On June 21, 2016, the FAA finalized 14 CFR 107 (a 624-page document) governing commercial UAS operations in the U.S. The 3-page summary is a quicker read but scarce in detailed knowledge. And there is also guidance to help teach you how to follow the rule - AC 107-2. This law went into effect August 29, 2016. Remote pilots of small UAS, weighing less than 55 pounds, are required to pass a written knowledge test per these FAA instructions.
Download below FAA ORDER JO 7200.23 which is effective October 3, 2016, and the FAA Remote Pilot Study Guide - FAA-G-8082-22
The 2-hour knowledge test consists of 60 objective, multiple-choice questions. There is a single correct response for each test question. Each test question is independent of other questions. A correct response to one question does not depend upon, or influence, the correct response to another. The FAA has released 40 sample test questions (these are incorporated throughout this test prep and appear in blue)- see the Application Identification, Information Verification and Authorization Requirements Matrix for general requirements.
I also added some test questions that were on the FAASTEAM test for Part 61 pilots and these are in green.
(Answer key to all green questions is in one document, and answer key to blue questions is in another, both at the bottom of the page UAG Test Prep - 9)
Unlike other FAA written tests, the UAG Test requires NO instructor endorsement or other form of written authorization.
The FAA-CT-8080-2G, Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, and Private Pilot contains the supplemental graphics necessary to assist in answering any question on a UAG exam. You should become very familiar with this supplement prior to taking the test.
UAG: Unmanned Aircraft General - Small
On June 28, 2016, the FSIMS updated Volume 16 to incorporate the new Part 107 material. This volume provides information and policy guidance regarding how civil UAS operators, public, UAS operators, and model aircraft operators are authorized to conduct flight operations in a manner which complies with the applicable 14 CFRs. The primary audience for this volume is Flight Standards Service (AFS) aviation safety inspectors (ASI), their managers and supervisors, and other operational and administrative employees. The aviation industry and the general public may find this volume helpful for informational and planning purposes. Note that 14 CFR Part 11 grants of exemption are what were formerly known as Section 333 examptions. I have added pertinent parts of Volume 16 to the course material below.
The following web pages (UAG Test Prep 1- 9) are aimed at preparing you for the Remote PIC with sUAS rating written knowledge test, and are based upon the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airman Certification Standards (ACS) document - FAA-S-ACS-10 and the FAA's Remote Pilot Knowledge Test Guide - FAA-G-8082-20 which is available for download below.
The FAA views the ACS as the foundation to an integrated and systematic approach to airman certification. The ACS is part of the safety management system (SMS) framework that the FAA uses to mitigate risks associated with airman certification training and testing. Specifically, the ACS, associated guidance, and test question components of the airman certification system are constructed around the four functional components of an SMS:
1. Safety Policy that defines and describes aeronautical knowledge and risk management as integrated components of the airman certification system;
2. Safety Risk Management processes through which internal stakeholders identify and evaluate regulatory changes, safety recommendations, or other factors that require modification of airman testing and training materials;
3. Safety Assurance processes to ensure the prompt and appropriate incorporation of changes arising from new regulations and safety recommendations; and
4. Safety Promotion in the form of ongoing engagement with both external stakeholders and FAA policy divisions.
The UAS ACS includes Areas of Operation and Tasks for the initial issuance of a Remote Pilot Certificate with a Small UAS Rating. Each Task in the ACS is coded according to a scheme that includes four elements. For example:
UA = Applicable ACS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems)
I = Area of Operation (Regulations)
B = Task (Operating Rules)
K10 = Task element Knowledge 10 (Visual line of sight aircraft operations.)
There are 5 main Areas of Operation in total, some more complex than others
Each Area of Operation is further broken down into Tasks, and then even further into Task Element Knowledge
Task A. General (UA.I.A)
Objective: To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable in the general regulatory requirements of 14 CFR part 107.
Task B. Operating Rules (UA.I.B)
Objective: To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable of the operating rules of 14 CFR part 107, the registration rules of 14 CFR parts 47 and 48, and other associated operating requirements.
a. See and avoid other aircraft and other potential hazard considerations of the remote PIC (UA.I.B.K14a)
Task C. Remote Pilot Certification with an sUAS rating (UA.I.C)
Objective: To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable in the requirements associated with remote pilot certification with an sUAS rating.
Task D. Waivers (UA.I.D)
Objective: To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable of the FAA waiver policy and requirements.
1. The waiver policy and requirements (UA.I.D.K1)
Task A. Airspace Classification (UA.II.A)
Objective: To determine that the applicant is knowledgeble in airspace classification.
Task B. Airspace Operational Requirements (UA.II.B)
Objective: To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable of airspace operational requirements.
5. The Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) system including how to obtain an established NOTAM
through Flight Service (UA.II.B.K5)
Task A. Sources of Weather (UA.III.A)
Objective: To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable in sources of weather information.
Task B. Effects of Weather on Performance (UA.III.B)
Objective: To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable of the effects of weather on performance.
Task A. Loading and Performance (UA.IV.A)
Objective: To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable in the loading and performance of an sUAS.
Task A. Radio Communications Procedures (UA.V.A)
Objective: To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable in radio communication procedures.
Task B. Airport Operations (UA.V.B)
Objective: To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable in airport operations.
Task C. Emergency Procedures (UA.V.C)
Objective: To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable in sUAS emergency procedures.
Task D. Aeronautical Decision-Making (UA.V.D)
Objective: To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable in aeronautical decision-making.
Task E. Physiology (UA.V.E)
Objective: To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable in the physiological factors affecting remote pilot performance.
Task F. Maintenance and Inspection Procedures (UA.V.F)
Objective: To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable in sUAS maintenance and inspection procedures.
Speaking from the standpoint of a seasoned pilot I would like to recommend at this point a free AOPA membership (good for 6 months) so that you can reap the benefits of the Air Safety Institute Interactive modules at several points in this course (these will be denoted by name in message boxes much like this one).
Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS
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