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FAA rules allow anyone who passes an FAA knowledge test to fly drones commercially. This FAA certification is required for all drone operations, except those that are purely for recreation.
If you do any of the following, you will need to hold an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate:
- Aerial photography
- Land surveys and mapping
- Public safety, security, and law enforcement
- Agricultural surveillance
- Industrial equipment inspections
- Construction site surveys
- Mining operations
Joel Roggenkamp is a friendly and experienced educator and aviator who takes a student-centered approach to his teaching. He earned his flight ratings through the aviation program at St. Cloud State University. His teaching career began when he accepted a position as Aerospace Education Officer in his local Civil Air Patrol squadron. He has five years of experience teaching at the high school level and is currently an instructor at South Central College.
His aviation experience includes Cessna 152s and 172s, and most recently, flight time in a light sport Pipistrel Alpha. As well, Joel has been building and flying small unmanned aircraft systems for over ten years and is very excited to see where the industry will go. He's been helping pilots earn their FAA drone certificates since 2016.
PreviewException for Recreational Drones (11:22)
PreviewFederal Aviation Regulations (3:00)
StartWhat Does The FAA Do? (4:19)
StartFAR 107 Introduction (11:23)
StartOptional Flight Crew Members (3:04)
StartOperating Rules Part 1 (5:10)
StartOperating Rules Part 2 (11:17)
StartOperating Rules Part 3 (5:02)
StartAirman Certification (2:02)