Sarah Nilsson JD, PhD, MAS
Sarah NilssonJD, PhD, MAS

Prepare for your Remote Pilot Certificate with sUAS rating (Part 107) written knowledge test.


Last updated on November 11, 2023


Start by clicking on the links below and downloading the FAA material


FAA Website




Remote Pilot Small UAS - Study Guide - August 2016 - FAA-G-8082-22


Remote Pilot Small UAS - Airman Certification Standards - April 2021 - FAA-S-ACS-10B


Unmanned Aircraft General - UAG - Sample Questions - August 2021


Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, Remote Pilot, and Private Pilot - June 2018 - FAA-CT-8080-2H - contains the supplemental graphics necessary to assist in answering any question on a Remote Pilot Certification (UAG) knowledge test.


14 CFR Part 1 - Definitions


14 CFR Part 47 - Aircraft Registration

14 CFR Part 48 - Registration and Marking

14 CFR Part 61 - Certification of Airmen

14 CFR Part 71 - Air Traffic and Airspace


14 CFR Part 89 - Remote ID

AC 89-1 - Means of Compliance Process for Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft

AC 89-2 - Declaration of Compliance Process for Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft

AC 89-3 - FAA-Recognized Identification Areas


14 CFR Part 91 - General Operating and Flight Rules

Advisory Circuler (AC) 91-57C


14 CFR Part 107 - Small UAS 

Advisory Circular (AC) 107-2A


Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM)


Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS) - 8900.1 - October 2022


For the most current Aircrew Knowledge Testing General Requirements, refer to the

FAA Knowledge Testing Matrix


FAA Order 8080.6H - Conduct of Airman Knowledge Tests


49 U.S.C. 44809

49 U.S.C. 44807


Aeronautical Chart User's Guide - very handy if you encounter an unfamiliar symbol on the chart

PDF of Airspace





Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge


Courtesy of Greg Reverdiau and AZDrone here is a 3-D model to help you learn airspace


Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) 10015

SAFO 15010

SAFO 10017

SAFO 09013



Aviation Weather Handbook - FAA-H-8083-28


Listen to ATC recordings



Historical Documents (for potential reference)


Feb 2012 - FAA Modernization and Reform Act (FMRA) - PL 112-95

PL 112-95, Title III, Subtitle B. In 2012, Congress passed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, PL 112-95. Section 333 of PL 112-95 directed the Secretary of Transportation to determine whether UAS operations posing the least amount of public risk and no threat to national security could safely be operated in the NAS and, if so, to establish requirements for the safe operation of these systems in the NAS. As part of its ongoing efforts to integrate UAS operations in the NAS and in accordance with Section 333, in June 2016, the FAA issued a final rule adding part 107, integrating civil sUAS into the NAS. Part 107 allows sUAS operations for many different purposes without requiring airworthiness certification, exemption, or a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA).


June 2016 - FAA finalized 14 CFR 107 (624-page document) governing commercial UAS operations in the US. The FAA addresses aviation safety in 3 key areas: personnel, equipment, and operations. The FAA assesses each of these areas both independently to meet current regulations and standards, as well as collectively to ensure no conflicts exist overall that would create an unsafe condition. This approach allows the FAA to be flexible in responding to the needs of the aviation community while still being able to establish standards for future growth and development. Part 107 contains subparts that focus on each of these key aviation safety areas specific to sUAS, and the chapters in the AC are organized in the same manner.


July 2016 - FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act (FESSA) - PL 114-190

Aug 2016 - 14 CFR 107 went into effect

Aug 2016 - FAA-G-8082-22 - FAA Remote Pilot Study Guide went into effect

Oct 2018 - FAA Reauthorization Act - PL 115-254

April 2023 - FAA ORDER JO 7200.23D - went into effect


Voluntary Best Practices for UAS Privacy, Transparency, and Accountability


FAA legal interpretation of the term "congested area"
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My annotated copy of the part 107 preamble which contains many explanations for why the law was written the way it was, together with the FAA's interpretation of "sparsely populated"
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Applicants who do not meet the requirements in 14 CFR 107.61(d)(2) must pass the knowledge test before applying for a Remote Pilot Certificate with an sUAS rating. 

Free FAA training on the FAA Safety Team website:

- Current Part 61 certificate holders are eligible to take ALC-451

- Part 107 remote pilots who are also certificated and current under Part 61 are eligible to take ALC-515

- Part 107 remote pilot certification holders (regardless of currency) are eligible to take ALC-677


Integrated Aircrew Certificate and Rating Application (IACRA)


Practice tests are available at PSI Services, LLC


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:

Know before you go

Runway Safety

Do the Right Thing



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