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Tips for passing sUAS part 107 test


Getting your FAA certificate to fly drones commercially requires a series of steps and study. If you study hard for a few weeks you can pass this test without paying for expensive training. Below you will find processes, resources and notes I used during my study. This guide is intended to be ancillary to your main studies.

The test itself costs $150 which you are required to pay when you register for the test. You must be 16 years old and have a proper ID (driver's license works). You must renew your certification every 2 years. The TSA will run a background check on you.

Steps to follow.

You will be issued a temporary certificate. You can then register your drone for commercial use ( and begin flying. It can take months to receive official license from the FAA.


The FAA provides an official study guide for this test. It’s not perfect but it’s the most important free resource you have. Print it out. Read it entirely. Highlight things you don’t understand or know. Go back to them and reread until you understand.
FAA study guide

Here’s an additional small course online to help as well
Online Course

Once you feel you fully understand all the material in the study guide go through the sample questions that the FAA provides
Sample Questions

It is extremely important that you do not just memorize answers. You must understand exactly why you got the answer wrong as the questions on the test will be similar but not exactly the same.

Airport communications/weather reports are one of the trickier things to learn for the test. You can download apps to listen to local air traffic control communications. This can be valuable to test your understanding


This section contains notes I used to study. It's by no means the entire list of what you need to know but should help.


Certain personality/behavior types create risk during flight.

May cause you to reduce drone weight

Load Factor/AOA

Factors that affect risk management & sUAS performance:

Effects of structures


Misc. Operating Limitations.

Temporary Flight Restrictions

Drones and Transportation

Drugs and alcohol





Common sense rules

Thank you and good luck!