FAA Part 107

Rockwall Aerial Photography is FAA Part 107 licensed.

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration initiated a NEW Small UAS Rule (Part 107), including all pilot and operating rules on August 29, 2016. These operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), open pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives.

107 Certification


To operate the controls of a small UAS under Part 107, the Federal Aviation Administration states that a pilot needs a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating, or be under the direct supervision of a person who holds such a certificate.

  • Certified pilots must be vetted by the Transportation Safety Administration. (TSA)
  • Certified pilots must pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center. The topics covered on the test include, applicable regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft system rating privileges, limitations, flight operations, airspace classification and operating requirements, flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operations, aviation weather sources and effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance, small unmanned aircraft loading and performance, emergency procedures, crew resource management, radio communication procedures, determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft, physiological effects of drugs and alcohol, aeronautical decision-making and judgment, airport operations, maintenance and pre-flight inspection procedures.
  • Pilots who already have a Part 61 pilot certificate, other than a student pilot certificate, must have completed a flight review in the previous 24 months and you must take a small UAS online training course provided by the FAA.
The rule’s provisions are designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground. The regulations require pilots to keep an unmanned aircraft within visual line of sight. Operations are allowed during daylight and during twilight if the drone has anti-collision lights. The new regulations also address height and speed restrictions and other operational limits, such as prohibiting flights over unprotected people on the ground who aren’t directly participating in the UAS operation. The FAA is offering a process to waive some restrictions if an operator proves the proposed flight will be conducted safely under a waiver.
  • Class G airspace*
  • 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 All of these rules are subject to waiver