The proper qualifications are required to fly your drone for profit with the FAA 333! Do you have a drone and would like to get qualified to fly it for profit? Alamo Helicopters is your one stop shop to get your qualifications squared away.
Why do I need a FAA 333 Exemption?
Under law, any drone pilot operating an unmanned aircraft (UAS) controlled from the ground for income or profit should have a drone pilot’s certificate, a certificated and registered aircraft and an operational approval by the FAA. This includes the need for all commercial drone pilots to secure a FAA 333 Exemption.
What are the requirements? (FAA.gov)
To become a pilot you must:
- Be at least 16 years old
- Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English (exceptions may be made if the person is unable to meet one of these requirements for a medical reason, such as hearing impairment)
- Be in a physical and mental condition to safely operate a small UAS
- Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge exam at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center
Pilot certificate Requirements
- Must be easily accessible by the remote pilot during all UAS operations
- Valid for 2 years – certificate holders must pass a recurrent knowledge test every two years
- Schedule an appointment with a Knowledge Testing Center (KTC), which administer initial and recurrent FAA knowledge exams
- View the list of Knowledge Testing Centers (PDF) to find one near you.
- Applicants must bring government-issued photo ID to their test
- Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge test – initial knowledge test areas include:
- Applicable regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft system rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation
- Airspace classification and operating requirements, and flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation
- 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 preflight inspection procedures