Michigan Drone Pilot Explains How to Take and Pass Part 107 UA Pilot Test
Hey there. Welcome to another episode of Tips & Tech Talk, I am your host, Ron a licensed drone pilot from Michigan. Today we’re talking about what it takes to take and pass your Part 107 UA pilot test so that you could become a UA pilot and fly your drone for business purposes.
So, this handout that you can download from FAA.gov called Remote Pilot Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Guide is where you’re going to find the meat, potatoes of what you need to know to pass this test. So, if you’re taking it for the first time, I would recommend giving yourself two to four weeks, if you’re taking the renewal, give yourself one week to two weeks to study for this test.
So, if you don’t mind there’s a lot to cover here. So, if you’ll excuse me I’m going to spend the next four to seven days studying this and watching videos on YouTube, and studying information online, so yeah.
So I’m here, the day of the test, at the Oakland Regional Airport in Waterford Michigan to take my Part 107 UAS Pilot certificate test. I recommend you get to the testing center probably about a half hour before your test, so you can look over some of your notes one last time before you go in and you’re taking the test.
I studied a little different for the retest than I did for the original certificate. When I took it originally two years ago, there was a lot less information then, so I found myself copying and pasting a lot from different websites, you know from the FAA, down to references they used to make the questions. So, there’s a lot of copying and pasting and then making my own notes and then studying that.
This time, there was a lot more information. I just studied the FAA sheet, and then I watched a lot of YouTube videos. Tony Northrup on YouTube has a really good video, really informative and a really good . A really good video to watch, probably a couple times as you’re preparing for this test.
I will say, if you’re taking it for the first time there’s going to be 60 questions and two hours to take it. If you’re doing your retake, and you’re renewing your license, you’re going to have 40 questions and you’re going to have 90 minutes.
I’ve laid out what I did to prepare for this test, but I guess none of that’s going to matter if I don’t pass the test, so, I’m going to go in here and take this test, and see what happens.
I’ve taken the test, and I have passed, I got an 83 out of 100. I got several wrong. I will say that they try to really mess you up with wording, and in a lot of cases, they give you more than one answer that could be correct. So, they really try to trip you up, make sure you read the entire question if you are going to take this test, and make sure you understand the question before you give the answers.
One of the things that I really enjoy about this test is, while you’re taking it, it allows you to mark questions that you’re not sure about, so that after you’re done taking the test, you can come back and double back and check out these questions and kind of make sure that you spend more time on those. If you study for this test, you should pass this test. Plain and simple, at the end of the day, that’s what it comes down to. But again, be conscious of the wording of the questions and be conscious that they’re trying to trip you up. So, if you know the material, you’ll do fine, you’re going to have to know charts, you’re going to have to know airspaces, they’re really big on reading charts or maps, sectional charts, they’re called.
So, you’re going to be required to learn some things that probably aren’t part of your day to day things that you have to know. So, make sure you study for this test, and if you do, you should do fine.
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