This video covers eligibility, what the test includes, how to register for it, and tips for taking the test. Also learn what to do once you pass the test, such as completing the IACRA application, and obtaining your temporary certificate.
- In this section, we will go over what the test will consist of and how to register for it. We will also go through what to do once you pass the test. The FAA does not require you to take a class to take the test. However, the lessons in this title will make these concepts easy to understand. This class does not guarantee that you will pass the test, and finally, we will not deliver the test. You must go to an FAA testing facility to take this test. And the test costs $150.
In order to be eligible for a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating under this subpart, a person must be at least 16 years of age. You should also be able to read, speak, write, and understand English. If you are unable to meet one of these requirements due to medical reasons, the FAA may place operating limitations so that the operation of the small unmanned aircraft is safe.
Also, you may not know or have any reason to know that you have a physical or mental condition that would interfere with the safe operation of the small unmanned aircraft. Then, you need to pass the test. If you hold a private pilot certification, you do not need to take this test. All you need to do is complete an initial training course and test and then apply on IACRA. You can then go through to a FSDO and have your paperwork examined by an inspector.
The test is multiple choice. You need to get a 70% to pass, and you have two hours to take it. To see where you can go to take the test, please visit the FAA website or follow this link. Once at the testing center, you will need to show proper ID. The test will cover regulations, airspace, weather, loading, emergencies, crew resource management, performance, physiological effects of drugs and alcohol, aeronautical decision-making and judgment, airport operations, and maintenance and preflight.
To register, contact the testing center. The procedures to take the test will be dictated by that testing center. There will be sample questions for you to practice before taking the test. Read the question carefully. Sometimes they are asking the opposite of what you think they are asking. Answer according to what the FAA tells you is correct. More than one answer may be correct. Choose the best one. If you do not know the answer, answer it anyway.
Answer anything, then mark the question and come back to it at the end. If you run out of time and you did answer, you have one in three chances of getting it right, but if you did not answer, it will be wrong anyway. You might as well answer it. If you are calculating a number, choose the answer that is closest to that number. It might not be exact. Request the printed supplement if you need to. You may use test references and aids.
There are printed books with figures and charts that you may request. You may also use a calculator if you need to, but it has to be a plain calculator. Do not bring one that saves information. You may not use a dictionary. You will receive a printed Airman Knowledge Test Result, or AKTR, documenting the score. You must retain this original printed document. I recommend that you make a copy of it. In IACRA, accept the terms of service.
Click on Start a New Application. For the application type, choose Pilot, then choose Remote Pilot. Go to the Other Path Information and start the application and follow the prompts. When prompted, enter the 17-digit Knowledge Test Exam ID, but please remember that it may take up to 48 hours from the test date for the knowledge test to appear in IACRA. Sign the application electronically and submit.
You will receive an email when the TSA background check is competed successfully. This email will give you instructions on how to print a temporary certificate. Then a permanent remote pilot certificate will be sent to you via mail once all other FAA internal processing is complete. Your temporary certificate will be valid until you get a permanent certificate or until the date shown on that temporary certificate.
Of course, if you are denied or if it's revoked, then this temporary certificate will no longer be valid. You could submit a paper application if you wish, but this will take much longer. Complete FAA form 8710-13 and mail it with the original copy of your knowledge test report. You will not receive a temporary certificate if you choose to go this route, but will instead receive a permanent certificate via mail.
If you change your name or address, you need to inform the FAA within 30 days. If you voluntarily surrender your certificate, then this will not be reissued unless you complete the requirements again. You will need to maintain aeronautical knowledge recency by taking a test every 24 months. The FAA also offers self-study resources on their website. If you fail the test, you can retake it after 14 calendar days have passed.
You will be required to submit the applicable AKTR indicating failure to the testing center prior to retesting. You may not copy the test, give or receive any part of the test, give or receive assistance during the test, take the test on behalf of someone else, be represented by, or represent, another person for the test, use any material unless specifically authorized to do so by the administrator. If you do cheat or do any other questionable things, for one year, you will not be able to apply for any certificate or rating, take any test.
You will get any existing certificate revoked. The FAA has a ton of publications available for free in PDF form. All you need to do is go to the FAA website and search. Most of the material for this class came from the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge.
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- Aircraft registration
- Operation limitations
- Airspace classification
- Radio communication procedures
- Air density, air stability, and fronts
- Emergency procedures
- The effects of drugs and alcohol
- Aeronautical decision-making (ADM)
- Crew resource management (CRM)
- Maintenance and preflight inspection