How to get commercial drone license


How to get commercial drone license

 

ALTA UAV hexacopter flying. This is the best most expensive drone in the list.

ALTA UAV hexacopter flying. This is the best most expensive drone in the list.

You may be surprise but any business activity related to your drone or quadcopter needs to be registered and reported. For example, you can take photos with your drone, but it would not be permitted to sell those photos. Because by doing that you are making business and operating your drone for business purposes. In short, in order to fly your unmanned aerial system (UAS), drone or quadcopter for business purposes you need approval from FAA, and you cannot do that without FAA approval. Basically, what you need is a remote pilot certificate which may allow you to legally fly quadcopters or drones for business purposes. This business can be as simple as selling your aerial views or photography, video or whatever you can think on it.

Of course, if you are flying drones just for dun, you do not need such a licence, depending on if your drone is not so big or heavy.  In order to get your commerical drone license, you need to satisfy some requirements, such as be at least 16 years old, have a verified and valid photo ID issued by goverment, address and signature. There is a knowledge test that you need to take and pass, which may cost around 150$. Then, if you pass, you could apply for the Remote Pilot Certificate and complete a TSA background check and finally register your drone.

If your drone weighs more than 55 pounds, you cannot do it with a drone license or even a 107 waiver. Only a 333 exemption (which are hard to get, can take a long time and generally require a real pilot’s license to fly) can let you pilot something that heavy. Some companies may have a section 333 exemption, but in most cases, you cannot really operate or fly a drone for profit under the 333 unless you’re a certified pilot. The Remote Pilot Certificate is another option.

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