Birmingham Flight Center introduces our sUAS test prep program!
Our program covers the following areas
Airspace classification and operating requirements
Loading and performance
Birmingham Flight Center’s new accelerated drone program is designed to prepare applicants for the FAA Remote Pilot Airman Certificate Knowledge test.
It’s designed for those with or without an existing pilot certificate, and is structured to encompass all appropriate areas of FAA-S-ACS-10 in preparation for putting your sUAS to work!
And, since we are an approved FAA CATS testing center, you can take your test here too!
Basic rules to keep in mind if you want to fly a drone. Most importantly, if it’s for business you must be licensed.
|Fly for Fun||Fly for Work|
|Pilot Requirements||No pilot requirements||Must have Remote Pilot Airman Certificate
Must be 16 years old
Must pass TSA vetting
|Aircraft Requirements||Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs.||Must be less than 55 lbs.
Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs. (online)
Must undergo pre-flight check to ensure UAS is in condition for safe operation
|Location Requirements||5 miles from airports without prior notification to airport and air traffic control||Class G airspace*|
|Operating Rules||Must ALWAYS yield right of way to manned aircraft
Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)
UAS must be under 55 lbs.
Must follow community-based safety guidelines
Must notify airport and air traffic control tower before flying within 5 miles of an airport
|Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)*
Must fly under 400 feet*
Must fly during the day*
Must fly at or below 100 mph*
Must yield right of way to manned aircraft*
Must NOT fly over people*
Must NOT fly from a moving vehicle*
|Example Applications||Educational or recreational flying only||Flying for commercial use (e.g. providing aerial surveying or photography services)
Flying incidental to a business (e.g. doing roof inspections or real estate photography)
|Legal or Regulatory Basis||Public Law 112-95, Section 336 – Special Rule for Model Aircraft
FAA Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft
|Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulation (14 CFR) Part 107|
*These rules are subject to waiver.
Classes are filling up! Limited space is available. Here’s how it works.
- Classroom setting, 4 hours + break
- Classes begin at 12:30 p.m.
- $150 per applicant
**Individual student course may be available for an extra fee.