The steps required to become a professional pilot are listed in Part 107 to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Steps Provided by FAA
On June 21, 2016, the FAA released Part 107 to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14CFR). These rules allow small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) which are under 55 (fifty-five) pounds to be flown commercially in the National Airspace System.
Now that rule Part 107 is effective drone pilots are now required to obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate with a small UAS Rating in order to legally fly drones for commercial or business purposes.
Key Aspects of FAA Part 107
Pilot must be at least 16 years old.
Pilot must hold a Remote Pilot Certificate with a Small UAS Rating or be supervised directly by someone who does have this certificate.
The drone must not weigh more than 55 lbs. (fifty-five pounds) including any attached cargo.
The UAS is not allowed to fly higher than 400 feet above the ground.
The maximum speed allowed for a drone is 100 mph.
The UAS needs to always be within the pilot's line of sign without any vision aids.
Operation of the UAS is limited to daylight hours and during twilight hours only if the drone has anti-collision lights.
Pilots are not allowed to fly the drone over people who are not directly involved in the UAS operation.
If the FAA requests your drone for inspection or testing you must make it available with all records that are required under the new rule.
Any UAS operation that causes a serious injury, loss of consciousness or property damage--not including the UAS) of at least $500 must be reported to the FAA within 10 days.
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