Drones have been around for years, and you can buy them almost anywhere these days. But just because you can buy them anywhere, doesn’t mean that you can fly them anywhere. Because these things can be very heavy and powerful, there are a lot of rules to owning a drone, and there are even more rules to flying one. In this story, I am going to take you through all of the steps you need to take to get your drone training certifications. Becoming a drone pilot is pretty easy, but you need the drone training certifications to be able to fly your drone almost anywhere that isn’t your backyard. So, let’s get into it, shall we?
The first step to getting your drone license so you can become an official drone pilot: Passing the eligibility test. You have to be at least 16 years old. This should go without saying, but you can’t exactly be trusted to fly around a heavy and expensive drone if you aren’t old enough to drive.
You need to be able to read, speak, write, and understand English.
Be physically and mentally capable to fly a drone safely.
And finally, you have to pass the first aeronautical knowledge exam.
Now, we move on to getting your drone registered. These machines are very powerful, because of that reason, you have to register it with your state so that it can be tracked like a plane. When you have devices like this flying around, your state needs to be aware of it just in case there is a plane flying around the area that needs to watch out for it.
You then need to schedule an appointment with the Knowledge Testing Center to take your exams to see if you have enough knowledge about drones and flying to actually fly a drone for yourself. After making the appointment, study up and be ready for anything they throw at you because the step after this is to take the exam.
Since this is a scheduled appointment, you should try your best to not miss it. But if there is an emergency or a bump in the road that you can’t get over, you can reschedule the appointment.
If and when you pass that test, you have to go through the process to get your remote pilot certificate. This isn’t something that requires you to take a test, but there is application process and they reserve the right to turn down anyone they don’t think will be a good fit for the certificate.
If the application is accepted, there will be a background check that is done. Once that is completed, you will receive an email informing you that you have passed the process and you can expect your certificate in the mail once everything else has been processed.
That is really all there is to it. It’s a bit of complicating process, much like getting a new job or going to a new school, but once you pass all of the tests and submit all of the information that you need to send in, you are free to fly your drone around in safe areas.
There are other rules and regulations with drones, but those can change depending on the area that you are located, so make sure to check up on those rules before going to the park to fly around your new piece of equipment. And most importantly, have fun and be safe during your flight.