoma, will serve as a hub for research, development, testing, and evaluation for crewed and uncrewed aerial system technologies, according of officials.
Drone pilots who are unable to comply with the FAA’s broadcast requirement of the Remote ID Rule now have until March 16, 2024, to equip their aircraft. The original deadline was Sept. 16, 2023.
Given that most close calls happen within 1.5 miles of a runway approach or departure zone, researchers recommend extending the runway exclusion zone for drones at the ends of high-risk runways from about 1 mile to 3.5 miles.
Slated for April 29, 2023, Drone Safety Day is designed to educate drone pilots about the importance of flying safely.
“We were just handed a tool to help aircraft manufacturers get their drones certified for use,” Alaska Center for UAS Integration Director Cathy Cahill said. “The FAA is allowing the test site to test and evaluate larger drones under real-world conditions.”
After completing 11 units at Fullerton College, students are matched with employers to complete the required 600 hours of paid on-the-job training.
In Oklahoma, the approval means drone pilots operating on the Choctaw Nation’s Emerging Aviation Technology Center UAS Test Range need only an electronic observer while meeting requirements to remain clear of crewed aircraft while the drone is beyond the pilot’s visual range of sight.
uAvionix, with support from the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, demonstrated to the FAA that it has established adequate risk mitigations to satisfy required safety standards for beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations in the National Airspace System, company officials said.