What is a Drone Pilot’s License?
A Drone Pilot License, also known as a Remote Pilot Certificate, is a certification issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that allows an individual to operate drones for commercial purposes.
This includes tasks such as aerial photography, data collection, and other applications where drones are used as a tool for business or industry.
To obtain a Drone Pilot License, an individual must pass an FAA-approved knowledge test that covers topics such as airspace regulations, drone flight operations, and safety procedures. Once they have passed the test and met all other requirements, they will be issued a Remote Pilot Certificate that allows them to operate drones for commercial purposes.
At Rising Aviation High School, we offer a Drone Pilot’s License Program that allows high school students to earn their Remote Pilot Certificate while completing their regular coursework.
This program provides students with hands-on training in drone piloting and prepares them for a career in the rapidly growing field of drone technology.
What’s included in Drone Pilot License Program Located at the Addison Airport (KADS)
Rising Aviation students that apply for the Drone Pilot License Program will be able to earn their Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA. At Rising Aviation, your student can begin training as early as a freshman so by the time they reach their 16th birthday they can apply for their Commercial Remote Pilot Certificate. The program covers all of the steps and requirements of earning a Drone Pilot’s License according to the FAA, including:
Course & materials to study for FAA Drone Certificate knowledge requirements, including:
- Airport operations
- Operation at night
- Emergency procedures
- Crew resource management
- Radio communication procedures
- Physiological effects of drugs and alcohol
- Aeronautical decision-making and judgment
- Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures
- Small unmanned aircraft loading and performance
- Determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft
- Aviation weather sources and effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance
- 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
Taking initial aeronautical knowledge exam: “Unmanned Aircraft General – Small (UAG)”
Rising Aviation Drone Pilot Program Timeline
At the beginning of a Rising Aviation student’s junior year they’ll choose to pursue either the Private Pilot Pathway Program or the Drone Pilot Pathway Program. If they pursue the Drone Pilot Pathway this is what they will do each year.
The Drone Pathway course introduces students to the basic concepts of unmanned aircraft systems. They’ll cover topics such as regulations, operating requirements, safety protocols, emergency procedures, and more.
At the end of this course students will be prepared to take the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 Remote Pilot written exam.
In the drone pathway students will explore practical applications of unmanned aircraft systems in a variety of fields such as agriculture, public safety, and photography. They’ll work individually or in small groups to study and report on an approved aviation topic related to unmanned aircraft operations.