April 16, 2021

FAA Part 107 Renewal

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Updated Part 107 Renewal Process

As some of you may know, the FAA has recently changed the process for renewing your Part 107 license. Previously, every 24 months a licensed remote pilot would be required to go to a testing center, pay the exam fee, and take the recurrent Part 107 exam. Lucky for us, the FAA has revised the Part 107 recurrent testing process. Effective 4/21/21, you will no longer need to go to a testing facility and pay $150. The process for a license renewal will be entirely online.

How to Renew a Part 107 License:

We have provided a step-by-step guide to complete the online renewal process:

  1. Go to the official FAA official site and log into your profile or create your account.
  2. Once logged in, go the Part 107 sUAS Recurrent – Non-61 Pilots training course. Once you have completed the course, you will take the online exam.
  3. Upon completion of the exam, if you pass, you will need to PRINT A HARD COPY OF THE RECURRENT CERTIFICATE for your records.  

Other Important Rule Changes:

Previously, the Remote Pilot in Control (RPIC) was only required to show their Part 107 Certificate to FAA Officials requesting it. This changes with the new rules for Part 107, created on December 28th 2020, added to the Federal Register on March 16th 2021, and going into full effect on April 21st, 2021.

As of 4/21/21 you will be required to provide a HARD COPY (electronic version is NOT accepted) of ID, and any other "required FAA Documents" upon any request from any federal, state, or local agency.

This includes your ID, Part 107 license, Proof of Recurrency, Aircraft Registration, and any other "document, record, or report required to be kept under FAA regulations". Physical copies of these documents are also required. Electronic versions on your phone, tablet, laptop, etc. will not be accepted. If you do not operate under these new procedures, you will not be in compliance with Part 107. 

Effective March 16, 2021, in order to operate at night, you must have completed either the FAA knowledge test or the online training that contains the topics of night physiology and night visual illusion.

Another addition to regards the waiver system. Previously, a RPIC was required to apply for any waivers he or she would need after they had obtained their Part 107 license. Under the new rules, passing the online training and testing will now allow certain operations with it. The operations include:

  • Operations over people (with specific limitations and UAS requirements)
  • Operations from a moving land or water-borne vehicle over a sparsely populated area

All other operational waivers will still need to be applied for online.

Please feel free to reach out to our team with any questions regarding the Part 107 renewal, go to https://flymotionus.com/contact-us/ to get in touch with one of our experts today!

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