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FAA Part 107 training/testing pushed to 3/16/21

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Heads Up! There is been a slight change to the Part 107 recurrence training. The roll-out will change from 3/1/21 to 3/16/21. This was so it would be in "accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2021, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, titled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review"." Basically, a new administration has the right to put any new rule "on hold for review" if it was added to the Federal Register during a specific time period between transitions.

It's very common. Although a pain in the backside for some. If you need to get your 107 current before 3/17/21, you'll need to take the in person recurrent test (UGR) one more time before you can take advantage of the new training. Unfortunately.

If your 107 is current after 3/1/21, this will not affect you.

If you have any questions, ask below. We'll get them answered for you as best we can.

 

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Heads Up! There is been a slight change to the Part 107 recurrence training. The roll-out will change from 3/1/21 to 3/16/21. This was so it would be in "accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2021, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, titled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review"." Basically, a new administration has the right to put any new rule "on hold for review" if it was added to the Federal Register during a specific time period between transitions.

It's very common. Although a pain in the backside for some. If you need to get your 107 current before 3/17/21, you'll need to take the in person recurrent test (UGR) one more time before you can take advantage of the new training. Unfortunately.

If your 107 is current after 3/1/21, this will not affect you.

If you have any questions, ask below. We'll get them answered for you as best we can.


Thank you for this info. Mine was issued on 3/10/2019. The license does not expire, but you lose the privileges, i.e. getting paid for my flights. Do you know if I would be able to take the online version after 3/10 and get my privileges of the Part 107 back or do I need to take the full test if I wait until after the 2 year period?
 

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Thank you for this info. Mine was issued on 3/10/2019. The license does not expire, but you lose the privileges, i.e. getting paid for my flights. Do you know if I would be able to take the online version after 3/10 and get my privileges of the Part 107 back or do I need to take the full test if I wait until after the 2 year period?

Technically you "Fall out of Currency". Your flying Privileges are good to the end of the MONTH 24 months from your last currency. So since you tested and became current on 3/10/2019 you are legal to fly under Part 107 rules until 3/31/2021 (end of the month).

Unless something MAJOR changes and they have to amend the process, you only have to become "CURRENT" and never have to take the initial test again. You could wait 5 years from 3/31/2021 and merely take the training and pass the testing at that time and you'll be CURRENT again. You just can't exercise the privs of Part 107 after 3/31/2021 until you become CURRENT again.
 

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Technically you "Fall out of Currency". Your flying Privileges are good to the end of the MONTH 24 months from your last currency. So since you tested and became current on 3/10/2019 you are legal to fly under Part 107 rules until 3/31/2021 (end of the month).

Unless something MAJOR changes and they have to amend the process, you only have to become "CURRENT" and never have to take the initial test again. You could wait 5 years from 3/31/2021 and merely take the training and pass the testing at that time and you'll be CURRENT again. You just can't exercise the privs of Part 107 after 3/31/2021 until you become CURRENT again.

Thank you for the quick response. I fully understand about not being "current". I don't fly commercially. I got certified so I know I know the rules and to be a better remote pilot. I do fly in restruicted areas that I need LAANC approvals. I don't think I need to be "current" to continue flying with LAANC approvals. I'm waiting for the online recurrence test.
 
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Thank you for the quick response. I fully understand about not being "current". I don't fly commercially. I got certified so I know I know the rules and to be a better remote pilot. I do fly in restruicted areas that I need LAANC approvals. I don't think I need to be "current" to continue flying with LAANC approvals. I'm waiting for the online recurrence test.


Correct you do not need to be current with Part 107 in order to fly under ~44809 (49 USC 44809: Exception for limited recreational operations of unmanned aircraft) right now. That will change in the very near future when TRUST is released and it becomes part of ~44809 and #2 - #7 become valid and required. At that time Part 107 and ~44809 operators will all need to be "Current" under whatever set of rules they wish to fly under.

In order to legally fly under ~44809 you must meet all 8 criteria (skip #2 and #7 for a couple more months). It's important for all of us to note, if you do NOT meet ALL of the criteria set forth for ~44809 you are flying, by DEFAULT under Part 107 rules and are 100% liable for all of Part 107.

 

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Heads UP!! Many of our fellow Part 107 Operators are failing to read the fine print and taking an online test for MANNED Aircraft Pilots and it does NOT satisfy the requirements to make non Manned Pilots Current!! Below is an exert I put out on a couple of Part 107 groups that I felt like needed to be shared here.

Online ReCurrency:
There is a Part 61 online recurrency exam but it's for Current Part 61 (manned aircraft) Pilots only. Unfortunately many Part 107 operators have stumbled onto this test and did not take the time to read the NOT SO FINE print at the top of the page which clearly ( and not in fine print) states the following (bold added by me but other than that it's Copy & Paste) -
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Part 107 Small UAS Recurrent Course Introduction

The FAA has developed regulations to allow the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (small UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) for purposes other than recreational aircraft operation. The rules are specified in 14 CFR part 107 and address UAS classification, certification, and operating rules.

This course is designed for part 61 pilot certificate holders who have a current flight review (in accordance with 14 CFR part 61.56) and wish to remain current as a part 107 remote pilot with a small UAS rating. References to “part 61 pilot certificate holders” specifically refer to holders of pilot certificates other than student pilot certificates. Part 61 pilot certificates include sport pilot, recreational pilot, private pilot, commercial pilot and air transport pilot certificates.

As a certificated pilot, much of what you already know about manned aircraft applies to the operation of small unmanned aircraft. This course assumes the learner has a remote pilot certificate and operational knowledge of 14 CFR part 61, “Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors,” and 14 CFR part 91, “General Operating and Flight Rules.” The course focuses on the knowledge areas of 14 CFR part 107 that are beyond the operational knowledge of parts 61 and 91.

Others may take this course as a self-study resource, including:

  • Holders of a part 107 remote pilot certificate who do not hold a part 61 pilot certificate (or part 61 pilot certificate holders without a current flight review or other provisions of 14 CFR part 61.56)
  • Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASIs)
  • Aviation Safety Technicians (ASTs)
  • FAASTeam Program Managers (FPMs)
  • Anyone interested in learning more about 14 CFR part 107
*******************************************************************************************************************************

So several (and I mean a LOT) operators who wanted to sneak under the wire to get their Part 107 Currency spent approx 2hrs (maybe more LOL) studying and testing for something they THOUGHT was making them current but in fact was just a PRACTICE test for them. If you don't hold a Part 61 license and you are CURRENT with your BFR that test is nothing but practice.

The above is a classic example of why you need to read and ABSORB everything the FAA puts on their pages in training and test materials. The DEVIL is in the DETAILS.
 
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